Pettah is not only great for bargain shopping, but also experiencing a whole other side to Colombo, aside from restaurants and cafes. Be warned, the place is incredibly crowded at all hours of the day, so be alert. The streets are lined with an assortment of merchandise, available for a fraction of the cost making it also heavily frequented by locals looking for better deals. You’ll come across street food here as well, along with historic buildings such as the stunning Red Mosque that towers over the area. Pettah is not for the faint-hearted, but it’s an undoubtedly worthwhile and enriching experience.

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