It was the legislative capital of Sri Lanka until 1982.Due to its large harbour and its strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, Colombo was known to ancient traders 2,000 years ago.Clockwise from top left: BOC Tower, Colombo Skyline, Colombo Skyline (Gangaramaya Temple), Colombo Skyline (Galle Face), Old Parliament, Colombo Skyline (Gangaramaya Temple), BOC Tower and WTC Twin Tower, Independence Square, WTC Twin Tower in the city proper.It is the financial centre of the island and a popular tourist destination.Sri Lanka might have emerged as the “hot” holiday destination of 2016, filling the Instagram feeds of a studiously beach-boho set drawn to its reliable surf and covetable new crop of chic boutique hotels, but the real highlight for me was somewhat scruffier, and far further inland.Taking the (very) slow scenic train from the tea hills of Talawakelle to the mountain town of Haputale, I was not alone in hanging gleefully out of the windows, looking down at terrifying drops into fairytale forests and out across the hills towards the sea.My rest stop here, Kandy House, offered a home away from home in an oasis of calm – well, if your home happens to be a 200-year-old manor house built for aristocracy.
) The fascinating activity of Caving is relatively new to Sri Lanka, but with an impressive range of caves located throughout the country it's an unusual experience not to be missed!Batatotalena Cave is situated at Sudagala, about 5 km away from Kuruwita (85km from Colombo on the Colombo – Badulla road). In order to reach it, one has to walk about 400m from Sudagala to the base and then climb a further 50m to enter.It measures about 50ft in height, 60ft in width and 80ft in length.Currently, you are looking at our chatters from Colombo.You can browse Chat Hour members in other locations by clicking here.There’s a long tick-list of tea towns, Buddhist temples and national parks to pack into an itinerary, but perhaps it’s for that reason I relished these more simple moments, enjoying the ramshackle charm deep within a country that’s being smoothed out at its increasingly touristy edges.My first port of call after landing in the chaotic capital, Colombo, was Sri Lanka’s second city, Kandy.Welcome to Chat Colombo, the list of Chat Hour members in Colombo.Chatters listed below are Chat Hour members who live in Colombo. Unlike many online chat rooms, chatting on Chat Hour is fun and completely free of charge.Eco Team provides local experienced guides and all the necessary gear for caving (such as raincoat, head torches, helmets, ropes etc.) making the activity accessible to amateurs and experts alike.Situated about 4km from Udagama (25km from Belihuloya towards Colombo on the Balangoda – Colombo road), the entrance to the Andirilena Caves is only about 4ft high, but once inside, it is huge. The main cave divides into two, giving rise to several smaller caves on the way and joining together after about 500 metres.