Colombo Unveiled: Rediscovering the Thrilling Side of Sri Lanka’s Cosmopolitan Gem

Jun 29 2023.

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Think you've seen all there is to Colombo? Think again! Beyond its reputation as a bustling cosmopolitan city, Colombo holds a treasure trove of exciting activities waiting to be discovered. If you're a local resident who's only familiar with its dining and shopping scenes, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. From thrilling sailing adventures to captivating art experiences, and from immersive virtual reality gaming to serene wetland parks, Colombo has so much more to offer. Get ready to embark on a journey of exploration and unleash the excitement of your own city!

Sail Lanka: Set Sail on an Unforgettable Coastal Adventure


Photo credit: Sail Lanka Charter

Are you ready to embark on a remarkable sailing journey along the mesmerizing coasts of Sri Lanka? Look no further than Sail Lanka, the pioneer sailing company that operates on all four coasts of the island. Step aboard one of their ten locally designed, built, and assembled catamarans and get ready for an experience like no other.

Sail Lanka offers a range of options to suit your preferences. Choose from overnight cruises or day cruises that let you bask in the beauty of the ocean. For a shorter adventure, opt for their private sailing cruises that last either three or five hours, departing from Colombo City Marina. During the cruise, you'll be treated to a delectable lunch, exciting snorkelling opportunities, stand-up paddleboarding, and refreshing tea and coffee.

Whether you're looking for a private cruise tailored to your specific needs or prefer to join a shared cruise with other adventure-seeking souls, Sail Lanka has you covered. Their cruises are available in the morning and evening, ensuring flexibility to accommodate your requirements. Celebrate special occasions like weddings or birthday parties, embark on fishing trips, or even go on surfing safaris—the possibilities are endless.

  • Website: www.sail-lanka-charter.com
  • Instagram: saillanka
  • Facebook: saillankacharter
  • Price: approximately 100,000 LKR upwards for 10 people* (depends on package and requirements)
  • Reservation: Required
  • Additional Notes: In addition to their 3-hour and 5-hour individual and shared day tours, customizable packages are available for special events.


Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Sri Lanka: Unveiling Creative Masterpieces


Photo credit: MMCA

Did you know that Colombo is home to Sri Lanka's first museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art? The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Sri Lanka (MMCA Sri Lanka) provides a haven for artistic expression. Delve into thought-provoking exhibitions, attend engaging talks by artists and curators, and participate in educational programs. Unleash your creativity and immerse yourself in the vibrant world of local and international art.

  • Address: Ground Floor, Crescat Boulevard, 89 Galle Road, Colombo 03
  • Admission: Free (including all events)
  • Hours: 10am—6pm (Closed on Poya days and public holidays)
  • Website: https://mmca-srilanka.org/
  • Instagram & Facebook: mmcasrilanka 


Beddagana Wetland Park/ Diyasaru Park: Explore the Wetland Wonders
Embark on a captivating journey through Colombo's wetlands at Beddagana Wetland Park and Diyasaru Park. Nestled along Diyawanna Oya Lake, Beddagana Wetland Park showcases a stunning array of aquatic plants, birds, and wildlife. This vast park offers glimpses of Fishing cats, Otters, and even Alligators.

On the opposite side of Diyawanna Oya, Diyasaru Park awaits with its focus on biodiversity and wetland management. Educational programs at the park provide valuable insights into the region's natural heritage. Capture breathtaking moments at the 'bird watching tower' and 'bird hide,' specially designed for bird enthusiasts and photographers.

Both parks offer an ideal setting for bird watching, with numerous species and vibrant butterflies and dragonflies in abundance. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of these wetland oases, as you witness the harmonious coexistence of nature's wonders. Discover the serene beauty and diverse ecosystems of Colombo's wetlands at Beddagana Wetland Park and Diyasaru Park. Whether you seek solace in nature or are a passionate wildlife enthusiast, these parks promise an unforgettable experience in Sri Lanka's natural splendour.

