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Travel from Blue Water Hotel to colombo to do shopping

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Travel from Blue Water Hotel to colombo to do shopping

HI there

we are leaving next wednesday to stay at the blue Water for 2 weeks with Kuoni. We would like to go shopping to colombo and was wondering what the best time of day to go as last year we went in the afternoon and the traffice was horrendous.

My husband wants to buy some shirts and we brought some from House of Fashion but we were wondering is there anywhere else to go. Also is there a good hotel we could stop off at to have a meal / drink. Also any idea on the cost of transport, there will be 2 possibly 3 of us going.

thanks

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1. Re: Travel from Blue Water Hotel to colombo to do shopping

Hi,

You can easily avoid the high transport costs and the trafic.

Go by train. I think the cost from Waduwa is about 60 or 70 rupees per person, each way.

Enter a search on the Colombo Matara line and it'll give you train times and fares.

http://www.railway.gov.lk/Search_Result.php

The only time I went to Colombo to look at the shops was to O'dells.. By western standards quite cheap but by Sri Lankan standards very high but popular with tourist shoppers.

Rod.

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2. Re: Travel from Blue Water Hotel to colombo to do shopping

Yes, siding with Rod. A good place to leave the train (coming from Wadduwa) is Bambalapitiya railway station. It's 150 m from the biggest shopping mall in town, Majestic City. Incidentally House of Fashion is also in that area, but another 15 mins walk or a short tuktuk ride beyond the MC mall.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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3. Re: Travel from Blue Water Hotel to colombo to do shopping

Train is a good idea but will be quite slow and then there is the question of how to get around Colombo if you want to visit lots of shops. One answer would be to call a metered Kangaroo Cab. The waiting charge is fairly low or, if you are going to be a long time, just call another 15 to 20 minutes before you need it.

On Shops, Odels is the largest and has the best range. Sadly prices are not as low as they were and many of the well known brands have disappeared. Still good value by European standards though. It is near the Town Hall is Colombo 7

Other Malls are Liberty Plaza on Duplication Road, Colombo 3 and the Crescat Complex, which is beneath the Cinnamon Grand Hotel - a couple of good clothes and sportswear shops in here.

For something a bit more quirky in the clothing line or for fabrics and homewares and souvenirs have a look at Barefoot on Galle Road. Very good quality handloom stuff. Similarly Paradise Road does top end Sri Lankan wares. It is on Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 7. Both these places have good websites, if you want to see what is on offer. My suitcase is usually half full of gifts from these places.

http://www.barefootceylon.com/home.htm

http://www.paradiseroadsl.com/

If you are interested in good quality leather goods you could try The Leather Collection on Flower Road, Colombo 7 - again not cheap but the best you are likely to find in Sri Lanka.

Restaurants: the choice is endless. Overlooking the Indian Ocean at the Galle Face but you have probably done a lot of that at Blue Waters. The best restaurant in my opinion is The Gallery Cafe in Alfred House Gardens, beautiful fusion food in the former studio of Geoffrey Bawra, the architect who designed many of Sri Lanka's top hotels - not sure if Blue Waters is one of his. This place is owned by Shanth Fernando who also owns Paradise Road and two top boutique hotels. The Cinnamon Grand now has what is probably Colombo's best fish restaurant, The Lagoon, where you pick your fish and seafood from a vast display of fresh produce and they then cook it to any style you prefer, in an open kitchen, so that you can see it being done. Very expensive but a lovely treat. If you want something cheaper all the malls and Odels have food outlets within them. For good Sri Lankan food, try the Hotel Renuka. The restaurant is downstairs and has been refurbished terribly but the food is still good. This hotel is also on the Galle Road.

So depending on where you want to eat your should be able to plan a route that takes you around all the shops you want to go to in the most economical way. Get back to me if you want any help with this.

David.

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5. Re: Travel from Blue Water Hotel to colombo to do shopping

No Limit is a good chain shop for cheap clothes in Colombo and suburbs.

Hans

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6. Re: Travel from Blue Water Hotel to colombo to do shopping

Beverly Street in Colombo sort of in between both Majestic City, Liberty Plaza is another good shop for clothes.

I think the train is a good idea...but I imagine you want to have acar esp if you plan to do a lot of shopping so that you don't have to carry your shopping around.

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