Pettah

In this loud, crowded, chaotic potpourri of ethnicities, you can find pretty much anything you need in any size or shape you want. Cheap electronics, silk sari’s and dried spices side by side in one Big Bustling Market Bazaar. If you look carefully, you will even be able to find artisanal goods or hand-crafted jewellery for bargain prices. Grab a king coconut as you walk, take in the sounds, smells and sights and observe local life at its most intense.

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Places to stay in Colombo

Tuk Tuk Hostels
Budget accommodation in classy neighbourhood
391/3B, Thimbirigasaya Road, Colombo 07
low
Fairway Colombo
Hip hotel in historic heart
7 Hospital Street, Colombo 01
medium
Hotel Nippon
Lovingly restored heritage hotel
123 Kumaran Ratnam Rd, Colombo 02
medium
City Rest Fort
Nice clean place with great ice-cream
46 Hospital Street, Colombo 01
low
Bunkyard
Eco-friendly hostel and café
20A Guilford Crescent, Colombo 07
low
Hostel at Galle Face
Friendly hostel in prime location
41 Galle Face Terrace, Colombo 03
low
Grand Oriental Hotel
Old fashioned hotel with vintage bar
2 York Street, Colombo 01
medium
Cinnamon Red
Cool hotel with 360 ̊ swimming pool & rooftop bar
59, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 07
medium
Black Cat
Homey bed & breakfast in colonial villa
No. 11 Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 07
low
Tintagel
Classy boutique hotel with royal patronage
65 Rosemead Place, Colombo 07
high
Galle Face Hotel
The city’s most prestigious hotel
2 Galle Road, Colombo 03
high

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