Monday, 17 June 2013

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo Megapolis, Western Province (Sri Lanka)

Why Colombo was on my list?


Well this guy "Sanath Jayasuriya" is the culprit :) When it comes to cricket he could single handedly destroy the challenging team in matter of few overs. 

Frankly speaking, he was the one who gave me sense of this country. I became such a fan of this legendary batsman that I was literally praying either India or Sri Lanka as world champions. Man, I wished it like anything and it got accepted. Sri Lanka won the World Cup 1996 hurray! 

Since then it was like a dream to touch down this land some day. Here I was standing in front R.Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo city, Shri Lanka after the wait of 14 years! I guess it's never too late, right? Colombo is the largest city of Sri Lanka, so make sure you collect the map of Colombo from air port itself as there are plenty of chances of getting lost :)

Gangaramaya Temple


Places to visit in Colombo: There are quite a few places deserves to be visited.
  • Gangaramaya Temple
  • Town Hall
  • Galle Face
  • Murugan Hindu Temple
  • Independence Memorial Hall
==Photos from my trip==
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Food and Drink

Finding good street food is not difficult. You can always find some thing good enough to have with in your budget. However if you are vegetarian then your options reduce a bit. 

For typical south Indian food you can visit to Shanti Vihar, the restaurant is not expensive too for the kind of food being offered.  For drink, since weather in sri lanka is tropical the beer would be best to satisfy your thirst and we made sure we had enough supply from the airport itself :)

Stay

Quite unique for us that we decided to have a hotel room booked in advance :). Well the reason was quite different this time, Sri Lanka was going through some internal issues which were being resolved using military power. 

So We didn't want to wonder around for hotel room. We booked a room in the hotel named Ramada which was bit expensive but pretty OK for the food being offered on the house. It was very near to sea also. We enjoyed our stay in the hotel. 

Transportation 

We caught a flight from Delhi to Colombo. Costed us around 25000Rs per person for to and fro ticket on Sri Lankan airways. When you are in Colombo you can book taxi or auto (three wheeler) to travel around. 

We got a taxi booked from the hotel itself. He charged us around 1000Rs and took us at most of the places. Locally you can also use bus service but don't expect it to be very punctual but good enough to take you around. It will cost very less compared to the taxi and auto. 

P.S.

Last month was rather interesting from the travelling point of view. We visited three cities in one month (other two were Penang and Malacca, Malaysia), although not much of difference in terms of historical prospective but still holding the charm of their own and making you wish gosh I would have one more day :) 

Few things I would like to highlight from an outsider point of view. 
- First, always pay in Sri Lankan currency. If you are carrying indian currency it would be bit difficult to get it converted to the local currency specially 500 and 1000 Rs notes and you will be always charged "extra". So get it converted when flying from Delhi Airport itself. 
- Second, Galla beach is in the middle of highly secure area, if you park your car by road, police may come to you for security check. Same is true even if your cab driver drops you at the main road instead of dropping you inside Galla Beach parking. If they come for check don't get too excited :) let them check, keep it cool and calm.

Kindly make sure, you have latest update on the political front so that you can enjoy this awesome country without any hassle. 

Happy travelling...

3 comments:

  1. Colombo is most definitely a must-see if you're visiting Sri Lanka! Not stopping in Colombo would be like not stopping in Paris when you're visiting France.

    Sarah | travelsrilanka.co.uk

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