A Day Out in Colombo (Part 1): Art Gallery and Sri Lanka Tea Board

A fortnight ago I had a day out in the city of Colombo, where I currently live. A bit of introduction for those of you who have never heard of this place: Colombo is the capital city of a tiny island in the Indian Ocean, south of India, called Sri Lanka. It’s renowned for its aromatic spices, tea and precious gems. It has a tropical climate surrounded by beautiful beaches.

Now that you’ve come to know a bit about it, let’s head on to my trip!

(This is going to be a picture-heavy post, hope you’ll like it! I’ve also divided it into two parts as it felt too long.)

Plate Limited

Plate Limited Colombo Entrance

Plate Limited Colombo

Plate Limited Colombo Reception
When we entered the place we were hit by a strong musty and damp smell. Could be a mixture of the paint oils, wood and incense. They didn’t have the air-conditioners on, only the fans.
Plate Limited Colombo Ground Floor
You can see the mezzanine floor, which houses artist supplies, after going through the entrance. Supplies were expensive as compared to getting them in China. Well, duh, what did you expect, Arden?

Plate Limited Colombo Mezzanine

Plate Limited Colombo Ground Floor
We didn’t visit the gallery, which I later regretted a bit.
Plate Limited Colombo Ground Floor
There was a placard stating that photographs were not allowed but I just couldn’t resist snapping a few shots! I love the wooden interior, it has a very traditional vibe.

Sri Lanka Tea Board

Sri Lanka Tea Board
Could that be a traditional tea brewer or some such contraption standing sentinel on both sides of the tea shelf?
Sri Lanka Tea Board Tea
Lots of varieties of tea in a range of packaging styles.
Sri Lanka Tea Board: Mlesna tiny tea packs
Cute miniature tea packs.
Sri Lanka Tea Board: Tea Books
Guysss, look what I discovered! Tea packaged as BOOKS!!! I wanted to buy them all!
Sri Lanka Tea Board: Tea Books
They even had it marked as volumes! Vol I to Vol. IV.

Sri Lanka Tea Board: Tea Books

Sri Lanka Tea Board: Tea Books

After visiting the Sri Lankan Tea Board we checked out The Body Shop(Galle Road branch). Average price found there was LKR 2500(US$15) and I was pleasantly surprised to find that they had a few vegan and vegetarian options! Wish they were alcohol-free though, like Spa Ceylon, as I’m a Muslim.

We then walked half a block to the bookshop and later the vegetable market, which you can check out in Part 2.

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