The story behind Mount Lavinia Hotel

Introduction

Those of you who’ve been to or heard of Mount Lavinia Hotel in Colombo would have surely never imagined that the hotel had a history of over 200 years! Located in the suburbs of Colombo, this colonial heritage hotel is known for its magnificent structure and ambience. Upon entering the hotel you feel an old world charm which takes you back to the greatness of old Ceylon. It reminds you of the romantic legacy of the British Governor who used the place as his residence. Today, transformed into a hotel with unmatchable service and skilled staff, it is a popular location for weddings.

There surely must be some connection with the history of Governor General’s romantic legacy and the hotel’s present popularity as a wedding spot; which brings us to the discussion of the story behind Mount Lavinia Hotel.

The Story

This much spoken about British Governor was Sir Thomas Maitland who was assigned to Sri Lanka (previously known as Ceylon), during the years 1805-1811. As a 46 year old Bachelor, Governor Maitland was also known as “King Tom” because his character – according to his biography – was “a great human force, controlled by an iron will”.

When Governor Maitland first came to Sri Lanka, there was a welcoming party held in his honor. At this party, he noticed a beautiful local gypsy dancer whose name was Lavinia (Lovinia) Aponsuwa. This pretty lady came from a mix of Portuguese and Sinhalese ancestry, and her father was the leader of the dance troupe.

Sir Thomas was awestruck with her charming smile and soon found himself falling in love with her. His obsession of Lavinia made him take every possible opportunity to get to see more of her. Lavinia regularly danced in her father’s troupe in front of the Governor and his guests. All of the parties that the Governor held involved masked balls, lovely evening gowns and top hats.

During his reign in Sri Lanka, Sir Thomas Maitland was determined on constructing a massive country residence for himself in Ceylon and for this; he chose a stunning beachfront property in ‘Galkissa’ (Mount Lavinia), 10 km south of Colombo. People who were around during that era believed that this location was picked because Sir Thomas saw Lavinia bathing in that part of the sea.

The love story between the Governor and Lavinia – the dancer – was a secret and none of the British officials in England or the Ceylon nationals knew about it. Lavinia’s house was very close to the governor’s new residence. So when the gala mansion was being constructed, Sir Thomas instructed the contractor to make a secret tunnel to her house. One end of the tunnel was in a wine cellar of the Governor’s house while the other end of the tunnel opened to a drinking water well in the compound of Lavinia’s residence.  Both lovers met in secret because it was rather untraditional for a bachelor British Official to be seen with a local dancing girl.

As time passed and the affair got stronger, notice of the love story came to the attention of colonial masters in Britain who would not accept any deviation from Crown and God. They sternly looked down on Governor Maitland and in 1811 the British Foreign Office sent a ‘routine transfer’ for the Governor to the Mediterranean Island of Malta. Sir Thomas Maitland served as a governor of Corfu during the British administration in Malta and he also died as a bachelor in the island.

By about 1920, the secret tunnel from Governor Maitland’s palace to Lavinia’s residence was sealed and the village surrounding the mansion became a well developed modern city. The city was named ‘Galkissa’, after the Sinhalese word “GalVissa” – meaning twenty boulders. Galkissa was then renamed to “Mount Lavinia” as a mark upon the beautiful dancing girl named Lavinia.

The massive country residence of the British Governor was then transformed into a hotel and named “Mount Lavinia Hotel”.

And that is the story of how this charming British Colonial heritage hotel built on a lovely beachfront became a legacy to the secret love story of dancing girl Lavinia and British Governor Sir Thomas Maitland.

During World War II, Mount Lavinia Hotel became a military hospital for the British Army. After the war ended in 1947, the hotel was re-established. If you have seen or heard of the film “The Bridge on the River Kwai”, you will notice some scenes filmed at Mount Lavinia Hotel.

The hotel… TODAY

The original colonial building was built in the 1800s and an additional Governor’s Wing was constructed in the 1930s. Today the hotel boasts of 210 rooms that offer a unique accommodation experience in absolute comfort and sophistication. These rooms have witnessed the secrets of love and adventure, hence still retaining the graceful elegance of a bygone era.

