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Colombo

Telephone dialing code for Colombo is 011

Places of interest

Galleries

Serendip Gallery (largest collection in Sri Lanka)
36 1/1 Rosmead Place
Colombo7
Tel: 011 4710002

Barefoot gallery (a laberynth and collectors dream)
706 Galle Road
Colombo 3

Artists’ Gallery
18 a Sarasavi Gardens
Nawala Road
Nugegoda
Tel 011 2769433

Lionel Wendt Memorial Art Centre (famed photograph, largely Black and white )
18 Guildford Crescent
Colombo 7
Tel : 011 2695794

National Art Gallery
106 Green Path
Colombo 4
Tel 011 2693965

Paradise Road Galleries (c. 50 paintings in a great café setting)
2 Alfred House Road
Colombo 3
Tel 011 2582162

Museums

Dutch Period Museum
Prince Street
Colombo 11

National Museum
Sir Marcus Fernando mawatha
Colombo 7

Places of Worship

Religion Place of worship Address
Buddhist Temples Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara 7km east of Fort
Gangaramaya Temple, Sri Jinaratana Road, Slave island
Seema Malakaya Temple, Beira Lake
Hindu Temples New & Old Kathiresan Kovil Sea Street, Pettah
Sri Kailawasanathar, Swami Devasthanam Captains Gardens, off DR Wijewardena Street
Muslim Mosque Grand Mosque New Moor Street, Pettah
Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque 2nd Cross & Bankshall Streets
Catholic/Christian Church Wolvendaal Church Wolfendhal Lane, Pettah
St. Lucia’s Cathedral St.Lucia’s St, Kotahena
St. Anthony’s Church St. Anthony’s Mawatha, Kotahena

Festivals

Duruthu Perahera held on Poya day in January. This festival in Colombo celebrates Buddha’s first visit to Sri Lanka.

Activities

Fitness Centres & Clubs

Hilton Sports Centre
1000 Lotus Road
Colombo 3
Tel 011 2544644 / 2437177

Lifestyle Fitness Lanka
45 Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha
Colombo 7
Tel. 011 4723300

Power World
320 ½ Galle Road
Colombo 3
Tel 011 257 778

Royal Colombo Golf Club
223 Model Farm Road
Colombo 8
Tel. 011 267 4519

Premadasa Riding School
11/12 Melder Place
Nugegoda
Tel. 011 282 0588

Ceylon Rugby & Football Club
28 Malalasekera Mawatha
Colombo 7
Tel : 011 2586834

Premadasa Cricket Stadium
Kettarama
Ticket office: 35 Maitland Place
Colombo
Tel :011 268 1601


Bars & Restaurants

Brasserie Café style

Cricket club Café
34 Queens Road
Off Duplication Road
Tel 011 250 1384

Barefoot Garden cafe
704 Galle Road
Colombo 3
Tel: 011 2589305

Queen Elizabeth café
417 Duplication Road
Colombo 3

Havelock Garden Café
6&8 Havelock Place
Havelock Town
Colombo 5
Tel: 011 2585191 / 2506153

Green cabin (Sri lankan)
Colombo 4

Fast Food

Crescat Boulevard Food Hall: Pizza Hut, Deli France, etc
Galle Road
Colombo 3

Pizza Hut
32 1/a Union Place
Colombo 2

Dominos Pizza
Galle Road
Mount Lavinia
Tel 011 4203222

KFC
Majestic City
Galle Road
Colombo 4

McDonalds
498 Galle Road
Colombo 3

Fine Dining (our favourites)

There are hundreds to chose from but our favourites are :

Koluu’s
32b Sir Mohamed Macan Markar mawatha
Colombo 3
Tel 011 2446589

Gallery Café
2 Alfred House Road
Colombo 3
Tel 011 2582162

Havelock Place (see above)

Banana Leaf
86 Galle Road
Colombo 4
Tel: 0112584403

Le Palace
79 Gregory’s Road
Colombo 7
Tel 011 2695920

La Rambla
18 Tickel Road
Colombo 8
Tel: 011 2685992

Fisherman’s Villa
College Avenue
Mount Lavinia
Tel 011 4202821

Beach Wadiya (Seafood)
2 Station Avenue
Wellawatte
Tel: 011 2588568

The Swimming Club (members only)
Galle Road
Colombo 3

Bars/Pubs & light snacks

Glow (Trendy and cosmopolitan)
3rd Floor
AA Building
42a Sir Mohamed Marcan Marker Mawatha
Colombo 3
Tel 011 4714666

