Free Walking City Tour of Colombo, Sri Lanka
This post details my free walking city tour of Colombo. It also has information on accommodation in Colombo and how to get from Kalutara to Colombo. This is a self-guided walking tour of things to do in Colombo Sri Lanka.
My original intention for the day was only to buy some sunglasses and a small mp3 player. On the way in I heard from 2 different people that the Gangaramaya Temple was worth the look. My stroll to Gangaramaya Temple turned into a 5-hour hike around the city of Colombo. Even better, not a penny spent on sightseeing.
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Free Walking City Tour of Colombo
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 the internet 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 not open due to the Full Moon Holiday. Does that mean they have a public holiday at least once a month?
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 nothing was open 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.
Back at the hostel, I met 2 German guys and we went for dinner. I had Beef Curry and Roti (300LKR).
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.
Accommodation in Colombo
Once in Colombo, I checked into the CityRest Fort Hostel, which I also stayed in on the first day I got to Sri Lanka. You can use the form below to find the best hotel deals in Colombo.
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