Currently, the old wine cellar is the main kitchen of the hotel. With the arrival of the railway line, the secret tunnel was cut into two sections. There is a blue plaque at the hotel in memory of Sir Thomas Maitland, Sir Robert Brownrigg, Sir Edward Paget and Sir Edward Barnes who were residents of the house during Governor Maitland’s reign.

The rooms are categorized as follows: Colonial rooms, ocean view rooms, direct ocean view rooms and suites.

The 34 semi-deluxe colonial rooms actually make you feel like a guest of the Governor General in his great mansion. With the traditional hospitality in those rooms, the hotel offers a blend of modern comfort and a relaxed lifestyle. 79 ocean view rooms at Mount Lavinia Hotel deliver sophistication and a soothing atmosphere with soft pastel shades. Each room has a private balcony overlooking the sea and the gardens of the hotel. The 97 direct ocean view rooms are set apart from the others with its stunning view of the Indian Ocean, the large private balconies and bathtubs in each bathroom. There are also 11 spacious suites of different kinds offering ultimate comfort and luxury to hotel guests.

In terms of food, the hotel has a bunch of restaurants and bars, some of which offer relaxing atmospheres with peaceful wind breezes and charming views overlooking the sea. The most popular ones are the Governor’s Restaurant, Seafood Cove and The Terrace.

Being a hotspot wedding location, the hotel offers a variety of wedding packages that include romantic decorations, photo studios, delicious food menus, lovely cake structures, complimentary massages for the newly married couple and much more. Special honeymoon packages are also available for couples who want to spend their first few days as husband and wife in an enchanting atmosphere overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean.

Visit Mount Lavinia Hotel – Colombo

  • Choose to stay here during your holiday in Sri Lanka
  • Plan your wedding at this romantic hotel
  • Arrange a romantic meal with your loved one
  • Enjoy an evening with friends and a delicious high tea menu while the sun sets
  • Schedule a business meeting/conference and explore the hotel while you’re there.

Cinnamon Lakeside

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Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo sits in the heart of Colombo, nestled between a lake and the bustling city, creating the perfect, urban getaway. Like a beacon for the weary traveler and a call to the busy bee, Cinnamon Lakeside is the perfect way to escape within the city and find the luxuries of resort life.

ACCOMMODATION IN THE HEART OF COLOMBO

Accommodation at Cinnamon Lakeside is akin to staying at a far-away paradise – moving your state of mind from a hotel in Colombo to a resort along our southern coastline. Our expansive Premium, Superior and Executive rooms and our tropically luxurious Presidential, Executive and Cilantro Suites all come with fresh foliage, bathtubs, lighting control systems, vibrant interiors and spectacular views of the city, lake and poolside.The combined ambiance is designed to create absolute bliss. We aim to provide a piece of paradise in each of our rooms and each moment our guests are with us. No matter what you seek, be it calm or crazy, our rooms deliver. Come to us at Cinnamon Lakeside and find your calm in the storm of the city.

Galadari Hotel – Colombo

16266087_1438861342813713_4751860965567092215_nThe finest five star hotel in Sri Lanka with the best of dinning, accommodation and entertainment facilities. This 450 roomed beauty is located facing the foaming ripples of the Indian Ocean and remains to be one of the best five star hotels in Sri Lanka. Step-in to be lost in unearthly c uisines, cozy hideouts, heavenly surrounding and the best of services, which other five star hotels in Sri Lanka could not offer. Galadari Hotel Sri Lanka; one of the finest five star hotels in Sri Lanka is not only the best place to relax, eat and indulge, but is also the finest place to celebrate. Come! Delight & breathe the air of luxury at the heart of Colombo.

Presidential Room

Secluded between the Presidential & the Diplomatic Suites on the 14th Floor,

  • Plasma TVlayer
  • Breakfast at the Executive Club Lounge
  • Daily newspaper
  • Free pressing of one suit/dress per night
  • shoe shine service
  • Area – 315 square feet

Royal Suite

Excelling in modern amenities and sophistication, our Royal Suite provides a fitting atmosphere for associating with business acquaintances, family and friends as well as relaxing during your holiday.

