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West Coast 2024 & 2025 INDIAN OCEAN | SRI LANKA 

Urban Chic to Coastal Bliss 

Stretching along the western coastline of Sri Lanka, the West Coast is a multifaceted region that seamlessly blends tradition with modernity, offering a kaleidoscope of experiences for visitors to explore. At its heart lies the vibrant capital city of Colombo, a bustling metropolis that pulsates with energy and diversity. 
 
Inland, the West Coast is dotted with ancient temples, serene lakes, and lush greenery, providing a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Discover the sacred tranquility of Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, one of Sri Lanka's most revered Buddhist temples, or wander through the peaceful grounds of Viharamahadevi Park, a verdant oasis in the heart of Colombo. 
 
Culinary enthusiasts will delight in the province's diverse gastronomic scene, which showcases a fusion of flavors from around the world. From traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry to international delicacies, the West Coast offers a feast for the senses at every turn. Sample street food delights at bustling food markets, dine at upscale restaurants overlooking the ocean, or indulge in high tea at one of Colombo's elegant colonial-era hotels. 
 
Whether you're exploring ancient temples, lounging on sun-kissed beaches, or savoring the flavors of local cuisine, the West Coast invites you to embark on an unforgettable journey of discovery and delight. 
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Things to do and see in the West Coast 

Negombo 

A visit to Negombo is a must - it will captivate you with its vibrant blend of history, culture and natural beauty.  
 
Negombo is home to many Catholic churches which show you a glimpse in the country's colonial past. Stroll down cobbled streets of the Dutch Fort, where centuries-old building stand, or wander through bustling markets brimming with fresh seafood, spices and local handicrafts. 
 
Negombo isn't all historical charm, it has a stunning coastline where you can unwind on soft sand and dip your toes into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.  
 
Whether enjoying the delicious food, embarking on a scenic boat ride along the lagoon, or simply soaking up the laid-back vibe, Negombo is not a place you will easily forget. 

Colombo 

Colombo is a melting pot of cultures and traditions. Here you will find the old mixed with the new amidst vibrant streets, colonial-era architecture and sleek skyscrapers.  
 
Why not dive into the city's rich past with a visit to iconic landmarks such as the Old Parliament, or Colombo Fort? Or maybe explore the vibrant markets of Pettah where all your senses will be heightened by the sights, sounds and smells of the daily hustle and bustle. 
 
Take the opportunity to indulge in a culinary adventure from traditional Sri Lankan cuisine to international delicacies at street vendors or chic restaurants.  
 
Colombo is sure to leave a lasting impression on you. 

Mount Lavinia 

Mount Lavinia is a coastal town offering a perfect blend of relaxation and exploration. You cannot miss walking along golden sandes of Mount Lavinia Beach lined with swaying palm trees and bordered with turquoise waters calling you in for a swim. 
 
The Railway Station in Mount Lavinia is a beautifully preserved heritage site, running along the coast, hinting at Sri Lanka's colonial past. What a better place than the waterfront to enjoy fresh seafood with spectacular sunsets creating a romantic ambience. 
 
Whether you're seeking relaxation, adventure, or cultural exploration, Mount Lavinia promises a memorable escape by the sea, where the beauty of nature meets the charm of colonial heritage. 

Galle Face 

This iconic prominade stretches for over half a kilometer, giving you the best views off the India Ocean and it is a popular gathering spot for locals and tourists alike. 
 
Meander along the manicured lawns of Galle Face Green, here you can take a picnic and watch the world go by, enjoy local snacks and refreshing coconut water from local vendors. The promenade comes alive as the sun sets and people flock to witness the spectaular colours of the sky and cool breeze.  
 
There are many food stalls lining the promenade, where you can savour authentic Sri Lankan street food and freshly grilled seafood while watching the waves crash against the shore.  
 
Galle Face offers an unforgettable experience that captures the essence of coastal life in Colombo. 

Best time to visit Sri Lanka 

The best time to visit Sri Lanka depends on the specific regions and activities you plan to engage in. Generally, the country experiences two primary monsoon seasons: 
 
1. Northeast Monsoon (December to March): This period is considered the peak tourist season, particularly for the west and south coasts as well as the hill country. The weather is generally dry and sunny, making it ideal for beach activities, cultural sightseeing, and hiking in the hill country. 
 
2. Southwest Monsoon (May to September): During this time, the southwest region experiences its monsoon season, bringing heavy rains and rough seas. However, the northeast regions, such as Trincomalee and Arugam Bay, enjoy dry and sunny weather, making it a popular time for surfing and exploring the east coast. 
 
Ultimately, the best time to visit Sri Lanka depends on your preferences and travel plans. If you're looking for beach holidays and cultural exploration, the dry season from December to March is ideal. For surfing and exploring the east coast, consider visiting from May to September when the weather is dry on the east coast and the west coast experiences its monsoon season. 

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