Festivals in Colombo

Sri Lanka has a history as long as many ancient civilizations, positioning in the crossroad of the East and West. And by being a multicultural society it celebrates a wide variety of festivals, ceremonies and events. In Colombo most of the festivals are inspired by religious events. Check out below for more information about festivals in Colombo

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Buddha's birth celebration in Colombo

There is at least one amazing festival to be found in Colombo, namely the celebration of Buddha’s Birth. This festival, named ‘Vesak’, usually takes place in May. It is celebrated in Colombo, but also in other cities such as Kandy and Galle. You will definitely be amazed by the beautifully electrically lit ‘toranas’, symbolizing good fortune. Imagine going to a festival with a local, who can introduce you to all the rituals and let you experience this joyful day from a local perspective? Sounds amazing, right?!

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Chris Duneeshya

Best Cooking Lesson in Sri Lanka

Duneeshya is a friendly host and more than just cooking, her class is a great intro into the place of food in the culture and history of Sri Lanka. And delicious!

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francis Prasanna

Colombo to Historical Galle City in 1 Day

Prasanna was excellent. We met at the port gate exactly on time, once introductions were over he listened to what we want of the day , agreed on a plan and off we went , nice very clean vehicle and a good driver very informative pleasant man, he knows Sri Lanka and kept us entertained, nothing was too much trouble. We asked to eat at a sea side fish restaurant he found the perfect place 10 out of 10. He picked us up at 8.30 am and delivered us back to our ship about 8pm a very full and enjoyable day. Cost £87 this trip was so under-priced, Our ship Splendida wanted several hundred pounds for the same day out.

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James Prasanna

Colombo to Kandy in 1 Amazing Day with a Local

Four of us took the Kandy tour with Prassana in his Toyota Hi-ace. The vehicle was very comfortable for such a long journey. Collection from our hotel was prompt. The tour itself was good even though it was very busy owing to it being a bank holiday. We ate local food at a local restaurant which was very nice. Prassana was knowledgeable, polite and a good and safe driver. The journey back was very long because of the traffic. The only suggestion would be to include more of a walk around the old town to fully take in the town's character.