Thimbirigasyaya combines Colombo’s colonial past with centuries of Sri Lankan history, culture and charm. Sip espresso and browse designer boutiques in the upscale Cinnamon Gardens neighbourhood, visit the excellent National Museum and escape the heat in one of the city’s most beautiful public parks.
Things to do in Thimbirigasyaya
The upmarket Cinnamon Gardens district is nestled in Thimbirigasyaya and will charm you with its tree-lined streets and handsome historic mansions. The neighbourhood is home to a cluster of international embassies, as well as trendy cafes, boutiques and galleries.
Viharamahadevi Park is one of the largest in the city and is filled with enormous banyan trees. Stroll along the shady paths and relax on the manicured lawns, or visit at sunset to see thousands of fruit bats hanging from the trees. Horse-drawn carriage rides are a fun way to explore the park.
Discover the rich history, culture and artistic heritage of Sri Lanka at the National Museum. It occupies a beautiful neo-Baroque building and features exhibits on Sri Lankan Buddhism, ancient civilisations and the colonial era. Enjoy a delicious Sri Lankan meal at the outdoor café and pick up unique souvenirs at the gift shop.
Established in 1880, Royal Colombo Golf Club is one of the oldest and most prestigious courses in Sri Lanka. The lush 18-hole course will challenge you with its tree-lined fairways, well-placed bunkers and water obstacles. Finish with a drink on the terrace of the historic clubhouse. The course offers great birdwatching opportunities, with the chance to spot sapphire blue kingfishers, emerald green barbets and rainbow-coloured bee-eaters.
Getting around Thimbirigasyaya
Taxis are a fast and comfortable way to get around Thimbirigasyaya, while autorickshaws are also a good option. Neighbourhoods like Cinnamon Gardens are pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Bandaranaike International Airport is a 40-minute drive away.