Suggested Itineraries

24 Hours

Suggested Itineraries - 24 Hours

Galle Face Green

Enjoy an early breakfast at EAT2GO and grab a ‘tuk tuk’ to the Galle Face Green, where you can walk the length of this spectacular open space alongside the Indian Ocean. Be sure to try some “achcharu” (fruits marinated in various spices) from the colourful street carts and walk along the Neo-baroque style, old Parliament Building, built during the British colonial era to house the Legislative Council of Ceylon.

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Keep walking down to the 1950’s lighthouse overlooking the Colombo Port along Chaithya Road to complete your visit. Do try thambili (king coconut) which is sure to quench your thirst, before noon.

Suggested Itineraries - 24 Hours

Dutch Hospital

Walking back towards Marine Drive, you can stop into the new and exciting shopping precinct at the Dutch Hospital, serving as the gateway to the old fort, with classic favourite outlets such as Odel and Barefoot. On the way you will spot the Ceylinco car park, where the prison cell that held the last King of Ceylon in 1815 stands like a lonely stupa. Enjoy lunch at the Ministry of Crab in the Dutch Hospital and maybe if you are lucky you will spot the owner, cricket legend Kumar Sangakkara. Refresh yourself with a coffee at Harpo’s Café before leaving.

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Pettah

After being refreshed, armed and ready for action, head for Pettah and more specifically, the Dutch Period Museum, which houses several artifacts and memorials from the Dutch era. Walking along the side of the Grand Oriental Hotel you can see the oldest building in the area, St. Peter’s Church and continue on to Chatham Street, famous for its classic British Colonial architecture. Then walk to the Pettah main market, a bazaar that is fondly known for its back and forth bargaining style of shopping.

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End the day with a sumptuous dinner at EAT Restaurant whilst enjoying the amazing views of Marine Drive and Colombo.

48 Hours: Day 1

Suggested Itineraries - 48 Hours: Day 1

Ganesha Kovil

After an enticing breakfast and healthy boost at EAT, experience a highlight of the local area at Ganesha Kovil (a Hindu temple). Outside, merchants sell metres and metres of flowers strung together, as well as coconuts, bananas and sacred fig leaves or 'bo' leaves, as they are more commonly known, to give as offerings.

Suggested Itineraries - 48 Hours: Day 1

The Sizzle

For a sizzling lunch experience try The Sizzle , a recent Colombo 'inno-vention' that consists of an entire meal being served on a cast iron platter placed on a wooden base and served sizzling to your table. Nothing beats being served a sizzling brownie with ice cream, served with a cocktail that literally bubbles and smokes.

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Gangaramaya Temple

After lunch if you are not 'templed out' visit Gangaramaya Temple and meet the star attraction, an elephant called Ganga whose home is like an antique museum in the once corporate hub of Colombo. After a tour of this fascinating spot take the promenade around the tree-lined Beira Lake. Here you can find the Seema Malaka Temple, which is connected to the historical Gangaramaya Temple and every year holds the Navam Perahera - a pageant that attracts over a million people to line its streets.

Suggested Itineraries - 48 Hours: Day 1

Urban Kitchen

For a popular nearby dinner spot that is a bit different head to Urban Kitchen, for a unique all in one dining experience. Here you can enjoy blackened swordfish while sipping on some mocktail and topping it off with some delicious pudding.

48 Hours: Day 2

Suggested Itineraries - 48 Hours: Day 2

Casa Serena

Want to start the day in a healthy way? EAT2GO has some great combinations to offer. From freshly made sandwiches to whole fruits, or for some morning vitamins, try our delicious fruit salad and yogurt. All available for takeaway if you want to hit the road or set out sprinting into Colombo. Fueled and ready to explore head to Casa Serena, a lovely spot to experience art and culture in a colonial structure, accompanied by a gallery exhibiting a diverse array of art, photography, sculpture, video installations and crafts. Some items are practical, some are useful, and some are just simply beautiful.

Suggested Itineraries - 48 Hours: Day 2

Gallery Café

Starting to feel hungry again? Then jump into a tuk tuk and try The Gallery Café, which is famous for its deserts, in particular its homemade coconut ice cream. Occupying the former office of Sri Lanka's most famous architect, Geoffrey Bawa, it is a hot spot to see bold, contemporary art work, shop and meet architects.

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Architect's Town House

Afterwards take a stroll to the architect's town house, Number 11, located in a charming secluded cul-de-sac. Enjoy a tour and a fifteen-minute film on Bawa's work and life.

Suggested Itineraries - 48 Hours: Day 2

Tintagel

The perfect way to end your 48 hours in Colombo has to be at Tintagel for dinner. Be sure to try the Prince Charles 65th Birthday Dessert created by the hotel during his recent visit to open the Commonwealth Meeting with the president of Sri Lanka. End the night at Silk , enjoying the wickedly cool music and a vibe that makes it such a great night venue.

72 Hours: Day 1

Suggested Itineraries - 72 Hours: Day 1

Traditional Sri Lankan Breakfast

Start your day trying a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast of egg hoppers and lunu miris at one of the many shops on the landside of Galle Road opposite of Majestic City.

