Away from the more touristy attractions, Colombo also has many joys for those who like to wander and discover a city by themselves. Feel Colombo by living some moments just like the locals. With its old neighbourhoods and markets, the city will have many stories in store for you.
Beautiful Colonial Buildings
There is a romantic charm about Colombo’s European style buildings that lets you step back in time. Some of the famous British era buildings are the Royal College and the Old Town Hall. The 17th century Dutch Commissariat and prison buildings are popular landmarks amongst architecture connoisseurs.
Streets of Pettah
Visiting the multicultural and vibrant neighbourhood of Pettah is a must on the list of offbeat things to do in Colombo. Feel the pulse of everyday Sri Lanka and take in the sights and sounds of the famous Sunday market.
Timing: Evenings are a great time for exploring Pettah
Old Dutch Hospital
The oldest building in the Colombo Fort area, this 17th century landmark is a heritage site in the city. Besides the market and many dining options, the Old Dutch Hospital is also a great place for soaking in the local scenes. Spending a lazy evening here while people-watching and sipping tea can be one of the insightful and offbeat activities in Colombo.
Timing: 10AM to 10PM All Days
If you are looking for offbeat tours in Colombo, then you have to spend some time in Colombo’s beloved tuk-tuks. Explore the city’s landmarks and secret corners in these three-wheelers which are manned by locals with complete knowledge of Colombo.
Dutch Period Museum
Learn about the Dutch colonial period in Sri Lanka at the Dutch Period Museum. Housed in a 17th century two storey building, some of the major artefacts here are coins, weaponry and furniture from that period.
Timing: 9AM to 5PM Tuesday to Saturday (Monday and Sunday Closed)
Colombo Fort area comprises of its central business district along with landmarks like the Presidential residence and the Galle Face Greens. Take a journey along the streets as you are greeted by examples of classical and colonial charm blending with modern city scenery.
Colombo has surprises for everyone and visitors are encouraged to take the plunge into its streets and markets to find essential Colombo experiences that are unique to this place.