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There are a lot of great day trips from Colombo that can easily be done when visiting Sri Lanka.
One of the most popular day trips is a visit to Mount Lavinia. The coastal town on the outskirts of the city has great beaches, and is frequented by locals and visitors alike.
You can easily get to Mount Lavinia by train, taxi, or tuk tuk from the city center. If you have time, go for lunch at the excellent seafront restaurant at the historic Mount Lavinia Hotel.
Another of the best day trips from Colombo is Negombo. Located near Colombo airport, the area is home to beaches, shops, a bustling beachside fish market, a large harbor, a lagoon and river, and numerous bars and restaurants.
A great day out for wildlife enthusiasts is to visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. There you can see the elephants in their enclosures or bathing in the river. You can enjoy lunch or a drink at one of the restaurants, go shopping at the artisan stalls along the walkway to the river, or visit a nearby facility for an elephant ride.
Additionally, Bentota makes for a great day trip from Colombo. Located right on the coast, it is home to great beaches and a relaxed atmosphere. You can spend the day in Bentota swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying lunch at a beachside restaurant.