Published on March 4th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
24 HOURS IN COLOMBO
Let’s get this out of the way first –yes, you can watch a local cricket match while you’re in Colombo. Your best bet is to head down to cinnamon gardens in Colombo 7 for tickets. Or get your fix at the Cricket Club Café on Queens Road. It’s got loads of memorabilia, live cricket on the box, and a few of favourites on the menu.
11am Galle face is a good spot to waste a morning. Head down to the beach and grab all your deep fried favourites (plus kottu, fried rice and curries galore). Try a King Coconut if you spot one – they’re orange and don’t look like anything you’re used to. Oh, and the pineapples here will be the most delicious pineapples you’ve ever tasted.
1pm Head to the Kingsbury Hotel and take the elevator up to the Sky Lounge. It’s not exactly an “authentic” Sri Lankan experience, but you can grab some drinks whilst taking in the awesome views of Colombo. This is a good thing.
4pm If you fancy a bit of retail therapy, head to Odel’s mall. If you don’t jump in a tuk-tuk and ask the driver to take you on a city tour for an agreed price. Jump out wherever you want to.
11pm The club scene kicks off around midnight, so don’t go too hard too early. Grab a bit to eat beforehand at Galle Face Hotel overlooking the Indian Ocean. Now you can hit Museum, Zanzi Bar or Blue Bar. Heads up – flip-flops and shorts won’t cut it here. Dress sharp or go home.
9am Ease your pounding head with some of the world’s best tea at Tea Teang (Old Avissawella Road) or the café at Barefoot (Galle Road). If you want peace and quiet, Gangarama is the most iconic Buddhist temple in Colombo. Perhaps a round at the Royal Colombo gold club could be just what the doctor ordered.