Region Columbo - Details


Telephone dialing code for Colombo is 011

Places of interest



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

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

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

Paradise Road Galleries (c. 50 paintings in a great café setting)

2 Alfred House Road
Colombo 3
Tel 011 2582162


Dutch Period Museum
Prince Street
Colombo 11

National Museum
Sir Marcus Fernando mawatha
Colombo 7

Ceylon Tea Museum
Tel: 0813803204
Ambalangoda Mask Museum
Tel: 0912258373

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




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


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
Tel. 011 282 0588

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

Premadasa Cricket Stadium
Ticket office: 35 Maitland Place
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

Park Street Mews,
50/1, Park Street, Colombo 02
Tel: 011 2300133
Coffee Bean,
2, Maitland Crescent,
Colombo 07
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

Majestic City
Galle Road
Colombo 4

498 Galle Road
Colombo 3

50, A, Muttiah Road,
Colombo 02
Fine Dining (our favourites)

There are hundreds to chose from but our favourites are :

Ministry Of Crab
Dutch Hospital Premises
Echelon Square,
Colombo 01
Tel: 011 2342722
Harbour Room
Grand Oriental Hotel
2 York Street
Colombo 01
Tel: 011 2320391
Gallery Café
2 Alfred House Road
Colombo 3
Tel: 011 2582162
Curry Leaves
68, W.A De Silva Mw,
Colombo 6
Tel: 011 2593364
41, 2/1 Maitland Crescent ,
Colombo 7
Tel: 0112682122
7 North
Cinnamon Lakeside, 
115, Sir Chittampalam A. Gardiner Mw,
Colombo 2

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


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)
34, Queens Road,
Colombo 3
Tel: 011 2501384
372, A Nawala Road,
Tel: 011 2862077

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

Golden Mile
43/14, Off College Avenue,
Mount Lavinia
Tel: 011 2733997
Rhythm & Blues
19/1, Daisy Villa Avenue,
Colombo 0
Tel: 011 5363859




NightClubs / Late Bars

(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


MGM Club
170 Galle Road
Colombo 4
Tel : 011 2591319

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




Country Life
829, Kotte Road
Tel: 011 2865449
28, Goer Street,
Colombo 5
Tel: 011 2502196
Dutch Wall Antique
24, Morris Road, Galle
Tel: 091 7200620
Clothing / Designer bargains
Beverly Street
438, R.A De Mel,
Colombo 3
Cotton Collection (adult & children )
143, Dharmapala Mw,
Colombo 7

House of Fashions (adult & children )
Colombo 8

Odels (adult & children )
5 Alexandra Place
Colombo 7

Barefoot (adult & children )
704 Galle Road
Colombo 3


Bargains / Fakes



Shopping Centres

5 Alexandra Place
Colombo 7

Crescat Boulevard
Galle Road
Colombo 3

Liberty Plaza
Duplication Road
Colombo 1

House of Fashions
Colombo 08
Majestic City
Galle Road
Colombo 04
Gifts / crafts / house ware

See above

House of Fashions
Colombo 08

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


Tuk Tuk’s

Meter Taxis are available around Colombo. For out stations, you should negotiate a 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.


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.


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


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

Mattala - Rajapakshe International Airport (MRIA), Hambantota

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 011 242 6900
Police (tourist) 011 242 1070
Medi-call Ambulance 011 255 6605


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