The Wattala Rundown
Positioned between the booming economic mecca of Colombo and Negombo, Wattalais a small town located in western Sri Lanka. Over the years, Wattala has become a great vacation base, since it’s located close to busier towns and villages, yet is secluded and offers quietness and relaxation, as well as a mix of cultures and religions. The town is easy to get to since it is situated close to the international airport. Once visitors have settled in and are ready to explore the area, they will discover quite a long list of things to do and see. Travellers should take note that most day trips and tours to surrounding sites and temples can usually be arranged through their hotel accommodations in Wattala. ... Read more »
Visitors can use Wattala as a base to explore nearby Colombo, which is just on the other side of the Kelani River. In Colombo, you should make sure to visit the Galle Face Green, a large ocean-side promenade dotted with palm trees. You can also take in culture and history at the Sri Lanka National Museum, as well as watch performing arts at the Lionel Wendt Theatre. Of course, shopping must be included whilst visiting this lovely beach town, and you should leave some time to explore the many shops in the Pettah Market, which is marked by the Khan Clock Tower.
When To Go
This tropical climate of Wattala has distinct wet and dry seasons, marked by two monsoon seasons called ‘Yala’ and ‘Maha’. The Yala appears in the south from May through August, and the Maha takes place from October to January in the north. The dry season in the north runs from December to March, and in the south from September to May. There are also inter-monsoonal episodes during October and November. For Wattala, the average daily highs and lows are generally are about the same all year round.
- October through January: Daily high 29°C (85°F) and low 26°C (77°F)
- February through April: Daily high 30°C (86°F) and low 23°C (74°F)
- May through September: Daily high 31°C (87°F) and low 27°C (80°F)
The Bandaranaike International Airport is in Katunayake and is in close proximity to Wattala. The journey from the airport to the town will take an hour by taxi. There are many airlines that fly into the airport from places like the United States, Europe, China and many more.
By train, the railway operates from the Bandaranaike International Airport and runs to areas like Colombo. Tickets are relatively low per person, costing about $5 USD.
By water, ferries and cruises are available to reach Wattala. Most ferries run at least twice a week, but travellers should always check ferry schedules. As for cruise liners, they travel along the west coast of India and make stops in Sri Lanka as well as neighbouring islands.
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