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Colombo Under Construction

Travelling to and from Colombo these days can be hell because of all the construction going on. We did a loop around Colombo, starting from Wellawatte up to Galle face (on Galle…

15 Book Nooks In Colombo

Colombo isn't a very bookworm friendly space, meaning you don't usually see a lot of people reading in public. But there are still a few places you might not have noticed that…

YAMU's Top 5 Biriyanis

For the updated list (2021), click here. One Indian import that Sri Lankans absolutely love is biryani. We have it at weddings, for religious festivals, and on a daily basis. It's become so…

Esala Perahara

Esala Perahara is Sri Lanka's biggest, most flamboyant parade. Every August, hundreds of dancers, acrobats, musicians and elephants take to the streets of Kandy, to commemorate the occasion when the Sacred Tooth Relic of…

Taste-Off: Our Top 5 Cupcakes

Cupcakes! Do they need an introduction? We suspect the cupcake movement in Colombo began about three years ago when it was just a few home-bakers, but it's pretty mainstream now and you…

Late Night Burgers - Our Top 4 (2014)

Most of Colombo goes to sleep early, unfortunately, so it's awesome when you're a night owl and you find there are still a handful of affordable places open after 10. Personally I…

The Sawan List (Top 5 Sawan Places for 2014)

Sawans are awesome. The origin of the tradition of the sawan is unknown; it's likely it goes back to some part of India. Sawans are large (often silver)…

The Colombo Cheese Kottu Round-Up 2014

Luke Spinner Tidball produced our Kottu Beats video and sounds. We think it's pretty cool.   Sri Lanka is known for its kottu - if you haven't had it, they say, you haven't…

Sigiriya: How To Get There

Sigiriya sits right in the middle of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle made up by Kandy, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. Technically, Sigiriya refers to the ancient city, but most people use it when speaking of the iconic rock fortress that dominates the historic capital at a height of 660 feet. The…

The Hottest Buttered Cuttlefish (YAMU's Top 5 for 2014)

Hot buttered cuttlefish is more than Colombo's most glorious seafood nibble. It's also a massive bone of contention for the good people of the city. Which god-sent establishment invented it?…

The YAMU Date Night Index

The YAMU Date Night Index tells you what hand to play when romance is on the cards. We started with your favourites, then added ours in by doing a bit of romancing in the name of science and came up with a pretty comprehensive index (we think). The Dater's Dozen Our top 12 include HVN (Casa Colombo) Nihonbashi Honten Sky Lounge Tintagel 7 Degrees Nihonbashi Yakitori Garden 41 Sugar Sugar Ministry of Crab Lagoon Chesa Swiss ON14 (OZO) All these places are good bets…

Two Wheels To Negombo

Travelling long distances on two wheels is no easy task. Driven by the impulsive adventurous spirit that makes us think we can do anything, we set off to Negombo down the Old Negombo Road, simply because…

Kandy: How To Get There (Bus, Train, Etc)

Updated: April 2014 Distance from Colombo: 115km This guide tells you how to get to (and from) the hill city of Kandy. Bus Train …

5 Independent Coffee Shops (Colombo) 2014

Colombo is getting coffee franchises but, thankfully, we're getting a lot of independent coffee shops as well. These are five independent coffee shops which we think are excellent and worth a…

7 Ocean Views In Colombo

View from Galle Face Colombo, despite having a generosity of coastline, doesn't actually have much of an oceanfront scene. There's no real seaside strip here, until you get to Mount Lavinia. Still,…

New Bus Fares (Effective November 1)

The National Transport Board (NTC) has announced an increase of 7% on bus fares effective November 1. SLTB fares will also be increased accordingly. Current Fare (Rs.) Increase (Rs.) New Fare (Rs.) 9 None 9 12 - 27 1 13 -…

නයි මිරිස් කියන්නේ සැර ම සැර මිරිස් වර්ගයක්. එයින් ලැබෙන රසය වේදනාවත්,…

කොළඹදී පීසා ඇණවුම් කිරීමේදී එතරම් පුළුල් පරාසයක තෝරාගැනීම් නැහැ. තෝරාගැනීම තිබෙන්නේ පීසා…

ප්‍රීතිමත් පැය (Happy Hour). මේ නමට හේතුවක් තිබෙනවා. ලෝකයේ වෙනත් රටවල…

The May Day Map: Colombo Rallies And Traffic

May Day Rallies - Blue is SLFP, red is JVP, green in Colombo is United something (minority parties), orange is NFF, green in Battaramulla is UNP, grey is Sarath Fonseka's…

කිතුල්ගල ලංකාවේ ත්‍රාසනක විනෝද ක්‍රීඩා සඳහා ප්‍රසිද්ධ ස්ථානයක් බවට පත්වෙමින් තිබෙනවා.…

A Bite-Sized Guide To Mannar

If you're venturing towards the northern tip of the island, here's a bite-sized guide to Mannar. Mannar is best known for Adam’s Bridge, the 30km landmass that separates the Gulf of Mannar from…

බුෆේ එකේ අමුතු අතුරුපසක්. Halcyon Hotel Days මැයෙන් අප විසින් ලියන…

බදුත් එක්කම රු. 15,000කට අඩු මුදලකට දැන් ඔබට සිංගප්පූරුව‍ට ගොස් ආපසු…