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Mount Lavinia

If you thought that Colombo is all about that hustle and bustle, well think again. Mount Lavinia around half an hour away from the commercial capital of Colombo, is an interesting and intriguing suburb filled with sun kissed beaches lined with an array of bars and pubs bringing the nightlife in the suburbs of Colombo to an elevated level. Moreover, monuments, such as the Mount Lavinia Hotel (Formerly the Governor’s residence) shows the historical significance of the place, especially during the British colonial period, adding to the flare of hip and happening Mount Lavinia.

Top Reason to Visit

It is with no question that the top reason to visit the suburb is due to its “Golden Mile” of beaches bustling with a wide variety of bars and pubs, enriching the area for the traveler yearning for the perfect beach retreat, be it partying or a relaxing evening. The choice is yours.

While You're There

Eat, sleep, rave, and repeat:

The spacious “Golden Mile” of beach in Mount Lavinia serves to be a raver’s paradise with a great line of bars, pubs, and restaurants, pumping tunes to get you into the groove gorging on exquisite food while you are in the groove. Head on down during the weekends when the entire beach comes to life bustling with a great atmosphere.

Sunset walks will never be the same:

Not interested in partying? Well the “Golden Mile” is one of the few spots in the Colombo to witness the sun slowly sinking down the distant ocean. Sunsets here are considered to be one of the more majestic sights in the entire country, with the slow churning of the waves along the shore, the sunset here is both, a sight and sound to experience.

A colonial palace bustling with life:

The Mount Lavinia Hotel is famed for being an important monument that has a significant history, and has also been featured in popular culture. The five star hotel was once the palace of the Governor of Ceylon, Sir Thomas Maitland, which was named the ‘Mount Lavinia House’. Named after the governor’s mestizo dancing mistress, Lovina Aponsuwa, the hotel has become a setting for major events from the usual weddings to the hosting of King Leopold of Belgium and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. The hotel has also been featured in David Lean’s 1957 epic ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’, making it all the grander.

Insider Advice

Travel: Mount Lavinia is quite a small area and can be explored easily on foot. There are ample busses that would charge a minimum of LKR 10, and tuk-tuks that would charge LKR 50 - LKR 60 for the first kilometer and LKR 40 thereafter should you choose to opt for other means.

Weather: Mount Lavinia experiences the best weather in the months of January and February, making it ideal for travel.

Money: Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in many of the shops, apart from the small shops. Therefore, it is highly advisable to carry cash in hand as well with small notes like LKR 20s, 50s and 100s.

Clothing: Casual / light wear is the best option even in the beach area, since the society in the area is still quite conservative.

Safety: Safety should not be much of a concern, however, since it is a beach area with pubs and bars be mindful of the surroundings and your belongings.

Meals and refreshments: This would not be much of a problem, since there is an abundance of a range of eateries around the area that specializes in international and local cuisine.

Colombo may be known for its fast paced lifestyle, however, the suburb of Mount Lavinia is where everyone goes to just chill and forget about that fast paced life. Revel in the amazing sight of the sunset, while listening to some laid back tunes, with a tropical drink in one hand.

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