Things to Do in Colombo

Colombo is the perfect place to spend your next family vacation. Blessed by nature’s bounty,  the commercial capital of Sri Lanka offers breath-taking landscapes, cultural relics, urban parks and exotic cuisines. So, if you are planning a visit to this stunning destination, here is a list of some of the most exciting things to do in Colombo.

1. Take a Safari in Udawalawe  National Park​​

Explore the amazing wildlife of Sri Lanka on a jeep safari


Of all the things to do in Colombo, a classic wildlife safari at the Udawalawe National Park with your loved one is an absolute must! Not just elephants and leopards, but you can also spot exotic bird species while taking a tour. Settled between the borders of Uva and Sabaragamuwa, this park is a perfect nature getaway destination. Do not forget to carry your camera to capture some stunning pictures.

2. Explore a Local Market for Street Photography

Colombo is a perfect location for photography enthusiasts. A street photography session in this city with your loved ones is an excellent way to make some fun memories. Some of the bustling markets of this destination that are perfect to be captured are the Pettah Floating Market and the Kala Pola Art Market.


3. Enjoy a Meal at Galle Face

Situated in the heart of the city, Galle Face is an urban park situated near the beach and the best place to enjoy the street food of Sri Lanka. Sampling local delicacies such as Kothu, Elephant Ginger Beer and Hoppers should be added to your list of things to do in Colombo. One of the best places to visit in Colombo, Galle Face Green is the perfect spot to spend some quality time with your family.

4. Visit the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala​

Spend a day with sprightly elephants at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage


If you are a nature enthusiast or a wildlife lover, a visit to the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala should be a must on your list of things to do in Colombo. Home to abandoned elephants, the orphanage takes care of their nourishment and all other necessities. Based in Kegalle, this orphanage is located at a 90 km distance from the city of Colombo and is an ideal spot to tour with your family.

5. Hangout at a Rooftop Lounge or Bar

If your idea of an eventful evening includes a smooth wine and delicious food complimented by a stunning backdrop, then the beautiful rooftop bars in Colombo will surely impress you. The spectacular interiors of these clubs make them a great addition to your Instagram feed. A visit to the rooftop at the Clock Inn Hostel will be a perfect addition to your Colombo trip. The cordial staff and facilities in this hostel guarantee a welcoming environment.

6. Go on a Tea and Herb Tour

Imagine sipping a cup of delicious tea while you explore a beautiful garden — this is what a tea and herb tour in Colombo looks like. Not only will these tours provide you with a sneak-peek into the tea making process, but they will also allow you an opportunity to make your own brew. Tea tasting can be an ideal bonding activity for your family. For extra fun, do not forget to participate in the blind tea tasting competition!


7. Experience Colombo’s Nightlife

Spend an eventful night in the happening city, Colombo


From gorging on delectable food in the city’s restaurants to playing an exciting casino game with your partner, cosmopolitan Colombo has something for everyone. Some of the popular spots to visit in the country’s capital are Bally’s Casino, ZAZA Bar and Loft Lounge Bar.

8. Shop till You Drop

Your list of things to do in Colombo remains incomplete without shopping in this city. From vintage couture to trendy shoes, shopping in Colombo is nothing less than absolute retail therapy. There are many places in the city that are exceptional spots to indulge in a shopping spree. A visit to  Paradise Road will be truly fruitful as you can buy the local handicrafts, antiques, and crockery here. Apart from this, Jewel Arena, Odel and Majestic City are also excellent spots for a shopping expedition.

With these exciting things to do in Colombo, your Sri Lanka vacation promises to be a memorable one! Plan your trip now by availing one of  Triplinoo‘s Colombo packages.

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