Beddagana Wetland Park

  • Address: 139 Rampart Rd, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte 
  • Hours: 6:30 AM – 5:00 PM (Monday to Sunday)
  • Price: Adults - LKR 100 and Children - LKR 50 
  • Facebook: beddaganawetlandpark

Diyasaru Park

  • Address: Diyasaru Park, Japan Sri Lanka Friendship Rd, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
  • Hours:  6:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Monday to Sunday)
  • Website: https://diyasarupark.lk/
  • Instagram: diyasaru.lk
  • Facebook: Diyasaru-Park-915565855256103

 

Marino World VR Gaming Centre: Dive into Virtual Reality Adventures


Photo credit: Marino Mall Colombo

Prepare to be transported to thrilling virtual worlds at Marino World VR Gaming Centre. Unleash your inner gamer and immerse yourself in a variety of virtual reality games. From exhilarating rollercoaster rides to heart-pumping shooting and racing games, there's something to suit every taste. Experience the future of gaming and create unforgettable memories right here in Colombo. Located on the ground floor of Marino Mall, this gaming haven offers a wide variety of immersive VR games that will transport you to new dimensions of fun.

Whether you're a fan of heart-pounding roller coasters, thrilling shooting games, high-speed racing adventures, or basketball challenges, Marino World has something to cater to every taste. Strap on a VR headset and find yourself instantly immersed in a world of excitement and adventure. The cost for each game is affordable, so get ready to unleash your competitive spirit and take on thrilling virtual challenges that will leave you breathless.

The dedicated team at Marino World ensures that your VR experience is seamless and enjoyable, providing top-of-the-line equipment and a comfortable gaming environment. Whether you're a seasoned VR enthusiast or a curious newcomer, the staff is ready to assist you and make your experience unforgettable.

Connect with Marino World on their Facebook page to stay updated on the latest games and promotions. To get a taste of the future of gaming, head over to Marino World VR Gaming Centre and let your imagination soar in the limitless world of virtual reality.

  • Address: Ground floor, Marino Mall, 590 Colombo - Galle Main Rd, Colombo 3
  • Hours: 10.00 am to 10.00 pm - everyday
  • Price: LKR 400 or 500 (depends on the game)
  • Facebook: MarinoWorldLk


Adventure Golf: Tee Off for Unforgettable Fun


Looking for a fun-filled activity for the whole family? Adventure Golf has got you covered. This indoor mini golf course at Arcade Independence Square offers 18 holes of excitement. Navigate through challenging obstacles, including slides, tunnels, and interactive elements, as you showcase your golfing skills. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced golfer, Adventure Golf guarantees a memorable time filled with laughter and friendly competition.

  • Address: Arcade Independence Square Colombo, D2, 1/1 NHD Longdon Pl, Colombo 7
  • Hours: Monday - Thursday: 3 pm - 11 pm / Friday - Sunday: 10 am to 11 pm / Happy Hour: Monday - Tuesday:  6-8pm (reduced price)
  • Instagram: Adventure_golf_colombo
  • Price (Complete 18 course): Adult - LKR 1500 / Kids - LKR 1250 (6-12 years) / Family - LKR 5000 (2 adults and 2 kids)

 

Ceylon Riding Club: Embrace the Equine World


Discover the magic of horse riding at Ceylon Riding Club, located in Colombo's Port City. Ride into adventure at the enchanting 'Pony Park,' where the public can enjoy pony rides on weekends and holidays. The club also offers structured programs for schools, following international protocols for safe riding. Experience the therapeutic benefits of horse interactions, particularly for children on the autism spectrum and those with ADHD. Ceylon Riding Club is dedicated to educating horse owners and enthusiasts, ensuring responsible horsemanship and the well-being of these magnificent creatures. Unleash your inner equestrian and create cherished memories at Ceylon Riding Club.

