Nightlife in Colombo -Entertainment for everyone!

Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka is an intriguing city that has something for everyone. Over the years the once uninteresting nightlife has transformed into a place that offers plenty of unique options to suit everyone’s tastes. For the youthful partygoers who are looking for loud music, plenty of booze and clicking selfies in the trendiest outfits then Colombo certainly does cater to them.

Many a five-star level hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka has live music playing in the lobby area or other public spaces. These are usually popular among families with children as well as the mature crowds who prefer to have a cup of coffee, converse and listen to the music of popular local bands after a filling dinner.

In terms of dining, there’s an excellent choice of restaurants available in Colombo. You can try the plush restaurants at well-known hotels such as Berjaya Hotel Colombo or try the flavours of the world in different restaurants around the city. Apart from plush restaurants, you can also try out the street food, which is a popular choice among locals for dinner outings. Visitors has an endless list of street food choices any many of these dishes are uniquely Sri Lankan recipes. Kottu, hoppers, string hoppers, as well as a wide array of localized Chinese food, is available on the streets of Colombo to fill you up at very reasonable rates.

Colombo’s evolving pub culture is coupled with the country’s reputation for its hospitality. Pub hopping will give you a chance to fill your night with great memories and new friends. Sri Lankans are in general a helpful, friendly and hospitable bunch so even if you go out alone in the night you are sure to make friends. Similar to anywhere else in the world, you need to use your discretion on whether or not the people you meet are genuine.

If gambling is your thing then Colombo has a number of casinos. The clubs offer gamblers roulette, baccarat, poker, blackjack, and other games to try their luck as well as complimentary food and drinks, and sometimes music with live bands playing. You need to be 18 years and above to enter these casinos and some of them are permitted only for foreigners.

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Brief Garden by Bevis Bawa – enter Bawa’s world

Ever heard of Bevis Bawa? If you have not heard of that name, well you do not have to. You will know who he is and what kind of a man he was when you visit Brief Garden. The Garden is easy to reach from any hotels in Wadduwa. Take a walk and you will see its fairy-tale atmosphere.

Bevis Bawa was an architect who never had to worry about money. He had an artistic flair and fused it with architecture and that is what you will get to see at the Brief Garden. While he was alive, many of his artist friends used this garden as muse for their creative works. One Australian artist had ended up staying here for five years, though initially he wanted to stay here only for five days. But you cannot afford to be like that artiste. Bawa is long dead and gone. And the garden is now under the supervision of a trust.
If you need to know how to get there, stay somewhere like Taprobana Wadduwa and ask their helpdesk for directions. The road to the Garden is not an easily paved way. You need to travel through a forest. Once you reach two statues by a main gate, you have come to the right place. The statues were made by Bawa.
Remember to apply some mosquito repellant if you are sensitive to them. You will meet the caretaker of the estate who will show you around the garden. The garden has ubiquitous sitting places with various benches and tables. You can also listen to the noises made by birds and monkeys.
Bawa’s house is also located in the garden. Through the exhibited items, you can get an idea how eccentric Bawa had been. An interesting find could be the female genitals made out of coconuts. It is the only item that symbolizes female existence.

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Solo, a City Of Culture The Captivating Culture Of Solo

Tucked away in the heart of Java within the country of Indonesia, is the timid yet captivating city of Surakarta, more commonly known as Solo. This tiny and often overlooked city has no shortage of culture, heritage or culinary intrigue. Solo also happens to be the birthplace of Indonesia’s current president, Joko Widodo. Solo is also the birthplace of Batik, an infamous type of cloth that is traditional to South-East Asia which consists of applying a wax-resist dye to cloth. The workmanship required in the creation of Batik is incredibly high, and westerners are easily mesmerized by the unique patterns that are a result of this ancient practice.

If one wishes to experience Solo, there is an assortment of accommodation options available. An option that stands out in particular is the world of Solo Hotels, is the Alila Solo, which is expected to set a landmark in luxury upon its opening in November. There are many unique places to visit when exploring the various wonders of Solo, but one that stands out in particular for its cultural heritage and visual exuberance is the Matah Ati performance, which depicts the true story of a local warrior-lady who was famous for her beauty as well as her combat expertise. The show is a visual spectacle which features up to two hundred and fifty dancers on stage utilizing extravagant set pieces and pyrotechnics. If one becomes curious about the local performing arts after checking out the Matah Ati, you can visit one of Solo’s many work-shops and witness the creation of their local instruments, which are born out of the union of bronze, fire and welding equipment. These instruments range from gongs to more traditional components of a Javanese Orchestra.

If one is to become hungry, there are various outlets where you can experience the culinary heritage of Solo, and Indonesia at large. A staple is the Es Masuk restaurant which is a one-stop restaurant to experience local cuisine at its best. Take a visit to Solo, and indulge in the cultural heritage of Indonesia.

Umanga Kahandawaarachchi is a passionate travel writer who writes under the pen name, Maggie Tulliver. Her field of writing covers a wide array of content and articles related to travel and hospitality industry.