Features

  • express check-in
  • Plasma TV with DVD player
  • walk in shower cubicle with rain shower head
  • Breakfast at the Executive Club Lounge
  • Daily newspaper
  • Free pressing of one suit/dress per night
  • shoe shine service
  • Area – 650 square meters

Diplomatic Suite

When luxury and comfort are on your mind, the Diplomatic Suite gives you an opportunity to spoil yourself at sky level with a magnificent view of the Indian Ocean. It has separate living, dining, and working areas, as well as an additional guest room and visitor’s bathroom.

Features

  • express check-in
  • Butler service
  • Plasma TV with DVD player
  • Jacuzzi and separate walk in shower cubicle with rain shower head
  • Breakfast at the Executive Club Lounge
  • Daily newspaper
  • Free pressing of one suit/dress per night
  • shoe shine service
  • Area – 1,288 square feet

Presidential Suite

Our Presidential Suite is a ‘luxurious private residence’ that boasts an extra large parlor, designer master bedroom and a guest room. Furnishings that spell ‘royalty’ will make you feel as if you have stepped into a beautiful palace with modern amenities. Secluded on the 14th floor, with a stunning view of the Indian Ocean, the luxury & comfort offered here will give you the experience of being pampered like a president.

Features

  • Large Sitting room/dining room area
  • Conference room
  • Office room
  • Master bedroom with Jacuzzi for two
  • walk in shower with rain shower head
  • Plasma TV with DVD player
  • Steam room
  • Additional guest bedroom/bathroom
  • Area – 2,000 square feet

 

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Mövenpick Hotel Colombo

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With open spaces, modern designs and cool features, Movenpick Hotel Colombo is the first new five-star hotel to open in Colombo in 25 years, making it the perfect base from which to explore this capital city. Situated in the commercial and cultural heart of Sri Lanka’s capital city, this stunning 24-storey hotel brings a touch of altitude and attitude to Colombo’s hospitality scene.

Contemporary design, panoramic views and an uplifting atmosphere are just some of the highlights of the 219 spacious rooms and suites .Themed restaurants and a spectacular rooftop bar complement a beautiful spa, fitness Centre, Jacuzzi and infinity pool. The 5-star Movenpick Hotel Colombo is located  close to the Liberty Arcade, Colpetty market and National Museum.

Key Features

  • Colombo’s first five-star hotel in 25 years
  • Panoramic views from 219 well-appointed rooms
  • Rooftop bar and three themed restaurants
  • Spa Ceylon, beauty salon and fitness Centre
  • Two banqueting venues and six meeting rooms

Rooms

Unrivalled Sri Lankan hospitality makes for an unforgettable stay at Movenpick Hotel Colombo. Panoramic views of the vibrant city or Indian Ocean can be viewed through the floor to ceiling windows of our stylish and comfortable rooms and suites. The Executive Lounge is an added benefit for business travelers who can also use the separate welcome reception.

All residents benefit from access to our Infinity Pool and Jacuzzi located on the spectacular rooftop; a truly special place to watch the sunset. Once you have chosen one of our amazing rooms or suites, check out our exclusive range of special offers.

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Contemporary rooms
  • Panoramic views of the city and Indian Ocean
  • Rooftop infinity pool and gym
  • In-room LED TV

Restaurants

From the ground floor to the rooftop on the 24th level, Movenpick Hotel Colombo offers a vibrant range of restaurants and bars. Our all-day dining restaurant AYU is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Brasserie is a French-themed bistro, while Roberta Grill and Lounge is our Japanese restaurant and sushi bar. Cocktails, music and stunning views can be enjoyed on the rooftop at Vistas Bar. The hotel also has a lobby lounge, pool bar and members club.

  • International buffet
  • Classic French cuisine
  • Japanese food and sushi
  • Cocktails, sea views and music
  • Pool bar and lobby lounge

The Kingsbury Hotel

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The Kingsbury Colombo, located in the heart of Colombo city by the banks of the great Indian Ocean, is really an ode to the golden age of grace and elegance. The hotel is also business and leisure central with shopping, entertainment, dining, Colombo Stock Exchange, foreign & local banks, World Trade Center, historical sites as well as recreational parks being just across the road.