Cricket Club Café (Full of ex-pats and sports lovers)
(see above)

Kiss Kiss Bar (Sophisticated youth, pre-club)
(se Kaluu’s above)

Clancy’s Irish Pub & restaurant (Good old fashioned Hooley)
29 Maitland Crescent
Colombo 7
Tel : 011 2682945

Rhythm & Blues (Jazz/ piano bar)
19/1 Daisy Villa Avenue
Duplication Road
Colombo 4
Tel : 011 4 517255


Entertainment/Nightlife

NightClubs / Late Bars

Glow
(see above)

Cascades (Dance music and occasional 80’s)
Hotel Lanka Oberoi
Galle Road
Colombo 3
Tel : 011 2437437

Blue Elephant (classic 80’s. Older clientele)
Hilton Hotel
Echelon Square
Colombo 1
Tel : 011 2492061

Casinos

MGM Club
170 Galle Road
Colombo 4
Tel : 011 2591319

Bally’s Club
14 Dharmapala Mawatha
Colombo 3
Tel : 011 2573497


Shopping

Antiques

Barefoot
704 Galle Road
Colombo 3
Tel: 011 2589305

Villa Saffron
411 SriJayawardenapura Mawatha
Welikada
Rajagiriya
Tel 011 5331 651

Clothing / Designer bargains

Arena (adult & children )
338 Darley Road
Colombo 10

Cotton Collection (adult & children )
1-23, 3-26 Majestic City
Galle Road
Colombo 4

House of Fashion (adult & children )
28 Duplication Road
Colombo 5

Odels (adult & children )
5 Alexandra Place
Colombo 7

Barefoot (adult & children )
704 Galle Road
Colombo 3

Bargains / Fakes Majestic City
Galle Road
Colombo 4
Shopping Centres

Odels
5 Alexandra Place
Colombo 7

Crescat Boulevard
Galle Road
Colombo 3

Liberty Plaza
Duplication Road
Colombo 1

Gifts / crafts / house ware

Odels
See above

Arena
338 Darley Road
Colombo 10

Barefoot
704 Galle Road
Colombo 3

Gallery café
2 Alfred House Road
Colombo 3
Tel 011 2582162


Getting About

Taxi services

Airport Express
Tel: 011 5555050

Quick radio Cabs
Tel 011 2502888/9

Tuk Tuk’s

Prices around Colombo are markedly higher than the provinces but you should negotiate hard with any quoted price. Ask a few drivers and always negotiate the full journey at the beginning if you are stopping at a few destinations. Paying a driver for the day is usually cheaper and less hassle.

Trains

The main station is in the Fort and is the base for the Information Centre
Open : 9am-5pm Mon- Fri, 9am-1pm Sat.
Tel. 011 244 0048

There are a series of 5 sub stations along the Galle Road : Kollupitiya, bambalapitiya, Wellawatta, Dehiwala, Mt Lavinia. Some express trains will not stop at all these stations.

Buses

Colombo has 3 main bus stations, all on the South edge of Pettah and East of the Fort train station.

Bus Station Buses Departing To
Bastian Mawatha station Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Trincomalee, Ambalangoda, Hikkaduwa, Galle, Matara, Aluthgama, Tangalle, Kataragama, Aiport (no.187)
Saunders Place Station Negombo, Ratnapura, Kurenagala, Haputale, Badulla, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa
Central Bus Station Olcott Mawatha Colombo Suburbs

Airports

International : Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake
Hotline for arrivals/ departures: Tel. 019 733 555

Domestic: Ratmalana Airport, South of Mt Lavinia, off Galle Road
Lionair / serendib Express

See our Moving Around review for help with transport.

Guide Books

Colombo produces a number of excellent “Time-out” equivalents which list all the latest venues and activities. They focus on Colombo but cover other Cities from time to time.

"LT" (Leisure Times) and "Oh!" Magazines can both be found in most of the shopping centres.

Daily News is the English newspaper and the Sunday Observer has many promotional deals and news on festivities and events.

Useful Contacts

Contact Telephone
Ceylon Tourist Board 011 243 7571
Police (tourist) 011 250 3629
Medi-call Ambulance 011 257 5475

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