The town of Mount Lavinia is situated 30 minutes from the Colombo city limits.
The town is largely a middle class and mostly residential suburb that had until now escaped most of the damaging industrialization of neighboring cities and urban centre’s.
Famed for its “Golden Mile” of beaches, it has often been a hot spot for tourism and laid back nightlife. It is one of the most liberal regions in Sri Lanka and plays host to the island’s annual gay pride, including the famed Rainbow Kite Festival.
The famous landmark is the Mount Lavinia Hotel. The Hotel was originally the weekend abode for the former governor of Sri Lanka, the late Sir Thomas Maitland during Colonial times. It is today considered the most romantic and serene relaxation hotel in Sri Lanka.
The hotel overlooks the bay of Mount Lavinia and offers a breath-taking view of the Colombo skyline by night. The Mt. Lavinia beach is probably the most famous beach in Colombo and is a popular place for the Colombo city dwellers to relax and enjoy their evenings and weekends.
A quiet sandy beach (arguably the best and most popular) only 13km (8 miles) from the heart of the city. On the beach there are little bathing huts which can be hired for the day. Focal point of Mount Lavinia is the Mount Lavinia Hotel.