Where to stay in Colombo

Colombo is wonderful! I like it.

There are many cheap guesthouses here. My favorite part to stay in the city is Bambalapitiya and Wellawatta. These disctricts are lively but not too noisy, close to the centre, easily accessible by train and buses.

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A view of Colombo from the Wellawatta beach.

I heard that there are guesthouses in Pettah and Mount Lavinia but Pettah is too uncomfortable and Mount Lavinia is too far.

Bambalapitiya and Wellawatta are ideal.

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Wellawatta beach. It is not very clean but it is just outside your windows, and it’s perfect for a walk after breakfast and before dinner.

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Below are pictures of business cards of some cheap (below 3000 Rs) guesthouses that I found. Prices are for a double, non AC room.

Warning: prices change. Higher price does not mean higher quality. Lower price doesn’t mean lower quality.

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Rs 3000. They have several branches around the city.

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Rs 1500

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Small rooms: Rs 1750. Big rooms: Rs 2500.

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Rs 1200

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Rs 3000

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Rs 2550

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Rs 1750

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Rs 2200

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Rs 1500

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Rs 2750

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All kinds of shops, markets, supermarkets and cheap restaurants are also here. Like in the South India, the word “hotel” means “restaurant” — a place to eat. A place to stay can be called “guesthouse”, “inn”, or … well … “hotel”.

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Vegetable market. Not far from the Wellawatta train station.

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Houses here are beautiful

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Wellawatta train station

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Wellawatta train station

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Wellawatta train station

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KFC — one of thousands of laboratories scattered around the world where they test whether people can distinguish rubbish from food. Their numerous experiments show that people are in fact able to eat real rubbish and are even willing to pay a lot of money for it. But these labs have air-conditioners and free toilets. I had some rest there after roaming in Wellawatta streets under the merciless midday sun.

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