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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular places to explore around Colombo?

Kshitiz Ahuja DEC 10 2012
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Colombo is a panorama of people and sites. The city never seems to tire you. Yet, if you are here, you might as well consider exploring some of the sites around the city. Excited? We give you some of the listings.

  • Mount Lavinia Beach

    This beach lies in the suburbs of the city of Colombo, in the town of Dehiwala, about 13 km away. The countryside coastal essence and the community lifestyle will immediately give you a sense of relaxation and happiness.
    The famed
    Golden Mile of beaches are endowed with pristine beauty and vast splendorous flowing waters. The place is ideal for outings with family and friends-chatty lunches, long walks in the evenings and watching the sun sink slowly in the sea- you know it is one of your most memorable experiences in Colombo. Also, enjoy the happening nights here.

  • Gampaha

    Gampaha is situated some 25 km away from Colombo and happens to be the fourth largest city in the Western Province of Sri Lanka. It is essentially a conglomeration of 5 odd villages and is a rustic retreat from the hustle-bustle of Colombon city life.
    Visit the historical
    Henarathgoda Botanical Gardens where the first rubber tree was planted in Sri Lanka. The lush greenery and the scenic landscapes are truly enchanting. The famous nationalised institute for ayurvedic medicines called Gampaha Wickramarachchi Ayurveda Vidyalaya is also here. Moreover, don’t forget to pay a visit to Maligatenna Rajamaha Viharaya, a religious spot especially for those interested in the tenets of Buddhism. The calmness in and around the structure is very forceful and you can meditate for hours and hours on philosophical ideas on life.

  • Kalutara

    This resort city is an important spice-trading centre, located some 35 km away from Colombo. The wonderful architecture and the mystical Buddhist shrines (the place boasts of the world's only hollow Buddhist shrine) all signal to an old world colonial heritage. Visit the serene Kalutara Beach is a full-fledged exercise in calm meditations and uninhibited fun. The vibrant palm-trees, the incredible panorama of flowing waters and the enchanting sandy turfs are a perfect getaway for a private reading session or a lively evening with family and friends.
    There is also an elegant plantation mansion called
    Richmond Castle with all its scenic beauty and colonial architecture really out to impress you.
    And most importantly, that thing which has brought so much fame to this place is a distinct fruit called mangosteen, a luscious purple fruit with juicy white flesh. You could try dipping it in the local fire water made from sweet, milky coconut blossom known as arrack, and the taste is simply heavenly.

  • Ratnapura

    This scenic city is about 60 km away from Colombo. It is famous for its mining industry which mines precious gems like rubies, sapphires, etc. The tropical rainforests impart a natural, scenic beauty to the city and there’s no way you can miss tasting the delicious mangoes and papayas which are the staple fruits of this city.
    You should visit the biodiversity hotspot called
    Sinharaja Forest Reserve, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The wide panorama of diverse flora and fauna, coupled with natural beauty,  will take your breath away. Adam’s Peak (also called Sri Pada), a conical mountain is another popular site of tourist interest here and has religious sentiments attached to it. It is an important pilgrimage site, especially for Buddhists who see the mountain as the footprint of Lord Buddha. Also there are lots of adventure options such as trekking here. A catholic church called Peter Paul Church traces back its history to its Portuguese rulers and is a beautiful structure that reflects ancient Sri Lankan architecture.

You seem to have quite a lot to cover when you go visiting Colombo, isn’t it? Well, plan out the whole thing perfectly then.

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