Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, population 209,787 (2001) is the largest suburb of the capital Colombo, in Western Province, Sri Lanka. It is situated immediately south of the Colombo city centre. It is a combination of certain key urban suburbs and communities combined for administrative purposes. The centres include Dehiwala and the beach resort of Mount Lavinia. It is home to Sri Lanka’s National Zoological Gardens which remains one of Asia’s largest. Dehiwala and Mount Lavinia lie along the Galle Road artery which runs along the coast to the south of the country. Dehiwala is a suburb in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is inside the administration boundary of Dehiwala-Mount_Lavinia Municipal Council. The town has also suffered extensive pollution as a result of uncontrolled growth and heavy congestion. Road expansion has been futile and the consideration of over-head roads and Colombo Metro Skytrain line are currently underway to ease the problem.
This is a very underrated bit of Colombo beach-front. While Mt Lavinia has been a beach destination for over a 100 years and the Beach Wadiya has been drawing Colombars down to Wellawatte's little cove for decades Dehiwala's own Golden mile (well 400 meters) has long been overlooked. By the standards of Colombo beaches though this is a fine sweep of sand. It's broad, golden and crucially fringed by a real density of palms which gives it the look of a postcard tropical (if you squint) beach. Looking north up the beach you also get one the best views of the city's skyline. It's far enough from the centre that you can see the city's entire clutch of high-rises and from Dehiwala at least, Colombo looks like quite the high-rise metropolis. Like all of the city's southern beaches you have to hop the railway tracks to reach the sand but watching the intermittent clatter of our rather quaint commuter trains ads to the charm. A string of great beach side shack-restaurants makes this a particularly salubrious spot to spend the day. We favour Lani's Sea Food Restaurant but there are other worthy options- including one of the city's few Maldivian restaurants and the Station further up the beach. This mushrooming of eating establishments seems to have helped with beach cleanliness. Lani's has done a great job cleaning the beach in front of their premise and after years of grubbiness Dehiwala's seafront now makes for a pleasant afternoon stroll. In the Decmeber/January season the sea is blue and perhaps even swimmable - though if you really want to swim Mt Lavinia a mile down the coast is preferable. Still you can wade and splash as the breeze moves the coconut trees and a cold beer or fresh-cut thambili is always available. This is a lovely slice of beach life, less crowded than Mt Lavinia, closer to Colombo and utterly laid back. So laid back most Colomobars haven't noticed it's existence though it's probably time they did.
(Following accommodation list is randomly generated)Hotels & Other Accommodation
Shangri- La Hotel Colombo
No-01, Centre Road, Galle Face, Colombo 02
Tel : 0117888288
Global Towers Hotel
No. 11, Station Avenue, Colombo 06.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : 0112591000
Ocean Edge Suites
24, 10th Lane, Marine Drive, Colombo3
Email : email@example.com
Tel : 0112589999
Berjaya Mount Royal Beach Hotel
No:36, Collage Avenue, Mount Lavinia
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : 0112739610
Cinnamon Red Colombo
No:59, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 03.
Email : email@example.com
Tel : 0112145145
Ramada - Colombo
No. 30, Sir Mohamed Macan Markar Mawatha, Colombo 03
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : 0112422001
Palm Beach Hotel
No. 52, De Seram Road, Mount Lavinia
Email : email@example.com
Tel : 0112712713
Renuka City Hotel
No. 326, Galle Road, Colombo 03.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : 0112573598
Grand Oriental Hotel
No. 2, York Street, Colombo 01.
Email : email@example.com
Tel : 0112320320
Pearl Grand Hotel
#09, Edward Lane, Colombo 03.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : 0112597444
Best Western Elyon Colombo
102a, Kirulapone Avenue, Baseline Road, Colombo 05.
Email : email@example.com
Tel : 0117527527
435, R. A De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 03
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : 0114961476
No: 61, Moors Road, Marine Drive, Wellawatte, Colombo 06
Email : email@example.com
Tel : 0112360660
No 48, Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 01
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : 0112421221
The Steuart By Citrus
No-45, Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo-01
Email : email@example.com
Tel : 0115575575
Ambalama Leisure Lounge
Ihala Hanwella, Hanwella
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : 0362253388
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