Places to stay near Galle Face
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I knew we did have a tight schedule and barely had time to explore. But little did i know that there are not much variety in Colombo.We had a nice sumptuous breakfast at Taj and headed our way out around 10. We first visited Galle Face Beach which is right opposite our hotel. It was a bright and a sunny day (exactly as how they start the commentary in a cricket test match) and I was so much home (nostalgic of my Chennai Beaches and weather) and not quite understanding why others were constantly complaining about the sun.
Colombo also has some good pubs where you can chill in the evenings or even visit some sea view restaurants to gorge on some scrumptious crabs and shrimps. Visit the Sea Spray restaurant at Galle Face Hotel for a memorable dinner.
Galle Face Green is a ribbon of green space located in the heart of the city along the Indian Ocean coast, and is a popular destination for tourists and residents
various pubs dot the place where you can also listen to some soulful live music played by local bands during weekends. Being very near to Galle Face, you could take a late evening stroll towards the Galle face after couple of drinks..Using public transport as a mode of transport to travel accross Sri Lanka was one of my objective which sometimes might put you in a spot where you dont find yourself lucky enough..:), however the true beauty of the island can be felt only through it.
Try to stay in central Colombo as all these places are situated around there and can be covered by 10-15 mins walk from Galle Face Green. There are quite a few budget accommodations in central Colombo. We stayed in Back Pack Lanka which offers nice and comfortable dorm stay and is located at about 15 mins walking distance from Galle Face Green.
At the evening you can go gaze at the sunset over Galle Face Green which becomes vibrant with the local crowd after sundown. Also try some of the local delicacies in one of the many street food stalls lined up there. Later to chill out with some beer and music, there is this nice cozy bar, Taproom by RnR located in old dutch hospital complex.
Galle face promenade: see the sun setting on this road, take an evening walk on this road when you can see the hustle bustle of Lanka on this road.Lighthouse: Drive down further and you can see the light house which is a nice place to spend sometime.Dutch hospital: Dutch hospital building converted into a mall has nice and posh restaurant and pubs. Recommended is Taphouse.Trincomalee:
Our first destination in Sri Lanka was Taj Samudra, Colombo. This Taj property is located on Galle Face Center Road in Colombo, in the vicinity of many other five-star properties like Galle Face Hotel, The Kingsbury, Cinnamon Grand, Hilton, etc. – all facing the beach. The beach was not particularly great, and we came out of it as soon as we got closer to the ocean – it was a little stinky and shady, for the lack of better adjectives. Since we did not want to be overwhelmed by Colombo, we chose to visit just a couple of places in the city and then spend the evening in the hotel itself. We got a really good suggestion from one of our friends to visit Dutch Hospital, which was a great call. It is a place full of young, affluent crowd of Colombo, chatting around over a glass of wine or a beer and some finger-licking food. It is also on our list of ‘Must visit corners of earth’. After a couple of pegs and a light dinner there, we spent the rest of evening on the pool-side at Taj Samudra. The wine collection and food quality at Taj were to die for.After spending our next morning shopping a little and having an amazing breakfast at Park Street Mews in Colombo, we reached Bentota and checked in at Sea Rock Villa on the outskirts of the main city. We were in love with this place, at first sight – beach in the backyard, infinity pool, beach-side restaurant, hammock by the pool – this was the dream place we always wanted to go to. Bentota is very well known for its Ayurvedic massage and its serene beaches complemented by the range of water-sports that it offers. You can also buy some traditional Sri Lankan specialties like Sri Lankan masks and its aromatic teas from Bentota. However much your friends tell you, Sri Lanka is not a cheap place, and Bentota is surely not on the list of cheapest places in the country but you can definitely test your bargaining skills, and they do work if you are good.After 2-nights stay at Bentota, we headed back to Colombo where we went to Laksala Emporium to check out their collection of handicrafts and the teas. The last stop was at Odel, the most revered shopping destination in Colombo. After spending years in Dubai, Odel didn’t excite us much, but it’s a place worth visiting once if you are in Colombo. We bid adieu to this beautiful country with loads of memories, with a promise to return one day to explore those places that we missed on this first trip.This trip was originally published on Coaster Collectors.
Places like the Galle Face Promenade,a good option to stay offers some spectacular sunsets in the Indian Ocean. Its an ideal picnic spot and a great stretch to unwind.
We stayed in the Galle Face Hotel but also in the Galadari hotel, on the other end of the Galle Face Green. It also had a lovely view. Even on a cloudy day. Straight over to the ocean. Love the palm trees reflected in the pond / water: When staying in the Galle Face Hotel we popped to the Galle Face Green next door to catch a lovely sunset over the Indian Ocean like most of Colombo.
So relaxing, so serene. We did it every night and recommend doing it even if you aren't staying there, you don't have to be guest. Funnily enough, the reason we were in Sri Lanka was for a wedding and the first night we were in the Galle Face we bumped into the bride and groom by utter chance!
Galle: One step in the Galle Fort and you would think you landed up in another country all together! Marvelous architecture, cute cafes, beautiful lanes to walk.
I loved the fact that there a surprise that unfolded behind every corner: from colourful tuk-tuks , to old-fashioned cars, to French cafes , to Buddhist hostels and canteens, to luxurious spas all set amid some of the some of the finest Portugese, Dutch and British colonial architecture.Quick Tip: Walk ..walk walk, but even better as you get there hire a cycle from the only shop situated close to the Police Barracks
After a 2-day relax and chill, we headed to Galle, an hour away from Unawatuna. Galle is of much historic significance with the Galle fort and clock tower built by French in some 1600's.
Galle Face Front - Then we drove to Galle Face Front which is like Marine Drive in Mumbai. We loved coming hereTaj Samudra - We concluded the day with lavish dinner at Taj Samudra right on Galle Face. And then headed back to airport to fly to Singapore.