Colombo was an important focal point on ancient west to east trade routes and now is a bustling metropolis and a commercial and tourist hub.

What Colombo offers
The delights of Colombo will make your days fly. Mega malls offer varied shopping and discos and night clubs offer a pulsating night life. Sri Lankan and global cuisine are there for all tastes. The term hotel Colombo covers a variety of options and if you are looking for contemporary luxury then Jetwing Colombo Seven would be a good choice.

Places to see
The National Museum in Colombo Seven showcases Sri Lankan History and the Natural History Museum offers an insight into indigenous flora and fauna. The Viharamaha Devi Park is a good place to relax as is the ocean fronted Galle Face Green. The Zoological Gardens in Dehiwala has indigenous animals and birds as well as a wide ranging species from all over the world. The bird sanctuaries at Talangama and Attidiya have indigenous and migrant species.

Religious Sites
The Kelaniya, Gangaramaya, and Bellanwila temples and Borella’s Gothami Viharaya are Buddhist Temples worth visiting. The Dutch Reformed Church is a gem of Dutch architecture and has many interesting tomb stores. The Captain Garden’s Kovil and the red and white Jami –Ul –Alfar Masjid or Mosque are icons of the respective religions.

Other Attractions
Apey Gama is a tourist attraction in Battaramulla and is set up like a traditional village. Traditional handicrafts and food are on sale. The Puppet Museum in Dehiwala, and the Dutch Hospital (now a mall) and Dutch Museum are well worth a visit.

Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+

Explore Beaches in Kalutara – Top Beaches in the West Coast

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Image Credit: AVANI Kalutara Resort

Occupying pride of place in a prime location along Sri Lanka’s southern coastline the seaside hamlet of Kalutara provides the perfect base from which to explore some of Sri Lanka’s top beaches. Located within close range of the resort hub visitors vacationing in the beach Mecca will have easy access to some of the finest beaches Down South.

The Kalutara Beach itself is one of the best beaches in the world. Known for its sunny and warm climate almost throughout the entire year, the Kalutara Beach is a long undisturbed stretch of golden sandy beach. These pristine conditions, coupled with the warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean have given the Kalutara Beach a reputation of being one of the most tranquil and beautiful coastal areas in Sri Lanka. A unique feature of the Kalutara Beach is the fact that the Kalu River flows into the ocean in close proximity to the beach, making water sports like rafting and boating a lot easier. The coconut palm fringes, the quaint vendors along the coast, and the relaxing ambiance truly make Kalutara Beach one you must not miss out on! When looking for accommodation, choose a Kalutara resort that’s located in close proximity to the beaches such as the AVANI Kalutara Resort.

Beruwala Beach is also located in the Kalutara district and is regarded as one of the most popular beaches on the west coast of Sri Lanka. The Beruwala Beach is actually part of a 130km stretch of beach that has, over the years, become a hotspot for tourist activity and the hotel industry. Warm temperature and bright sunny skies all year along complement the heavenly golden sandy beach, making the Beruwala Beach ideal for tourists who just want to spend the day out on the beach.

Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.


Wake up to Paradise – Why You Should Make Tangalle Your Next Holiday Destination!

If your idea of a perfect holiday includes waking up to the sight of secluded shores on a tropical island, then Tangalle in Sri Lanka is the place for you. Here are some of the things you can expect to experience here.

An enchanting escape

Located on the South Coast of Sri Lanka, Tangalle has a sort of mystical enchantment that can be experienced at dawn. Early risers heading to the coast can just sit back and take in Mother Nature in all her splendour.

Beachside bliss

If you happen to be staying at a Tangalle beach hotel you can begin your day right by the shore; it is a wonderful place to enjoy some serenity by the sea and watch the world go slowly by.

Holiday indulgence

Of course, the best way to truly enjoy a holiday is to make sure your home away from home offers the perfect cosy hideaway. Staying at resorts in the area like Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort is amongst the options you can consider.

Soak up the sun

Once dawn has broken and the sun comes out to play, Tangalle offers whole new experiences letting you soak up the sun, spend lazy days in the sand or head out for some thrills in the surf.

Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.