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Colombo Museum

You can then learn more about the island's history at the Colombo Museum and enjoy the famous Lotus Pond by Viharamahadevi Park. Combine this with a visit to the neighbouring institution, the Natural History Museum. If it is a Sunday, you might just also catch the incredibly popular and diverse art market outside, where just about everything is decoratively painted; old colonial chests to doorstops are turned into arty caricatures of British ladies and gents.

Suggested Itineraries - 72 Hours: Day 1

Sapumal Foundation & Gerard Mendis's Chocolatier

Before 14:00 check out the Sapumal Foundation, housing the 43 Group's world famous artwork, a slightly unorthodox art collection, but certainly an interesting one. If art is your thing, having lunch at Gerard Mendis's Chocolatier is a must. This place has turned food into a living art of delicious treats.

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Dehiwala

In the afternoon learn more about island traditions by heading to Dehiwala to enjoy the popular Puppet Museum, a delightful little oddity and perhaps you will be just in time for an afternoon show. On the road further up you will come across the Dehiwala Zoo, which houses a range of indigenous animals.

Wrap up the day with a cocktail at ON14 while enjoying the sunset followed by dinner and drinks while indulging with the hopping late night music scene and good company.

72 Hours: Day 2

Suggested Itineraries - 72 Hours: Day 2

Galle Fort

Get up early and take the air-con Galle highway bus to the UNESCO listed Galle Fort, Asia's largest living historic citadel. A fascinating 410-year-old fort that has been occupied by three different European colonial powers, used as a defencive fort by the Portuguese, a trading outpost by the Dutch and a military base by the British during the Second World War.

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Serendipity Arts Café & Restaurant

On arrival grab a coffee at the Serendipity Arts Café & Restaurant where they sell detailed historic maps of the old citadel. The fort is magical for all types of travellers with shop houses where you can find master craftsmen like Sithuvili, who turns Old Dutch chests and door panels into artistic masterpieces and characters like Fazal at the Dutch Café, known as the fort storyteller. For jewellery aficionados nothing beats a trip to the oldest jewellers on the island, Ibrahims on Church Street, or Millennium Gems where Mahesh still hand makes everything with the ancient island jewellery practice of using a cuttlefish mould.

Suggested Itineraries - 72 Hours: Day 2

Maritime Museum

For historians there are many places of interest, like seeing the full circuit of the old rampart walls built by the Dutch. Only one section is left from the Portuguese period at the Black Bastion in the Law Court Square. End this tour at the old gate, one of two entry points into this historic fort and set into the Maritime Museum, formerly the cinnamon and spice warehouses.

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Dutch Reformed Church, Amangalla

After that head to the Dutch Reformed Church, one of Galle's greatest examples of colonial Dutch architecture. Have a chat with the lovely, old curator to hear where the original christening gown hanging on the wall comes from and why the secret tunnels known as 'the catacombs' were used to bury the dead in 1755. You can take a lunch break at a luxurious heritage hotel born out of the early Dutch period, the Amangalla, where you can enjoy people watching from its colonial street verandas.

Suggested Itineraries - 72 Hours: Day 2

Flag Rock

Then check out the most popular bastion, Flag Rock, located at the end of Lighthouse Street for only a few dollars. The quirky Historical Mansion Museum on Leyn Baan Street is also worth a visit due to its historical collection of fort artifacts.

Be sure to try some local delights like roasted peanuts or pineapple covered in chili, salt and pepper. Another option is the hand churned ice cream parlour known as Dairy King, selling deliciously creamy cinnamon ice cream and crunchy cashew nut, chocolate chip and minty treats.

72 Hours: Day 3

Suggested Itineraries - 72 Hours: Day 3

Breakfast

If you are feeling tired of the hectic city life and looking for a change, why not wake up early morning and head to Diyatha Uyana in Battaramulla. This is a fascinating place to visit and located only 30 minutes away from the hotel by taxi. Don’t forget to grab some coffee on the way out from EAT2GO.Try something different and have a truly Sri Lankan breakfast from the only organic food store, Ranbatha at Diyatha Uyana. There are options like string hoppers with pol sambal and delicious gravy or milk rice with lunimiris. All the food is served on a lotus leaf and guaranteed to be greener and healthier.

Suggested Itineraries - 72 Hours: Day 3

Sri Jayawardanepura

Feeling full of delicious and freshly made string hoppers, spend the afternoon in Sri Jayawardenepura, the ancient capital city of the last kingdom within Sri Lanka. Today it’s a blend of modern and traditional landscapes. Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte is also where the new Parliament of Sri Lanka is located, built by the great architect Geoffrey Bawa. On the grounds across from the Parliament Building, surrounded by the serenity of Diyawanna Oya, you can often see people playing cricket and families enjoying time together. After your visit be sure to head over to La Trattoria for a sensational Italian lunch experience.

Suggested Itineraries - 72 Hours: Day 3

Ape Gama

End an exciting three days by learning about Sri Lankan village life at Ape Gama in Battaramulla. Broken into three parts 'Ape Gama' combines a craft village, folklore centre and a mini zoo. The village leader shares fascinating details on the island's flora and fauna and traditional physicians clinic that uses spices and herbs. Afterwards you can also check out craft shops like Laksala that make traditional pottery with mud. Here you can buy all sorts of lovely, locally made gifts each one handcrafted out of love.