Any coworking spaces in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Hi there!

I’m staying in Weligama on the coast for a month in a rented house, but I need to spend one day in Colombo because my flight is at night. So, do you know any good place to hang out and work? Maybe a nice coffee shop or a coworking place? I also have my family with me, so if they have some cool attraction nearby (say, park or playground) to spend time at that would add points.

I was only passing through Colombo on my way to the South and it looked to me like a hectic place, so if anyone has firsthand experience that would be awesome.

Kind regards,
Borys

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Hi Sorry, I have no tips for you about Colombo. I think there are not many DMs yet in Sri Lanka.

I’m considering going there as well. So I wonder if you can recommend the place you have stayed at the cost for Digital Nomads? How is infrastructure, supermarkets, restaurants?

Thanks
Philippe

So : ) I stayed in Pelana a bit out of Weligama the town right on the beach. Cities in Sri Lanka are usually noisy, crowded, full of markets and folks selling various stuff on every step (except some tourist only areas in Colombo, Galle fort etc.) So I wouldn’t recommend staying in town, and also close to main roads / railways – it’s a pain. There’s traffic all the time during the day.

I do not recommend booking through the internet as prices are 5 - 10 times higher than if you hit the road and haggle with the hosts. I got my place for like 100 000 LKR for the month which I consider super expensive for Sri Lanka. But location was good for me, it was right on the beach and the host was a very nice guy : ) But I’ve seen decent options for about 2000 LKR for night (for a monthly rent).

Restaurants were good at nearby resorts, also in Weligama there were couple of European options. I mean like in every place where there are some tourists you can find a nice restaurant / bar. They are not expensive, even the most high end rarely charge more than 10$ pp. If you go to where locals go you can get stuffed for like 3$. Given you can eat very spicy rice and curry :slight_smile:

There was a market in Weligama and a supermarket. Folks at the market name different prices for locals and tourists (there were no prices listed :)), so it was often cheaper to buy stuff at the supermarket (Cargills Food City). We travelled a lot by buses: very cheap, run often during the day. But you will be offered a tuk tuk on every corner :slight_smile:

Internet: I experienced good 3g coverage on dialog throughout the country, upload speeds were bad though at Weligama (< 1 Mbps up, 3 Mbps down). It’s better in the cities. If you rent a place verify that they have WiFi they claim they do :slight_smile: Dialog has very limited 4g offering on band 3 now in major cities (make sure you get 4g capable sim card), but it also has a fixed LTE network available for locals, so it would be good option to rent a place that has the router for it).

Now, the bad part were power outages. They were not super frequent, maybe 3 a week for 1 - 2 hours and cell towers were working, so it was not as bad as it might have been.

Hope that clarifies stuff a bit, let me know if any questions.

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Many thanks for the valuable insights!

no problem, have fun : )