Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, known as Dehiwala-Mount by the locals, is one of the largest localities in Colombo. It is a 45 minute to an hour’s bus ride from the Fort Railway Station, Colombo’s main railway station. I was told to stay near the Galle Face promenade because most of the attractions are at the Fort, Pettah area. However, I ended up staying at Dehiwala, and it was a great cheer. Prema, my host was a nice lady who helped me get around.
There are many temples in the Dehiwala region. Two of the notable temples are Sri Subodharama Raja Maha Viharaya, and Sri Mangalaramaya. Queit, serene, and nice place for a walk, or talk to a devotee and learn.
Sri Lanka has beautiful beaches, and one such beach people go to straight off of a plane is the beach at Mount Lavinia. The town is a tourism hotspot that has a quiet nightlife. Mount Lavinia Hotel is a the place to stay in if you want to stay here. This hotel has a nice pool I heard. There are many nice beaches in Dehiwala too. There is a railway along the beach. The beach is even better if you are in the train.
I travel to try food. And there is lot of unique meals you can try in Sri Lanka. There are lot of variety of food to eat, but on a typical Dehiwala – Mount Lavinian day you could try:
Fish Curry and Rice:
Curry is mostly eaten in India, Sri Lanka, and countries surrounding it. Curry they make in Sri Lanka is spicy, with lot of spices. Rice and Curry can be made with anything, chicken, lamb, and fish. Because you are in Sri Lanka you will eat Fish Curry and Rice. What is it? It is a big bowl of rice. Another big bowl of the same size has this spicy and tasty curry. Maybe there is a competition among India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and other Southeast Asian countries as to who could make the most spiciest curry.
Watallapam (not a waterplan as per Google’s autocorrect) This is a custard made from milk, jaggery, eggs, cashew nuts, and powdered cardamom. Eat the spiciest Fish and Curry, and then order a Watallapam. This desert is popular in Sri Lanka, and it is made during festivals. The custard is too sweet if you are not aware of how jaggery tastes like.
How about toddy in the evening?
Dehiwala Puppet Museum:
This museum is not advertised in travel shows, or magazines. It is hidden somewhere in Dehiwala. Here is the museum on the Google Maps. I like museums, but I missed this though. I head nice things about this place. They have puppets from around the world, some hanging from the roof, some greeting you, and some living inside a model house. They also have traditional masks you may see in your nightmares. The pictures are cool. You would want to own one of them.
The National Zoological Gardens is in Dehiwala. I have not been here either, but I told it has dancing elephants. I don’t like going to a zoo, but if you like caged animals, why not? There are most animals you learnt of in school. The website says they have 72 species of mammals, 65 species of birds, 31 species of reptiles, 30 species of butterflies, and 89 species of fishes. The elephants performing there would be a delight for some. But if you see the animal keepers beat up the animals, please don’t judge them. You will have to pay 2000 rupees if you are a foreigner.
Stay at Dehiwala-Mount
The Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia is a huge suburb, and there is no shortage of places to stay. Mount Lavinia has some of the high end hotels, so if you do not like spending a lot, stay at Dehiwala.
Mount Lavinia Hotel: Like I said, people come straight off of the airplane to this beach view hotel.
Colombo Sea View Hostel: This is where I stayed. This one is right next to the beach. There are lot of beach side shacks and restaurants where you could eat. This hostel is operated out of an apartment. A lady named Prema is the care taker of this place. Galle Face is to the North of this place, and Mount Lavinia Beach is to the South. I think both these places can be reached in equal time. However, there is no air conditioning, so this place gets too hot and humid