If you fancy some beach time, this is the daytrip for you. The coastal town of Mount Lavinia is just a 30-minute drive south of Colombo, but it’s a world apart. Perched on top of a cliff with panoramic views over the Indian Ocean, this place is a haven for beach-lovers. A patch of golden sand stretches below, where you can unroll your towel and curl up with a book, or go for a dip in the tropical waters. Lunch is served at the 200-year-old Mount Lavinia Hotel. Once the home of the Governor, this grand hideaway oozes old-world charm. It also has direct access to the beach, so you can head straight back down after your meal.
- SUITABILITY Little physical activity.