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Things to do in Western Province

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
History Museum
“Established during 1877, this is the biggest museum in the island nation and is undoubtedly the pride of Sri Lanka. The place houses some of the best and personalised collections of the ancient Kandyan dynasty rulers. Carrying striking reflections of the Italian style of architecture, the museum houses countless artefacts dating back several centuries, portraying the cultural and natural nuances of the country. Check out the magnificent throne of the last king of Kandi, along with the royal throne of King Wimaladharmasuriya II and pair of Bodhisattva sandals dating back to the 9th century! If you’re a history fanatic or simply curious about the culture of Sri Lanka, a visit to the National Museum of Colombo has ample treats to tickle your fancy.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Park
“A beautiful stretch of open space sandwiched between the bustling Galle road and the Indian Ocean, Galle Face Green is one of the most popular picnic attractions in Colombo. The place received considerable footfall, especially on weekends when there are countless vendors around, tempting the little ones with all kinds of toys. It also helps that the area is lined with street-food vendors, making it one of the best places to indulge in the street-food culture of Colombo. Looked after and maintained by Sri Lanka’s urban Urban Development Authority, Galle Face Park also promises you a phenomenal sunset!”
  • 24 locals recommend
Park
“Taking its name after Queen Viharamahadevi, the Viharamahadevi Park is the largest one in Colombo. Combining picnic spots, waterfalls, a public park, a zoo, nature trails, and much more, the park is one of the most relaxing places to visit in Colombo. It is one of those rare few places that always manage to surprise you, regardless of how many times you visit. The calming, peaceful vibes of nature combined with the adventurous rides make this place an unmissable spot when travelling to Colombo. While it is no wonder that the park is a favourite amongst kids, it also appeals equally to adults seeking respite from the banter of routine life.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Founded in 1936. The Zoo houses 72 species of Mammals, 65 species of Birds, 31 species of Reptiles, 89 species of fish, 3 families of Amphibians and 30 species of Butterflies etc. Annually, over one and half million local and foreign tourists visit the Zoo.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“A temple in Colombo you can visit to get a taste of the lankan culture. Interesting place. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Clothes Shop
“Odel is a public retail company, the first in Sri Lanka. Starting out as a single company focusing on the retail garment trade, Odel developed over the years to become the first department store in the country.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Park
“The official City park of Colombo, worth a visit if you want to squeeze in a few bits of nature and fresh air.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Park
“Diyatha Uyana is situated facing Diyawanna Oya. Relaxing place. Footpaths are available. Food counters are also there. Good to visit during the evening.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Café
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“Excellent souvenir shopping and one's of Colombo's most vibrant and relaxed cafe's. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“The Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara or Kelaniya Temple is a Buddhist temple in Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, seven miles from Colombo. The Chief Incumbent (Chief Priest) is Venerable Professor Kollupitiye Mahinda Sangharakkhitha Thera. The temple has often been associated with the rise and fall of Ceylon / Sri Lanka, with the popular saying that as the Kelaniya temple rose, Sri Lanka rose and as it fell, the country and its administration fell. It has thus had a deep association with the political powers of the country. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Park
“It is a green space stretching along the Indian Ocean, with beautiful views you’d love; especially the sunsets. Families often gather here to enjoy an evening stroll and cheer the sun down. Kids play and flykites. Sporty fellows choose this place for their training. And there’s plenty of street food. Fun time guaranteed!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Hotel
“With a history spanning over 210 years, Mount Lavinia Hotel Colombo is one of the oldest hotels in Sri Lanka. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Casino
  • 3 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Some old architecture and a playground. I really don't see the hype about this place but it's supposed to be touristic.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Got a good bunch of places to get yourself a nice drink amidst the colonial architecture. There's a few bars and an Asia's 50 Best Restaurant called "Ministry of Crab". ( Ask me more details)”
  • 33 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Amazing beach with the whole strip giving you the best sunset views between 6- 6:30pm. There's life guards available. Packed with locals on weekends.”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“Once the architect Geoffrey Bawa's studio. Today the Gallery Cafe is home to a small gallery, an excellent souvenier kiosk and some of the best fusion food in Colombo. The cocktails are solid. Favourites include: Black Pork Curry, the Frozen Strawberry Margarita and Double Chocolate Cheesecake (though this is controversial, most swear by the Chocolate Nemesis).”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A favourite with both locals and tourists. A lively bar with a great atmosphere.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Definitely, a recommendation if you want to try out an Authentic Sri Lankan Restaraunt!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Giovanni's is a little Italian pizza place run by a chef who uses his own recipes, and serves fresh from a clay oven.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Tasty food, draught beer, nice view from top floor, small pool, live music on weekend.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“This is an award winning restaurant, specialising in Crab dishes A must try if you are visiting Colombo”
  • 13 locals recommend

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