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Colombo on a Sunday

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Colombo on a Sunday

We will be arriving in Colombo by bus from Sinharaja via Ratnapura & Avissawella and will probably arrive sometime between 1-2pm. We will have time to kill before we go to the airport via bus 187 around 8-9pm for a midnight flight and will have light carry on backpacks that we can move around with. What is open on a Sunday? Are there any good markets/shopping centres? Massage places? Sunday buffets that are reasonably priced? Interesting places that are open on Sunday? We are bird watchers but also like culture, music, dance, shopping...........

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1. Re: Colombo on a Sunday

If you're really keen on doing some birdwatching, then you can try the Thalangama tank. But it will definitely take some time out of your evening. All the restaurants and shops will be open for business as usual.

You can head to the National Museum on green path.. They have built up the adjacent area with a cafe and a Laksala (a great outlet for souvenir shopping)

The Dutch Hospital precinct has a collection of shops and restaurants. It's a great place to cool down. The restaurants are open all day up till dinner time.

For markets - if you're thinking of fruits and veg - the Kollpity market is the best option. There are a few trendy cafe/souvenir shops - scattered all over Colombo- that are worth checking out as well. For shopping either go to Odel or the new House of Fashions.

For massages, best try make a booking at the Siddalepa Spa. It's quite busy on Sundays. Ceylon Spa (they have a branch at the dutch hospital and another near Odel) is another option.

For buffets, I prefer the curry leaves at the Hilton. But it's a bit pricey at 26$ PP. Nuga Gama and Taprobane (both at the Cinnamon Grand) is popular as well. They should be about Rs 2500 PP.

Not everything in Colombo is within walking distance to each other, and lugging around with backpacks under the sun can be a strenuous experience.

Edited: 21 November 2013, 04:24
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Thanks for the suggestions. So far, the Dutch Hospital area seems to be more in our budget. I looked at the reviews and besides the shops, someone mentions a massage clinic that sounds like it would be cheaper than those really posh spas. The spas do look beautiful but expensive! We def want souvenirs, this will be our last chance to shop before we go home. We will have done enough birding in Kithulgala & Sinharaja. I would love some local artworks of native Sri Lankan birds such as Blue Magpies, Parrots, Kingfishers, etc (not peacocks, we have enough peacock art).

We aren't really into museums unless it's really hot outside and it's air conditioned, LOL! We do like museums with national folk costumes. Are there any folk dancing shows on a Sunday?

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Good thing is regarding traffic is very much less ; city tour would very much ideal on Sundays. But most of the shops in Market places will be closed in “Pettah” this market is very close from Dutch Hospital. You can visit Galle face green but it will be very crowded with locals. You can find some good restaurant near Dutch Hospital if you really like seafood’s you can go to Mt.Lavinia where it is filled with great seafood restaurants.

There are few places where you can try last minutes shopping: Dutch hospital, Laksala, Barefoot, Lakpahana, House of Fashion, Sri Lanka Gem and Jewelry Exchange, Premadasa & co.Main store and Gem museum…etc.

Edited: 21 November 2013, 07:19
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4. Re: Colombo on a Sunday

Hi,

Another suggestion would be the Colombo Racecourse, Colombo 7 which comprises of restaurants, a stationary shop, dress boutiques, sports shops, and handy crafts and gifts shops. A nice place to hang around, have a meal and to do some souvenir shopping.

Rgds,

Treshi

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5. Re: Colombo on a Sunday

Go to either he Dutch hospital, which is a shopping precinct or head over to Odell

, which is Colombo's biggest department store. You can get a massage and have a bite to eat there and do some shopping.

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6. Re: Colombo on a Sunday

Ruvini :

Odel is not the biggest department store in Colombo and it definitely has no buffets.

And the dutch hospital - all of which was already recommended on the thread - is more of a restaurant precinct than a shopping precinct . Esp if you consider the "Old Fertilizer Building" which is adjacent and hosts a few nice restaurants.

Tiki : The laksala shop near the museum has some costumes , displays and similar souvenirs. The best place to grab local art ( the blue magpie often appears in these) is by the road behind the museum where local artists sell their works. They did stop this temporarily during the CHOGM so I'll have to double check if they are back.

I don't know much about mid range spas. I've heard great things about the pricey ones and I've heard terrible things about the cheap ones

Now can anyone recommend a place to watch folk dancing ?

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7. Re: Colombo on a Sunday

Spot on SeekingPlaces... ;)

Further, ODEL only has a foot spa for foot massages!!!!!

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