1 The Pettah
Colombo’s absorbing bazaar district, stuffed full of every conceivable type of merchandise, from mobile phones to Ayurvedic herbs.
2 Gangaramaya and Seema Malaka
Step out of the urban melee of Colombo into the serene enclosures of these two contrasting Buddhist temples.
3 Wilpattu National Park
Huge and very peaceful national park, home to significant populations of leopards, elephants and sloth bears.
4 Kalpitiya peninsula
Superb dolphin-watching, intriguing colonial remains, a beautiful lagoon and the island’s most alluring cluster of boutique eco-resorts on idyllic Alankuda Beach.
With an idyllic sandy beach and a string of elegant small-scale hotels, the southern end of Bentota offers an oasis of style and tranquillity among the brash west coast package resorts.
Popular backpacker hangout, with good surfing, snorkelling and diving, and one of the liveliest beach scenes anywhere on the coast.