  • Guest Rates Per session*: Adult (18+) - LKR 15,000 / Junior (7 to 17) - LKR 10,000 / Pony Club (3 to 6) - LKR 7,500
  • Hours: Tuesday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM / Wednesday & Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM / Thursday, Saturday & Sunday - 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Website: www.ceylonridingclub.com
  • Instagram: ceylonridingclub_


The Clubhouse by LIN: Colombo's Ultimate Water Sports Center


Dive into excitement at The Clubhouse by LIN, Colombo's premier water sports centre. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie or seeking a refreshing aquatic escape, this is the place to be. Indulge in a thrilling array of activities, including snorkelling, windsurfing, water skiing, wakeboarding, banana boat rides, speed boating, canoeing, and jet skiing.

After an exhilarating adventure on the water, unwind and recharge at The Clubhouse. This trendy venue takes inspiration from the bohemian hotels of Bali, offering a laid-back ambience where guests can relax and enjoy light meals, snacks, and refreshing mocktails. As the sun sets, the atmosphere comes alive with vibrant live music, creating an unforgettable experience.

Whether you're a water sports enthusiast or simply looking for a fun-filled day by the sea, The Clubhouse by LIN provides the perfect setting for aquatic thrills and relaxation. Soak up the sun, feel the sea breeze, and make lasting memories at Colombo's ultimate water sports centre.

  • Address: The Clubhouse Port City, Colombo 01,
  • Hours: Weekdays - 8.00 AM TO 6.00 PM & Weekends - 8.00 AM TO 6.00 PM
  • Price: Depends on activity chosen See website.
  • Website: https://sites.google.com/view/theclubhouse0/home
  • Instagram: theclubhouse.sl


Colombo Dunes ATV: Unleash Your Adventurous Spirit

Photo credit: Crate Adventures

Calling all thrill-seekers! Prepare for an unforgettable off-road adventure at Colombo Dunes ATV, South Asia's first ATV Adventure Centre. In collaboration with the world-renowned Can-Am by BRP, they offer an exhilarating experience like no other. Whether you're craving an adrenaline rush on the Colombo Mountain or rocky mountain ATV trails, or prefer heart-pounding excitement at our sand dune ATV centre in Port City Colombo, Crate Adventure promises a remarkable journey.

Embark on a 10-minute, three-round tour featuring tracks tailored to different skill levels. For beginners and those seeking training, Drive Track A offers a perimeter track to get acquainted with the exhilarating world of ATVs. Ready to take it up a notch? Challenge yourself on Drive Track B, an intermediate track featuring sharp turns that test your agility. And for the expert riders seeking the ultimate thrill, Drive Track C boasts deep slopes that will push your skills to the limit.

Gear up, hold on tight, and let the adventure unfold as you navigate through thrilling terrains and conquer the Colombo Dunes. Colombo Dunes ATV is your gateway to an adrenaline-fueled escape in the heart of the city.

  • Address: Colombo Dunes ATV - Crate Adventure Port City, Colombo 1
  • Hours: 7:30 to 6:30 (Monday - Sunday)
  • Price: Local Special Discount - LKR 7,900 per person for 3 tracks / LKR 2,750 for co-riders (co-riders do not get to drive) / Beach Trailer Ride - LKR 6900 pp for senior citizens. Min 4 pax.
  • Reservation: Required
  • Minimum age: 18 years (to ride ATV)
  • Website: https://crateadventure.com


Colombo is more than just a cosmopolitan city known for its dining and shopping scenes. It holds a wealth of thrilling experiences waiting to be explored by its own residents. From embarking on sailing adventures along the coastlines to immersing oneself in the vibrant world of modern art, and from indulging in virtual reality gaming to finding solace in serene wetland parks, Colombo surprises with its hidden gems. 

 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rihaab Mowlana

Rihaab Mowlana is the Deputy Features Editor of Life Plus and a journalist with a passion for crafting captivating narratives. Her expertise lies in feature writing, where she brings a commitment to authenticity and a keen eye for unique perspectives. Follow Rihaab on Twitter & Instagram: @rihaabmowlana


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