Tucked away in the heart of Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, Colombo you will come across a charming little lake where life goes along at quite a different pace. All around you will find a city constantly on the move be it the rush of traffic or the sight of an up and coming luxury apartment Colombo has to offer in the vicinity such as Capitol TwinPeaks. But this locale has its own charms where you can take time to just unwind and watch the world go by. Known as Beira Lake, it is one of the places of interest in the city that may not be on every traveller’s guide to Colombo, but is definitely worth visiting.
Bordered by towering trees that offer shade, the lake is ideal for a quiet stroll, be it with the family, with your soul mate or even on your lonesome enjoying moments of reflection. Of course, do be a bit wary on your walks; the trees are also favourite resting places for crows that have left their “marks” on the sidewalks! The walkways immediately bordering Beira Lake is a good option for walking, while you even get spots to just sit and chill out by the water.
For more quietude and maybe even a bit of mediation you can walk over to what is known as the Seema Malaka; this Buddhist temple built over the waters of the lake has a unique architecture and features many statues depicting Lord Buddha.
There is also a small island on the lake which can be reached by way of a long bridge; the island isn’t large and while it is popular amongst couples, you can nevertheless have a look around and maybe enjoy sitting under the shade. If you want some recreation you can always choose to try one of the swan shaped pedal-boats. They provide a fun way to spend time on the water and burn a few calories too!
Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.