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10 Cool things to do in Colombo – Experience the exciting City of Colombo

Colombo never gets old. Constantly evolving and offering something better, this is a city that inspires and entertains. If you want to have some hardcore fun here, below are a few things you must try.


Have some fun in the water

The beaches of Colombo are enticing. These warm sparkling blue waters are ever inviting for they can be enjoyed any day of the year. Swim, play, relax; there is plenty you can do in these waters.


Capture the elephants

That is not meant to happen in a literal sense but since a Sri Lankan holiday is not complete without taking a picture of these animals, capturing them is what you should be doing. In Colombo you get a good collection of the local elephants at the Dehiwala Zoo. Spot them doing something interesting and get clicking.


Try the Isso Vade by Galle Face

3 prawns on a fried gram flour base, that's your description of Sri Lanka's favourite snack. Whether you are a foodie or not, trying the Isso Vade is a must do here. Head over to Galle Face, you get quite the variety there.


Explore the Outskirts

If you think the excitement of Colombo is limited to its boundaries you are mistaken, for the outskirts are just as interesting. Places like Dehiwala and Wattala have a whole host of interesting activities making them popular cities when it comes to accommodation. If you are keen on staying at a hotel in Wattala, there are options like Pegasus Reef that can be considered.


Go back in time at the Museum

Are you history buff? Visit the glorious National Museum of Colombo and embark on an intriguing and poignant journey back time. Learn of the stories, culture and traditions that have contributed to making what the island is today.


Cycle at Independence Square

Colombo is one city that caters to fitness enthusiasts. Although running and walking are the conventional modes of staying in shape, cycling is a lot more fun. There is a picturesque track at the Independence Square where you can cycle day or night.


Do breakfast at Mount Lavinia Beach

Grab your mat, pack your snacks and do breakfast at Mount Lavinia Beach. The roaring waves combined with the clean brown sands give you the perfect antidote to kick start your day.


Have ice cream at midnight

Ice cream is a huge fad in Sri Lanka and if you want to savour your favourite flavours at midnight head over to Carnival; Sri Lanka's favourite night time ice cream parlour.


Try Kottu

Kottu comes to life with a bang- literally. If you have not had Kottu you have not tasted Sri Lanka's favourite quick fix meal. Available in every nook and corner of the city, Kottu is a must have.


Go sightseeing on a Tuk Tuk

This gives a different take to sightseeing altogether. Hop onto a Tuk Tuk and explore all your favourite places in Colombo. The best part is your journey will be just as interesting as your stops.