ACCOMMODATION

The Kingsbury aspires to exceed customer expectation in offering the very best in service, be it in the excellence of ingredients for cuisine, to the very best of individual comforts from the luxurious indulging of BVLGARI cosmetics to the richness of frette linen.

ROOMS

Guestrooms are decorated in soothing shades of beige with white marble bathrooms and furniture in relaxing ivory tones, embracing you with modern warmth and classic design elements.

DINING

Dining at The Kingsbury is an event to look forward to in itself. The hotel’s numerous restaurants, bars and lounges provide an intimate dining experience in a truly special atmosphere. The choice of exotic offerings from imaginative and thoughtful menus from around the globe is something we’re especially delighted to talk about and for you to discover.

Cinnamon Grand Colombo

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Located 45 Minutes from the Bandaranaike International Airport and five minutes from the city’s highlights, the Cinnamon Grand Colombo is a Five-star hotel that comes with the additional convenience of being located in the heart of Colombo

ROOMS AND SUITES

Be it business, pleasure or a mix of both, the Cinnamon Grand Colombo. stay is a great way to find relaxation, inspiration and spontaneity combined for the best Colombo experience. Our 501 eco-friendly rooms come with a unique urban atmosphere, combining the Presidential, Penthouse, Apartment, Executive, Premium and Courtyard Suites, together with Deluxe, Premium and Executive level rooms, each offering distinct experiences.

A GRAND DINING EXPERIENCE ACROSS 16 SPECIALTY RESTAURANTS

Why go through an extensive list of dining options in Colombo when you can walk into the Grand and have it all? We aren’t quite sure why they say you can’t have your cake and eat it, because it’s exactly what we want our diners to do. Our 16 specialty restaurants and lounges bring you cuisine from around the globe to wine you and dine you in true, Grand style. What’s more – every day of the week will find you engaging in specialty dinners, buffets and other offerings allowing you to pamper your taste buds to satisfy your inner foodie. Traditional Sri Lankan in a village setting, fine dining a grill, grub at an old English pub, traditional Chinese, South Indian delicacies, fusion cuisine, tea lounges and more give you an endless list to choose from at any given moment. Clink your glasses and bite into our scrumptious selection over here at Cinnamon Grand Colombo.

GRAND EXTRAS TO MAKE YOU FEEL EXTRA SPECIAL

Whatever brings you to the heart of Colombo – business or pleasure we’re on a mission to ensure that everything inspires you.

10 exciting day tour options in Sri Lanka

When planning your holiday in Sri Lanka, you could choose to hub in one or two popular cities such as Colombo in the Western Province and Kandy in the hill country. From here, you can explore the rest of the country by way of day tours. Also, if you are in Sri Lanka on a business visit or a family wedding maybe, and you have limited time in your hands, day tours are a great way to explore selected tourist destinations that you are interested in.

Wildlife

  • Yala Jeep Safari
  • Udawalawe Jeep Safari

Wildlife in Sri Lanka is one of the main tourist attractions. To visit popular National Parks and get a glimpse of the leopard population and other unique wild animals in South East Asia, you would have to begin your day tour at about 6.30a.m from Colombo. You would reach Yala or Udawalawe by about noon, leaving a good half day to spend in the jungle, enjoying your jeep safari. Departing at sunset would bring you back to Colombo late at night.

Greenery

  • Little England

Greenery is at its best in the hill countryside of Sri Lanka. For exploring the hill country, Kandy would be a good location to base yourself. The 2-3 hour drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya, also known as “Little England” will take you through exceptionally beautiful views of mountains, valleys, waterfalls and tea plantations.

