Experiences around Maniumpathy
The capital has become an interesting city to visit and there are plenty of things to do in Colombo Sri Lanka. There are great shopping and dinning choices, a growing scene for contemporary art and culture and is an ideal stop at the beginning or the end of your trip.
Culture & Heritage
Colombo is a melting-pot of races, religions and cultures with a rich colonial heritage from Moors, and the Portuguese,Dutch and British over centuries.Examples abound in Pettah, the Fort and through the city’s colonial buildings and family homes
Yesteryear can be found all around at Independence Square, the Dutch Hospital ,Customs House, General Post Office ,Grand Oriental Hotel, Clock Tower and Town Hall, as well as numerous commercial buildings depicting various times of trade.
Tropical modernists’ local legend Geoffrey Bawa left exemplary works in the city.Fine examples within easy reach are at De Saram house,”No.11” which was his residence, and his office at Albert Gardens (now Gallery Cafe).In the suburbs Parliament House sits on its own island and lake
Contemporary art can be found at Saskia Fernando Gallery, Barefoot,Gallery Cafe and Sapumal. Street art is always being exhibited next to Victoria Park.The National Gallery is near the hotel , or be fascinated by iconic Lionel Wendt’s works. Ganeshism Studio is a new addition.
HISTORY AND RELIGION
Walking and other tours available to absorb the fascinating history around the still present buildings in Colombo Fort and the city centre.Explore across multiple religions, at Pettah’s Red Mosque, Wolvendaal Protestant Church, Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple and the Kathiresan Cavils
EAT AND DRINK
It could be cocktails or lunch along Park Street Mews, the Fort’s Botanik for bistro and bar,Cafes Kumbuk and Black Cat just a walk away.Gallery Cafe for Bawa and best desserts or drinks at sundown overlooking the Indian Ocean from the Galle Face Hotel, or a choice of rooftop bars
Authentic street food can be found at the Fort, Pettah, and Galle Face Green, including “Culinary Ceylon” serving tapas-style with a talk through its origins.Create a Tamil experience on your doorstep, Maniumpathy serves unique and original Jaffna-inspired cuisine
Shopping less at generic outlets, visitors to Colombo look for original jewellery and gemstones, souvenirs, fabrics and art.There is original local design, quality linen, handloom and local crafts, antiques and batiks plus urban homeware
Colombo has become a hub for yoga, with trailblazer Prana Lounge and organic cafe attached only a short walk away.Also nearby is Kess for hair and styling, Sothys of Paris for face and skin, and some paint and pamper at Nail Anatomy.
Spas have been popping up in the city. Spa Ceylon and Breathe Day, Kemara Spa and its locally sourced ingredients and organic products, or traditional Ayurvedic at Siddhalepa have all become popular to rejuvenate at the beginning or end of your journey