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Why Beira Lake is special ?
The Beira Lake remains one of the most unique landmarks of Colombo and a historic relic from its colonial past. Over the centuries, Sri Lanka's colonial masters used the lake to defend their territory and transport goods, including the much-admired cinnamon.
Even concerts and theatrical events have been staged on its shores. According to historians, the Beira Lake probably took its name from De Beer, who is believed to have been an engineer in charge of the Dutch water defences. Some people say it was a Portuguese engineer by the name of Beira who first discovered it nearly 480 years ago.
What to explore at Beira Lake?
Beira Lake is a nice place to chill out on a cool day - it's a hot spot for couples but there's a great view for anyone to enjoy here especially at night when it's lit up.
You can stroll down the quiet walkways under the shade of trees, paddle out on the lake on a swan-boat, visit the water-temple on the lake, cross the bridge to lovers' island, or have some juice or tea nearby.
How to get to Beira Lake?
An extensive network of services to most parts of the Island is afforded with reasonable quality by the Sri Lanka Central Transport Board (tel: (11) 258 1120; website: www.transport.gov.lk). Private bus drivers are paid according to the number of passengers and can often drive rather dangerously.
Long distance services are operated from Colombo at the Pettah Central Bus Depot. There are two services, one operated by the Sri Lanka Transport Board and the other operated by private bus companies. The private bus station is located close to the Central Depot. Most of the buses have air-conditioning. Buses to the coastal towns depart every ½ an hour while Kandy is every 15 minutes.
- Beautiful Lanterns Lights
- Good place to visit in the evening
- Good for a walk
- Excellent location for photography
- A Great Clean Up
Colombo 02, Colombo 10200, Sri Lanka
Tips for you
The lake came alive for few days during Vesak Day festival. It was beautiful to see the reflection of lights and colors on the lake. In fact the whole Colombo city came alive with lights, pandols, and lanterns display during this time. Definitely worth checking out Colombo during Vesak festival.
A fun activity with friends and a welcome retreat from the closed spaces of Colombo. Glad that our couples have a place to go now.