Adventure

  • Kitulgala white water rafting

From Colombo, Kitulgala is about two and a half hours drive and is a good option for an adventure kind of day outing. Have a good breakfast and depart at about 8.00 a.m. Upon reaching Kitulgala, your tour agency will stop at a partnered rafting service provider who will brief you in on the Do’s and Don’ts. Your package includes the rafting experience, the equipment needed and also a delicious authentic Sri Lankan lunch meal at the end of your adventure. You can return to Colombo by about 8.00p.m latest.

History & Culture

  • Tour of Kandy
  • Sigiriya and Dambulla
  • Galle

An abundance of history and culture prevails in these cities. While Sigiriya and Dambulla are closer from Kandy, Galle is easier to access from Colombo.

A day tour of Kandy entails a visit to the popular Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic where you can learn about the traditions of Buddhism. In Sigiriya, there is the Lion’s Rock, a palace built at the top of a rock by an ancient Sri Lankan King. By climbing the carefully laid out stairway on the Sigiriya Rock, everyone can access the top and visit the fortress as well as indulge in the breathtaking view. Dambulla is very close to Sigiriya and here you have to visit the Cave Temples, the best preserved of its kind. Galle, located in the southern coast, boasts of beautiful beaches and a rich Dutch atmosphere. The Galle Fort is the main attraction here, along with the museum as well as other religious places of worship.

Beaches

  • Negombo
  • Hikkaduwa
  • Unawatuna

For day tours in Sri Lanka, the best and most accessible beaches are on the western and south western coastline. It is best to base yourself in Colombo to visit these beaches easily during day tours. Negombo is about a couple of hours up north along the western coastline from Colombo, while Hikkaduwa (one hour) and Unawatuna (two hours) are located south from Colombo along the coastline. These beaches boast golden sands, a challenging swim trying to beat the waves, and unmatchable views of the sunset. Water sports such as jet skiing, wind surfing, banana boat rides and so on are available at each of these beach destinations.

Budget beach accommodation options in Sri Lanka

Beach Hut, Arugam Bay

Here you will find just a simple collection of rooms that has been around for about 25 years now. The atmosphere is purely for casual surfers, which is ideal considering Arugam Bay is a paradise surfing spot and a must-visit destination for your beach holiday in Sri Lanka. The setting includes seven rustic tree houses on stilts that come with cool breezes and splendid views while the six ground level rooms have shared bathrooms. Ranga is the legendary owner of the place who cooks up some delicious seafood at the restaurant and hosts delicious barbecues on Friday nights. A casual outdoor lounge has tables and hammocks spaced out very close to the sea – the perfect hangout spot with a chilled drink in hand.

Meedum Villa, Unawatuna

While Unawatuna beach is lined up with a whole lot of hotels in different price/standard ranges, good value for money can be found at Meedum Villa, just a few minutes’ walk from the beach. They have spacious en-suite rooms with hot showers and large beds with mosquito nets. Janath the owner offers discounts for long stays and also gives you a good deal on the whale watching tour in nearby Mirissa. Open air common lounges on each floor are equipped with refrigerators and drinks where you can mingle with other backpackers.

Siesta, Tangalle

A friendly couple owns this tidy guesthouse and is a perfect choice for budget accommodation in Tangalle. The simple and neat rooms have large attached bathrooms, beds with mosquito nets and the location is just a 30 second walk to a nice peaceful beach spot in Tangalle. Thoughtful touches such as bright paintings for a cheerful atmosphere and drying racks to dry your wet beach attire adds to the homeliness of this place.

The Green Rooms, Weligama

Focusing on an environmentally friendly operation, the five spacious en-suite cabanas at The Green Rooms provide electricity from a renewable source. Open air showers and balconies with sea views are an added bonus in some of the cabanas. The guesthouse makes sure they do not have a negative impact on the nearby fishing village whatsoever. They offer attractive one week packages with breakfast, lunch, surfing lessons and yoga sessions.

Aqua Hotel, Trincomalee

The astonishing beach of Uppuveli (slightly off the coast of Trincomalee) is the exact location of Aqua Hotel. They have the option of fan only rooms that are not so comfortable but the air conditioned ones are worth the extra price. The elevated restaurant, designed for its unbeatable views, is a cozy hang out joint with comfortable sofas and tables. During high season Aqua Hotel is a party zone while in the quieter months it’s more of a relaxing spot. The hotel also has motorbikes and helmets for rent if you want to explore the nearby cities and beaches.

