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5 exciting things to do in Wattala for a blissful escapade in Sri Lanka - A hidden gem among Sri Lanka's many travel des

Being one of the major cities that is located just outside the borders of Colombo, Wattala offers its visitors plenty to see and do. Read on to know about 5 things you could do during your time in Wattala.


Sample local food

Like many other major cities in Sri Lanka, Wattala too has a diverse population which means the city has a vide array restaurants and eateries that serve food items of different cuisines. There are south Indian restaurants, a variety of international fast-food chains but the ones that you should keep an eye out are the local eateries - they serve up some of the most authentic Sri Lankan delicacies. If you wish to try out a special dish, you should choose the kottu roti which is a legendary food item which is packed with unique flavours!


Enjoy a relaxing stay!

Wattala being home to plenty of exclusive accommodation options is an ideal destination to lean back and relax! The city is home to popular hotel establishment the likes of Pegasus Reef - this particular hotel in Wattala features a beautiful beachfront and features 3 types of elegant accommodation options. Also being located in proximity to the airport, Wattala can be the ideal place for you to relieve yourself from jet lag after a long flight.


Go shopping

The city of Wattala is home to a wide array of clothing stores! There are outlets of almost all the popular clothing store chains on the island. There are also stores that sell authentic Sri Lankan – made clothing goods and accessories. There are plenty of craft shops in the regions and there is a massive hypermarket known by the name Arpico Super Centre in the city which pretty much has everything from household supplies, groceries to furniture.


Visit the beach

Being a coastal city Wattala too has a golden sand beach. This beach is much different from any other that you could see around the island as it is located at proximity to houses of fishermen. You could see boats docked along the beach. If you visit the beach during evening hours you could not only see the brilliant views of the sunset, you could also see fishermen heading out to the open waters to catch fish. Although the beach is not suitable for any recreational activities such as surfing or snorkelling, it is ideal for a relaxing stroll along with your loved one by your side.


Hamilton canal

Wattala is the endpoint of an ancient canal that was once used by kings to transport goods from inland to the port. The canal was later used by the colonisers to transport cinnamon. Today there is a small park and a suspension bridge at the Wattala end of the canal and while you are here you could see small boats using the canals to travel inland. It is also said that the canal extends all the way up to Negombo.