Modern shopping malls and speciality stores offer quality goods at affordable prices. For greater bargains without the surroundings, street vendors and outdoor markets abound. Check out the handicrafts, clothing, gems and jewellery, and the world-famous Ceylon Tea.
The night bazaar is a busy hotspot for shopping and entertainment that is open to the public from time to time. This nighttime fair along Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha attracts tourists and travellers on certain weekends.
Mount Lavinia Beach
A visit to Colombo would not be complete without seeing the city’s most popular beach destination−Mount Lavinia. The stretch lies alongside a windswept headland jutting into the inviting waters of the Indian Ocean.
Colombo Gold Center
When St. John’s Fish Market metamorphosed into the Colombo Gold Center, it retained some of its original characteristics. You can buy gems, gold and silver at the elegant air-conditioned shops on the ground floor, and also purchase fishing equipment and chemical supplies upstairs.
The tour is part of the Colombo by Night sightseeing programme launched by Ebert Silva Holidays, together with Sri Lanka Tourism. Passengers are taken on a guided tour of the commercial capital in an open double-decker bus.
The Fort and Pettah
Pettah begins where the Colombo Fort ends, and spreads its tentacles towards Kotahena, in the city’s north and the legal district of Hulftsdorp to the south. Pettah is more like a bazaar catering to wholesale businesses, whereas the Fort is home to commerce.
Ayurveda has been practised in Sri Lanka and India for centuries. It relies on natural herbs and remedies for the body, strengthening the power of resistance and combating chronic illnesses, whilst being pampered at an Ayurveda spa.
The Gem Museum is an intriguing place to visit with an unusual entrance that resembles the opening of a gem mine. Choices include loose stones which can be set into earrings, pendants or bracelets. Ready-made jewellery is also a great attraction.
Royal Colombo Golf Club
Surrounded by residential areas, the Royal Colombo Golf Club is a sanctuary in the heart of the city. In contrast to its surroundings, it is an exquisite and tranquil environment to relax, unwind and tee off. The scenic landscape, and a glimpse of the rare species of flora and fauna on the course, make for a pastoral environment.