Free Walking Tour of Colombo – Sri Lanka Day 15
This post includes getting from Kalutara to Colombo and my free walking tour of Colombo.
My neck is still a little sore but it is getting better every day. Sitting on a plane tomorrow will not help it, but it is about 80% now so I hope by tomorrow it’ll be all good.
This morning I discovered I had misplaced/lost my sunglasses and also not feeling 100%.. a little run down.
Tonight is a full moon, so it is a public holiday. Does that mean they have a public holiday at least once a month?
I said my goodbye’s to Adrian and Jenny (from the guest-house in Kalutara) and made my way to Colombo.
Getting From Kalutara to Colombo
I caught the train at 10:45 am from the North Kalutara train station. It only cost 40LKR, and getting a seat was not a problem.
Once in Colombo, I checked into the CityRest Fort Hostel, which I also stayed in on the first day I got to Sri Lanka.
Free Walking Tour of Colombo
The title is a bit misleading. I did not go on a free walking tour. It is only me walking around Colombo, but I did see a bunch of stuff, and it was free.
My original intention for the day was only to buy some sunglasses and a small mp3 player. On the way in I heard from two different people that the Gangaramaya Temple was worth the look.
My stroll to Gangaramaya Temple turned into a 5-hour walking tour of Colombo. Even better, not a penny spent on sightseeing.
Slave Island Police Station
The first place I came across was Slave Island police station. Nothing special, but the name entertained me. Haha… Slave Island. what do the police do there? Make sure no one gets paid?
Sri Lanka Airforce Base
The next thing I came across on my walking tour of Colombo was the Sri Lanka Airforce Base. Actually, some of it was before the Slave Island Police Station, but I took this picture after it.
I came across this Hindu Temple. No idea the name of it.
Seema Malakaya was the first thing actually worth noting that I came across. I had seen the picture on WikiTravel.org/en/Colombo but couldn’t figure out where it was. Turn’s out I stumbled upon it during my walk. I was happy with that.
It was hot so I got an icy-pole for 30LKR.
Finally, I got to Gangaramaya Temple which I did not get charged for, but it is because I went to the side door. Anyway, it was nice. There were lots of people there dressed in white and listening to the ‘preacher’. Someone told me that he talks all day.
I went to the top floor and saw an elephant chained up and some tourist taking photos with it. It annoyed me a little bit cause I reckon it’s cruel and we (tourists) shouldn’t support it.
Colombo National Museum
I figured since I was in the area I would get out of the heat and see the museum. I’m not a big museum fan but I like to learn a bit about the countries history, etc.
This would have cost 500LKR, but it was closed due to the Full Moon Holiday.
Close to the museum was this theatre house. Nice design.
Vihara Maha Devi Park
The next place I stumbled upon during my walking tour of Colombo was a sight for sore eyes. A beautiful big park.
There were lots of people there (holiday) but it was still very pleasant. I had a nap under a tree.
Townhall is across the road from the Vihara Maha Devi Park. I didn’t go in and I’m not sure if you can.
I did also come across the Mayors House which looked nice, but I didn’t get a picture.
Victoria Memorial… Hospital?
This building looked funky so I snapped it. Upon closer inspection it says it is the hospital… could it be so?
I was slowly fading having only had an icy pole since breakfast so on my way to the Pettah markets I got some small eats. Nothing I hadn’t tried before. 70LKR.
Pettah Floating Market
The Pettah Floating Market is not the street market. It is across the road from the bus station and has lots of souvenir shops and cafe type places.
Pettah Street Market
Finally, I came to the Pettah Street Market. I was the last stop on my free walking tour of Colombo. Almost everything was closed due to the holiday.
A few workers about, the odd shop open, and these kids playing cricket in the street.
Luckily the stalls closer to the train station where still open. I got some fruit for the next morning (100LKR) and some sunglasses (330LKR). I tried to find an MP3 player but no-one seems to sell them with internal memory here.
Here’s a map of where I went. The green line represents roughly where I walked during my walking tour of Colombo.
Back at the hostel, I met two German guys and we went for dinner. I had Beef Curry and Roti (300LKR).
Costs Summary for Free Walking Tour of Colombo
Small Eats. 70LKR
Beef Curry and Roti. 300LKR
Food Costs Total: 470LKR
Train to Colombo. 40LKR
Transport Costs Total: 40LKR
CityRest Fort. 2300LKR (Approx)
Accommodation Costs Total: 2300LKR
Other Costs Total: 330LKR
Grand Total for Day 15 in Sri Lanka: 3130LKR
Grand Total in USD (Approx): $23.60
Have you ever done a self-guided free walking tour of Colombo before? Tell us all about it (or anything else you want to say) in the comments.