Sri Lanka, being an island, is known for her amazing beaches and views of the sea. However, in Colombo, it isn’t always easy to find a place where you can enjoy the crashing of the waves and most of all, an undisturbed view of the sunset. Galle Face Green thus attracts a large number of people, especially during the evening, although it is rarely empty, even in the afternoon when there is very little shelter from the scorching sun. Galle Face Green is a half kilometer promenade in the heart of Colombo and was initially laid out in 1859 by Sir Henry Ward, Governor of British Ceylon. The stretch of land was used for horse racing and golf and was known as the Colpetty Race Course.
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.
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.