Sri Lanka is an overdose of culture, history, and revolution. Enjoying the beaches and eating mouthwatering seafood curries are just of the few things to do in Sri Lanka. Though 72 hours might not be enough to cover everything, it is perfect to see Columbia.
Sri Lanka, the tiny, laid-back island in the Indian Ocean is the segue between South and Southeast Asia. The island has a lot of cultural and religious significance of Hinduism and is now predominantly a Buddhist country.
But the aspect that makes it so enjoyable is the tropical climate, abundance of greenery and the delicious cuisine. Not to forget, a few stunning architectural wonders of the world has also found its place in Sri Lanka. You could easily find cheap flights to Sri Lanka from India or Singapore. The flights will take you to Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport. Upon what to do from there, go through our perfect itinerary on things to do in Colombo for your three day trip.
Like all major cities, there is an hour ride from the airport to the capital of Sri Lanka. When in Sri Lanka you have to get in as much as possible right from the stay because the cultural and climatic difference here is going to overwhelm you like many of the Asian countries.
The Galle Face Hotel Colombo is the quintessential colonial grandeur that will make it much easier for you to settle in. This beachfront property is one of the oldest opulent hotels in Columbia. Check in and head for a calming lunch on the verandah looking over the sea.
In Colombo, there are a lot of places to walk and see. And there is no one better than Mark Forbes of Colombo City Walks to guide you. The office isolated at the restored building of 1681 Dutch Hospital. On the way stroll through the Dutch fort and the remnants of the colonial rule.
Forbes is so passionate about his hometown and will be more like a friend to you. He knows the secret streets and oldest buildings that might not come into our attention if we venture alone. He will take you to the ornate Cargills departments store, Edwardian General Post Office and the Red Mosque in Pettah that is inspired by pomegranates. You will also be taking a gin and tonic break at the Grand Oriental Hotel. Once back to the Dutch Hospital, you have the entire evening left to stroll along Colombo street.
Sri Lanka is also famous for its Ayurvedic heritage and spa treatments. So don’t miss out on the Ayurvedic skin care balms sold at the Spa Ceylon. Now, confident dinner, the most sought out place in Colombo is the Ministry of Crab. This temple of seafood was opened by the Sri Lankan cricket icons Mahela Jayawardene, and Kumar Sangakkara makes it even more difficult to get a table there. But Forbes might be able to help you out there OS don’t forget to request him during your walk. At the restaurant wrap yourself well in a bib and dive into the world of the juicy chili garlic crab.
While Colombo has enough to keep you occupied, there are few places very close to the capital that is covered with plantations and rich colonial history. And since you are in Colombo anyway, it is indeed better to include those areas also.
Sri Lanka with its prized possessions of cinnamon was coveted by many English, Dutch, and Portuguese traders, The seaside town of Galle, is a witness to all this ancient history. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this inhabited town is only a two and a half hour drive from Colombo.
The streets of Galle has all kinds of architectural influence; many buildings now house hip restaurants, boutique hotels, and shops there is also the Sudarmalaya Buddhist Monastery, which once was a Catholic monastery.
If you plan to spend the night at Galle, nothing can beat Amangalla. This luxurious resort is the pride of Sri Lanka for its style and history as a Dutch residence constructed in the 1600s. There is also the charming Mango House Hotel to consider, the hotel with delightful pink and orange colors and a great collection of vintage Bollywood posters.
Dinner spot is just a walking distance away. Fort Printers is an 18th-century villa now functioning as a hotel with one of the best restaurants in the area. There is no debate on what to order when it comes to Sri Lankan food, go ahead and try the lobster curry there.
Wake up early to have a large breakfast at the Heritage cafe. Now don’t frown, but we have one more walking tour ahead of us. The fort cannot be seen better by any other mode, and we have the best guide in the area for you. Mr. Shanjei Perumal conducts the Galle Fort Walks, taking you through the meandering streets cracking you up with his jokes or passing words of wisdom.
He will tell you stories of not just the Galle Fort Sri Lanka but also of his family, making us feel it we have known him all our lives. And the best part is he will treat you with a scoop of gelato from the Pedlar’s Inn Gelateria. Don’t think of it as a Sri Lankan version; the owner has a strong four-decade gelato making lineage in Italy.
If you want to test the tides, stop for a quick swim in the waters of Unawatuna Beach before heading back to Colombo for your flight.
The things to do in Colombo cover just the right amount of leisure, relaxation and getting acquainted with new cultures. Honestly, the lobster curry alone is enough for you to book your cheap flights to Colombo right away. So consider checking our website FareDepot to get an idea of how much the international flights to Sri Lanka would cost you. And it is going to be much cheaper than you expect that you would want to book business flights to this island.