A suburb of Colombo numbered Colombo 04, Bambalapitiya is yet another bustling town in Colombo. The city is centred around Sri Lanka’s largest shopping mall, Majestic City, which draws hundreds of visitors each day.
Located a 20 minute drive south from the heart of Colombo, Mt. Lavinia is a well-populated largely a middle class and mostly residential suburb famed for its beaches. For decades Mt. Lavinia has been considered a hot spot for many a tourist to enjoy the golden beach stretching out for a couple of miles.
Uswetakeiyawa and Wattala areas are located north from the Colombo City Centre. The area is quite heavily populated with many Catholics living there.Uswetakeiyawa Beach is one of the best beach areas north of Colombo with many hotels, cafes and restaurants also located there. The sandy beach is much less crowded than those located south of Colombo and is also an excellent location from which to enjoy the sunset.
Colombo 07 or Cinnamon Gardens as it is also known is one of Colombo’s plushest residential areas. The area gets its name from the large Cinnamon plantations that were in existence during the 18th century. Many of Colombo’s aristocratic families and diplomats live in Colombo 07 while many of Colombo’s ‘elite’ schools such as Royal College, Ladies’ College, D. S. Senanayake College, St Bridget's Convent and the University of Colombo are also located here. In short, Colombo 07 can easily be identified as the most affluent area in Colombo.
Located immediately south of Bambalapitiya the city of Wellawatte is a busy and densely populated town with many textile and jewellery shops as well as restaurants and apartment complexes. A vast majority of the people living in Wellawatte are Tamils hence many of these shops too are owned by them. One of the city’s icons, the Savoy Cinema located on the border of the city has been one of Colombo’s favourite entertainment venues for many decades while the Wellawatte Beach, home to the Kinross Swimming and Life Saving Club, is also a very popular attraction here.
The Rajagiriya,Battaramulla and Kotte areas are one of the fastest developing areas on the outskirts of Colombo City. Located just 10 minutes away from the heart of Colombo, these 3 areas are centred on the historic Diyawanna Oya and formed an integral part of the Kotte Kingdom which flourished during the 15th Century AD.
For the discerning and weary holiday maker visiting Colombo, probably no other city offers more variety, dining and entertainment options than Kollupitya aka Colpetty. The area numbered Colombo 03 is one of Colombo’s most popular business cum residential districts, housing many organisations ranging from large conglomerates to banks, IT companies, government institutions, diplomatic offices and hotels. Luxury condominiums and apartment complexes are also aplenty in Kollupitiya.
Renowned for its open air bazaars and markets, Pettah is by far Sri Lanka’s busiest commercial area. It is where most of Sri Lanka’s trading is done. From textiles to vegetables, fruits, grains, spices, condiments and stationery to electronic items, chemicals, toys and so much more, Pettah is dusty, noisy and as they say, where the rubber meets the road!