Udekki, Kalpitiya

Kalpitiya is gradually gaining popularity as a must-visit destination for surfers and other water sports lovers. Owned by an Australian musician, Udekki has 3 villas consisting of suites and loft rooms that have calming white walls, are well spaced out and enhanced with creative rugs, lamps and paintings. Udekki also has an interesting H-shaped swimming pool with a hot tub and relaxing loungers in the surrounding area. Adding to all the plus points, the restaurant makes all its ingredients fresh and also takes requests for customized dishes.

Paradise Beach Hotel, Negombo

This is more of a traditional hotel than a guest house. While the prices are reasonable, you can expect services such as waiters handing you a cocktail while you splash in the massive swimming pool. The hotel is old, yet well maintained, has 66 brightly decorated simple rooms, each equipped with television, air conditions and balconies. The hotel is popular for its location as it is just a walking distance from reputed bars and restaurants in Negombo, a 15 minute drive from the airport, and just a few meters from the sea. Paradise Beach Hotel is an ideal option for travelers in transit looking for close by accommodation for a day or two.

Kids leisure spots in Sri Lanka

During your holiday in Sri Lanka, you are either visiting historic, cultural, wildlife, or natural tourist attractions most of the time. At one point, children may get bored of doing those adult activities with you as they may not find the attractions as fascinating as you would. They need entertainment suitable for their age. So if you have children under 10 years of age travelling with you, here are some places that you can take them for an hour or two of entertainment.

Nuwara Eliya

Lake Gregory

This man-made lake built by a British Governor serves as a center of outdoor recreation in Nuwara Eliya. You can take your children on boat rides or introduce them to water sports such as jet skiing and windsurfing. Horse rides are also a fun activity for kids at Lake Gregory.

Victoria Park

Named after Queen Victoria, this park was inaugurated in the late 19th century. In addition to the rare species of birds and plants in this park, there is also a separate children’s playground with a mini train ride that gives your kids an interesting ride around the park.

Hakgala Botanical Gardens

Plan a full day picnic at Hakgala Botanical Gardens with your family and your kids will surely love the fresh air and open space to play catch me if you can. Don’t forget to carry a bat, ball, hats, sunglasses and plenty of food and water.

Strawberry Farms

If your children are strawberry lovers, take them to the enchanting strawberry fields during season time and watch how thrilled they will be to pick their own strawberries!

Kandy

The Playground

This is a well maintained playground located at the southwest corner of the Kandy Lake. The equipment available is suitable for kids of different ages and is a popular one amongst locals.

E.L. Senanayake Children’s Park

Similar to The Playground, this one is also a kiddie’s park and is significant because it is the oldest of its kind in Kandy. This urban children’s park is an ideal outdoor entertainment option for your kids during your stay in Kandy.

Kandyan Dance shows

The kids are sure to enjoy this one as they get to see performers dancing with fire, walking on fire and even eating fire! In addition to that there will be plenty of costume changes throughout the show along with some interesting music dominated by the drummers.

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

These massive gardens have a wide range of plants and flowers, as well as plenty of space for kids to run around, cycle, play ball and picnic all day long.

Colombo

In Colombo, there are several outdoor children’s playgrounds in places like Vihara Maha Devi Park (Townhall), Diyatha Uyana (Battaramulla), Nawala, Havelock Road (Colombo 05), Zoo Road (Dehiwala), and many more!

Apart from these, Colombo also has a few indoor play areas such as Majestic City (Colombo 04) Fun Factory (Nawala and Mount Lavinia), Super Kids (Colombo 05), Tiny Tots (Nawala), and a few more which are perfect options to entertain your kids on rainy days!

Theme Parks

A few theme parks are also scattered around Sri Lanka:

  • Leisure World – Avissawella
  • Guruge Nature Park – Ja Ela
  • Saniro Dream Paradise – Veyangoda
  • Excel World – Colombo 01

Celebrate Halloween in Sri Lanka

As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, Halloween parties are the perfect cure to get through post Summer blues. Planning to visit Sri Lanka during Halloween? Although it is nowhere close to a Sri Lankan festival, you can be rest assured that plenty of events will be lined up for you to celebrate Halloween in style.

