I highly disliked Colombo, Sri Lanka. It was hectic. There were many scams that the locals tried to pull on tourists. I didn’t feel safe as a solo traveler there. I did manage, however, to find a few beautiful parks and havens away from the chaos until I could catch the next train out of there. The airport is just outside of Colombo which is the reason I stayed here. If I had to do it again, I would stay in Negombo Beach instead of Colombo.
I stayed at the Clock Inn for a very reasonable price. The hotel arranged a driver to pick me up from the airport. I paid extra for this, but it was well worth it because I soon learned that most of the drivers in Sri Lanka don’t know their way around at all. It was a comfort to know that my driver would get me to the right hotel. The easiest way to get around is to get a tuk-tuk. Make sure that you see the meter and make the driver use it. If you are a woman, I recommend carrying mosquito spray or pepper spray as many of the men will flash you in Colombo, and it’s nice to have some security to get them away from you.
The best dining in Sri Lanka is in Colombo, so make sure you check out some of the restaurants such as The Gallery Cafe, and the Barefoot Garden Cafe.
The Galle Face area along the beach is a great place to people watch, and the Galle Face hotel is a great spot to sit outdoors and sip on one of the delicious king coconuts.