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City break in Colombo. Active leisure ideas for Colombo - attractions, recreation and nightlife

In Colombo, the tourists' favorite promenade is ocean-side Galle Face Green. This urban park stretches along the coast for several kilometers. Today, the most prestigious hotels, restaurants, and shops are located here on the waterfront. Colombo's waterfront is historic, it was formed in the 18th century and used for defensive purposes. Now it is converted into a modern recreation area with cozy cafes, picnic areas, and children's playgrounds. Locals love this place too, they come here to fly kites and walk with children. A lot of interesting holidays are held on the waterfront.
1. The best time to visit Colombo is the period from May to September. The air temperature is high all year round, its average value here is about 27 °C. At other times of the year, it … Open
The city has fantastic Dehiwala Zoological Garden founded in the early 20th century. During the Second World War, it was completely destroyed but quickly restored in the postwar period. The present-day zoo is a huge green area with many beautiful trees and plants, spacious enclosures for animals are built among this natural splendor. This beautiful zoo is one of the oldest in Asia, for the convenience of visitors, its vast territory is divided into several thematic zones.
Here you can find several artificial ponds in which hippos and waterfowl live, as well as the Reptile House and the Butterfly Garden. Interesting performances with the participation of dolphins and other sea creatures are held in the Aquarium. Its visitors have a chance to see the rarest underwater inhabitants. Visitors to the zoo are offered many extra services. They will be able to ride elephants or ponies, as well as visit craft and souvenir shops located on site. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Outdoor recreation enthusiasts will love Viharamahadevi Park. The stunning park located in the heart of the city was founded in the 19th century. Besides huge trees and ornamental plants, in the park, one can see many symbolic sculptures, including one of the largest and most beautiful Buddha statues in town. The park is designed more like a botanical garden, info plaques are installed at many plants.
Colombo There is also a beautiful greenhouse in which tropical flowers are grown. The park can be a great place to have fun with kids. A children's railway is laid across its territory, many rides and playgrounds for children are also available. Even a small zoo with an aquarium can be found here.
The most lively shopping area in Colombo is Pettah. In fact, it is one huge market. It can be difficult to move around this place due to the abundance of stalls and crowds of people. The … Open
In the vicinity of the city is the famous golf club Royal Colombo, which is strongly recommended to all fans of elite sports and natural beauties. The club is based in an incredibly beautiful foothill area where modern playgrounds were equipped on the spacious meadows. Royal Colombo offers a gorgeous view of the surroundings, its visitors can combine their favorite game with fascinating walks and exploring natural attractions.
Those who'd rather prefer beach recreation must visit the neighboring town of Beruwala. Here, fantastic sandy beaches, both well-equipped and very wild ones, are available to holidaymakers. Thickets of palm trees reach the water’s edge here, so it even on wild beaches it will be comfortable to relax on a hot day. Another advantage of the resort is that there are as few tourists as possible - mostly local residents come to this coast. It is also worth noting that the resort creates excellent conditions for enjoying water sports. Here you can play water polo, go surfing or snorkeling.
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Colombo is one of the few Asian cities in which casinos are legalized. The best in town is considered to be Bally's casino that offers visitors a decent selection of card tables, various types of roulette, as well as all kinds of modern slot machines. The casino boasts a great bar, so it is attractive not only to gamblers but also to travelers looking for an unusual setting in the evening. Bellagio Casino with its own restaurant is equally popular with tourists. Among the main features of this casino is an interesting entertainment program.
Most famous nightclubs of Colombo are located on the grounds of large hotels, their main visitors are tourists. One of the city's most luxurious hotels invites party makers to Blue Elephant Club, which is open to absolutely everyone. Here, guests are offered a huge selection of signature cocktails, fiery music, and entertainment programs, as well as a colorful dance floor. The club aimed at a wide range of visitors has specially equipped zones for secluded relaxation. Nightclubs and discos are not very popular among locals so most of them are focused on tourists.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Colombo and surroundings

Recommended places for active recreation and leisure in Colombo

Clancy’s Irish Pub
Where: 29 Maitland Crescent, Colombo 7, Colombo; Telephone: +94 (0)11 268 2945;
Rhythm and Blues
Where: 19/1 Daisy Villa Avenue, Colombo 4, Colombo;
The Library
Where: Trans Asia Hotel, Colombo 2, Colombo;
Zanziba
Where: 1/1 Sir Mohamed Macan Marker Mw, Colombo 3, Colombo;
Blue Elephant
Where: Hilton Hotel, 2 Sir Chittampalam A Gardiner, Colombo 1, Colombo;
Galle face Hotel Bar
Where: 2, Galle road, Colombo 3, Colombo; Telephone: +94 (0)11 254 1010/16;
Onyx
Where: Hotel Taj Samudra, Galle Face, Colombo, Colombo;
Tabu
Where: 41 1/1 Maitland Crescent, Colombo 7, Colombo;
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City break ideas for neighbours of Colombo

Guide to your best city break in Colombo - popular places for recreation and leisure. Things to do during the day in Colombo - attractions, parks, beaches, aquaparks, racing tracks, biking trails or waterski. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) where to spend your time in the evening (bars, discos, clubs, etc.). We share some good ideas and the question 'What to do in Colombo?' disappears immediately.
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