Colombo is quite the paradox of a city. You can end up spending a hefty wad of cash in a day. But on the flip side of the coin, you can easily make do with just 10 euro’s. Yes, you did read that right. The exchange rates these days are in your favor for 10 euros equals to about 1700 rupees. Do read on to find out how to make the best use of your 10 euros.
Start your day by exploring the Galle Face hotel. 153 years of history echo through the hallways. They even have a museum that showcases iconic pieces of history from the 1800’s. The highlight would be a classic car once owned by Prince Philip during the British reign. Snap a picture while you’re at it.. for free of course!
Bargain heaven: Pettah market
Once you are done, hop in a No.100 bus and head straight to the Pettah market. This is bargain heaven; Pettah has everything, from toys to Ayurvedic medicine. Do take in all the sights, smells, and sounds for you won’t find a market like this anywhere else. Try not to get lost among the maze of crossroads though. On another note, fresh fruit vendors are plentiful; perfect if you’re looking for that 11 O’ clock pick me up.
Walking around in Pettah will surely work up an appetite. Considering that you have spent no less than 350 rupees on your bus fair and your fresh fruit of choice, hail a tuk-tuk and go to Hotel De Pilawoos in Colpetty. This ride will cost you no more than 290 rupees. Pilawoos is infamous for their kotthu, a Sri Lankan street food staple which is pretty much rotti that is chopped into strips and mixed with spices, egg, and a meat of your choice. At 400 rupees, this dish will make your taste buds dance, as long as you can handle the spice.
Take in Sri Lanka’s traditional roots
After lunch, another tuk-tuk ride of 120 rupees will take you to the Gangaramaya temple. This is one of the most venerable temples in the country. The temple's architecture is a diverse mix of Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, and Chinese architecture and it is decorated with wonderful brass work, stone carvings, and other Buddhist art. This is the perfect place to take in Sri Lanka’s traditional roots. The Beira Lake is walking distance from the temple, if you wish to stroll along the perimeter.
To end the day, take another tuk-tuk back to Galle Face. Again, this would cost you only 160 rupees. Galle face is the ideal place to watch the sunset over Colombo. Kites will be flying in abundance and Sri Lankan families will be plentiful so do mingle with the crowds.
There you have it, a day in Colombo in under 10 euros!