COLOMBO , SRI LANKA
After Galle our next port of call was the megalopolis of Colombo , formerly known as Ceylon ,it was before home to Amerindians which was later colonised by Portuguese , Dutch and the British . As the city was ruled by 3 different colonizers the legacy of the colonies is seen throughout in the old buildings and architecture which adds charm to the city
Our voyage started from the sea side of the city , to my hotel The Kingsbury.The Kingsbury is one of the finest five-star hotels Colombo has to offer.Its located in-between Galle Face Green, the World Trade Centre and the Dutch Hospital Precinct with easy access for shopping, entertainment and business.We had a lovely warm welcome at the reception by the hotel staff.After which we headed up to our rooms to freshen up as we had a long day planned ahead of us
We were then off for a Colombo City Tour.We were ecstatic to see our ride for the day which were Jeeps used during World War II.They were open vintage jeeps that toured us to the historical places and classical monuments in Colombo.Enjoying the ride through the busy streets of the city getting warmed up to the local culture & hustle and bustle of the marketsThe city is rich in its history and art . The jeep toured us to various divergent places in Colombo,the Colombo Fort Area,the British Administrative centre,Dutch Church & heart of Pettah.We completed our city tour with high tea at the beautiful Galle Face Hotel.
Sri Lanka’s iconic landmark, The Galle Face Hotel, is situated in the heart of Colombo, along the seafront and facing the famous Galle Face Green.One of the oldest hotels east of the Suez, The Galle Face Hotel embraces its rich history and legendary traditions, utilizing them to create engaging, immersive experiences that resonate with old and new generations of travelers alike.
Then we headed back to our hotel and spent some time at the poolside at Honey Beach Club,the inhouse beach club of Hotel Kingsbury.The spacious infinity swimming pool was the best place to enjoy a dip after a day of sightseeing and to unwind.Loved the vibe there and luxurious sun beds and exotic cocktails enjoying the beautiful sunset
After the sun set we left to explore the Colombo Nightlife.Diner had to be at the iconic Ministry Of Crab which was highly recommended to me.The vegetarians headed off to a neighbouring cafe while we meat eaters docked ourselves at Ministry Of Crab.I couldnt wait to try out some of the delectable crab preparations there.Went for the Chilly Crab which was very delicious and the visit was definitely worth it.Highly reccommend it
Next morning after breakfast we were treated to a super relaxing massage therapy at the Spa Ceylon.Spa Ceylon combines Ayurveda wisdom, fine natural ingredients & contemporary design to bring you the ultimate in Ayurveda luxury – for health, well-being & relaxation. They also have a wide range of bath and body products including massage and bath oils, essential oils, cleansing bars, shower gels, body scrubs, body lotions, moisturizing balms, body mist and foot care
We got back to The Kingsbury all rejuvenated and then headed to our hotel’s rooftop bar Ce La Vi which has a spectacular view of the city as well as the beaches and the perfect place for a sundown alongside some yummy exotic cocktails
Later in the evening we enjoyed the Colombo nightlife at Park Street followed by diner at the Monsoon restaurant.Some of the good nightclubs we visited in Colombo were Rhythm & Blues and Love Bar
That was our last night in Colombo.Next morning after an elaborate breakfast at The Kingsbury we checked out and headed to the airport.We had had such an incredible experience in Sri Lanka all thanks to Sri Lankan Airlines,Linkin Reps & Esna Holidays who made sure to pamper us and make the most of the limited time on hand to explore the real sense of Lanka.Its definitely a great vacation spot especially for Indians as it is only a 2 hour flight and so much to explore.If you stil havnt been to Sri Lanka make it your next vacay goal! 🙂