There are several Halloween themed nights out mostly in Colombo and Kandy, as these are the most populated cities in all of Sri Lanka. These entertaining parties include traditional apple bobbing Halloween games as well as fancy dress dance parties. And don’t be surprised if you see Halloween flavored items on menus at Sri Lankan restaurants!

Sri Lankans don’t really dress up and act outrageous for any local festival, but Halloween gives us all a perfect excuse to wear a costume and act crazy for a night. You are now probably wondering that if we are not the kind to costume-up regularly, where will you get yourself a costume for Halloween?

Don’t get left behind on the trick and treat season simply because you don’t know where to get a costume from! Just like the various religions and cultures catered to in the country, Colombo also has stores that caters to Halloween lovers! Get yourself a freaky, scary or a simply interesting disguise this season.

Malee Book Centre: Masks Specials

While some Halloween lovers want to create their own face mask, some are just too lazy to do so. If you are one of the latter, just drop in to Malee Book Centre at the Kollupitiya junction and look around their wide range of masks. From Mardi Gras Masquerade masks to scary masks, they have it all at extremely affordable prices (LKR 150-500). Pick something suitable to your costume and you are one step further in completing your Halloween costume!

Address: No. 3, Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 03
Tel: 0777 394 444

Nail Anatomy: Nail Art

Nails are probably not something that may strike you at once when thinking of a Halloween costume. But if you are one who is fond of doing up your nails to suit the theme, make an appointment at Nail Anatomy – they’ve got some amazingly gruesome Halloween themed nail art to complement the rest of your look.

Address: 4 Reid Avenue, Colombo 7 (inside Lakpahana)
Tel: 0112 688 358

Angels & Brats: Kids Costumes

This store caters mostly to kiddies costumes and has less of the scary witch type ones and more of the superhero type costumes. So if you are looking to dress up your kid for a kiddies Halloween party, Angels & Brats is usually a popular stop.

Address: No.27, Havelock Road, Colombo 5
Tel: 011 258 1428

Midnight Divas: Props

Fake teeth, candy bags in the shape of eyeballs, Halloween themed bags, fake witch noses, devil horns, bunny eats, lights and brooches – any of these can be found at Midnight Divas for LKR 1000 or less. In addition to props, they also have all sorts of hats including themes such as Red Indian, Peter Pan, Cowboy, witch hat or even a fish hat!

Midnight Divas is a lingerie store and they also have a collection of kinky costume such as slutty nurses and so on which would work well for adults on Halloween.

Address: 39, Alfred Place, Colombo 03
Tel: 072 700 3003

The Party Station: Complete Package

If you are making a real commitment to your disguise this Halloween season, The Party Station has a complete wardrobe of costumes as well as props. Although a bit pricey, they also have famous wigs of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley! You could maybe get the wig of Marilyn Monroe and pair it with a white dress and red lipstick and voila! Complete grand costumes such as a King’s robe, Harry Potter’s glasses, Ironman and Batman masks are also available here. Cool props like a handlebar moustache or werewolf hands or fake blood is also available to make your Halloween decorations seem even more real!

Keep in mind this store offers discounts during the Halloween season and it’s the ideal place to invest heavily in a costume that you would like to disguise yourself in year after year on Halloween!

Address: No. 282, Liberty Arcade, R.A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 03
Tel: 0117 537 770

JoJo’s: Complete Package

JoJo’s offers a complete package for all your costume solutions. Whether it is a Shakespearean costume, Muppet costume or contemporary one, she has it all. Most of her costumes are used in stage shows and she also caters to stitching customized ones as per your requirement. Oh and another great thing about JoJo’s is you can rent costumes from here for reasonable rates if you don’t want to purchase one.

Address: No. 9/1, TG Jayawardena Mawatha, off Greenpath, Colombo 03
Tel: 0777 772 726