Travel Diaries: Sri Lanka – Colombo

Colombo – our first and last stop on our Sri Lankan trip and the last of this series of travel diaries sadly! (There will be more very soon…) Colombo is the capital of Sri Lanka and the largest city in the country. It’s on the West coast of Sri Lanka and as we were only going there for a day we hadn’t planned much to do. As far as I was concerned Colombo was our chance to recover and relax before getting on a very long flight back to London.

While we were able to do some relaxing, we didn’t do much! One of my sister’s friends was also in Sri Lanka for a family occasion. We met up with him, were treated to an amazing family meal which ironically didn’t consist of Sri Lankan food but Indian! Sister and I never travel to anywhere where we have family members (just by pure chance) but I loved being surrounded by people who were so welcoming. Asian parents show their love by making sure you are full fed and I left that meal absolutely stuffed.

Out hotel in Colombo was The Hilton and I expected it to be normal and very standard. As I said we were only staying for the night and neither of us minded if it wasn’t as lovely as the hotels we had just left. Instead we reached the hotel and were instantly upgraded to these massive suites. Suddenly I wanted to stay in Colombo a whole lot longer! The first picture and the one below showing all of Colombo were taking from our room window.

Our plan was also to eat dinner out somewhere but after admiring the sheer opulence of the hotel and their restaurant we decided to have dinner downstairs. This was possibly the best decision we made. It was a buffet and each station visited a different part of the world.

I know this post on Colombo is very food heavy but in Colombo that’s all we did! I remember thinking that the food would be one of my strongest memories of the trip and indeed that is the case. Well to be completely truthful, we did manage to make it outside and walked along Colombo’s seafront with market stalls, snakes being charmed, and a lot of kites being flown.

I did not think I would love travelling around Sri Lanka as much as I did. I didn’t have the best time while in India and I thought Sri lanka would be the same. Wonderfully I was very, very wrong. This country was everything I could have hoped for and so much more. I had a wonderful time and unlike almost everywhere else I have visited, I would like to go back.

Here are my previous instalments:

Travel Diaries – Sri Lanka: Sigiriya

Travel Diaries – Sri Lanka: Dambulla

Travel Diaries – Sri Lanka: Nuwara Eliya

Travel Diaries – Sri Lanka: Galle

Travel Diaries – Sri Lanka: Bentota

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