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Advisory: Although homosexual activity between consenting adult males remains technically illegal in Sri Lanka (vestiges of antiquated 1883 colonial anti-sodomy laws), gays are more visible than ever in culture, politics and local sidewalk cafés. With India now re-assessing the anti-gay strictures of their former colonial masters, signs are hopeful that peaceful Sri Lanka will follow. Lesbianism was not mentioned in law until 1995 when a bunch of men in government criminalized sex between women as "sadism." Local activists are working to decriminalize private homosexual activities enjoyed by more than one million Utopians in Sri Lanka.

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  • Companions on a Journey
      46/50 Robert E Gunawardena Mawatha, Colombo 6
      +94 11-485-1535, email

      An exclusively LGBT organization founded in 1995 and focusing their work in three main areas: advocacy for protection of rights of LGBT people and decriminalisation of consenting adult homosexuality; networking; and providing peer based outreach services. They operate two drop-in centers in Colombo and Kandy. In addition, they conduct film screenings, host reading room facilities and social get-togethers. They also provide peer counseling, STI/HIV testing and treatment and provide free condoms and information on STIs/HIV through peer outreach workers.
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      +94 11-567-9766, 251-2977, email

      Focusing on the human rights of Sri Lanka's LGBTIQ communities. They fight for the equitable status of all sexual orientations and gender identities and to eliminate the physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological abuse stemming from strict interpretations of gender and sexuality. They also offer a phone counseling service as well, on either phone line, and regularly hold activities for LB women and travelers are welcome to call about activities for the LGBTIQ community and LB women. They host an annual event called Women On Top to celebrate International Women's Day. They hosted and facilitated the first South Asian LB women's Conference in Sri Lanka. They also have women-only extracurricular activities such as open house, dancing, etc. EQUAL GROUND is the convening organisation PRIDE in Sri Lanka and is generally in June each year with dates posted on their website a few months in advance.
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  • Women's Support Group
      +94-11-505-6122, email

      The Women's Support Group has worked since 1999 for the rights of lesbians, bisexual women and transgendered persons. WSG also organizes workshops on gender and sexuality, film shows for WSG members, and counselling help for LBT women in distress. They recently produced their first stage play titled Sathya: Shades of Grey. Lesbians traveling to Colombo should contact WSG as they may know of activities planned for women.
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Travel Services

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    Foozoo Travels UTOPIA VERIFIED MAR 2018
      +94 71-717-4444, +94 77-652-9496, email

      Travel service owned by two well-traveled gay locals who know Sri Lanka best. Every package is not only optimized for the experience, but also for the quality conscious international gay traveler. They will organize custom holidays, wedding plans and honeymoon packages. They also have the services of a lesbian travel consultant for one-on-one planning for visiting women. See their website for all the excitement, prices and more.
      Utopia Member Benefit: 10% DISCOUNT. Each additional friend added to member's itinerary increases that discount a further 5% DISCOUNT (maximum discount of 25%).
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      Comments from Utopians:

      "Traveling as a mature gay couple, we could not have done better than choose Foozoo Travels. They made our 12-day trip feel like a relaxing three weeks. Nothing was too much trouble and with a guide AND a driver, everything was tailored to our needs and tastes. This ranks as one of the best holidays we have ever had. We can't wait to come back!" -- Mark W., Feb 22, 2016

      "I had a very quick 3-day trip to Sri Lanka with only enough time to see a few key sights. I was referred to Foozoo Travels by a friend, and after describing what I wanted to try and see and do, they had it all planned within hours, and emailed me an extremely professional custom travel plan with all details and prices. I was super impressed! My driver was Nim, who spoke perfect Australian-English, and we drove down to Galle and the Southern Beaches, stayed a night at Cinnamon Bay, and then back to Colombo to stay a night at their sprawling mansion homestay, FOOZOO, that was so welcoming and had a great feel." -- Chris C., Dec 18, 2017

      "First, I must rave about Ramesh. What a great man...he was respectful, honest, funny, kind and knew the island like the back of his hand. I got the royal treatment where ever we went. All the details were perfect and, and on a couple of occasions he changed plans to better suit me. His sixth sense was great as a guide. And, the addition of the Perahera in Kandy was magical. He made my journey wonderful, smooth and pleasant. From the architectural ruins in the central part of the country to the forests and jungles, and the beaches, I enjoyed the variety of places as well as the information that I received regarding them. I am amazed at the vast array of geographic topography in Sri Lanka as well as the beauty each one possesses. The arrangements made for transport, hotel and food were spot-on. The hotels were extremely comfortable and suited my needs perfectly. Thank you FooZoo Travels for the amazing experience I had in Sri Lanka. It was truly a lifelong dream come true." -- Eric J., Aug 17, 2017


      Comments from Utopians:

      "Steven was a great guide. He filled our day in Negombo really easily. He covered lots of ground. I'd be really happy to do all the trip with his company." -- Mark, Feb 25, 2018

      "What an amazing experience. From the exquisitely detailed planning on Steven's part, to Yohan's lovely company and outstanding driving, I could not be happier. Kulansa is a gem. I did a 9-day trip. I wish it had been longer. Sri Lanka is such a warm, welcoming and beautiful country." -- Jonathan P., Jul 10, 2017

  • Mai Globe Travels UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUN 2014
      65 International Buddhist Center Rd
      +94 77-254-5623, email

      Gay and lesbian-friendly travel services with international staff. They offer customized tours from adventure to culture, with extensive knowledge of the country. They are passionate about trekking, horse riding, and love to find new places to introduce. Large list of boutique hotels to offer and we plenty of activities to provide the best experience of Sri Lanka. They can speak English, French, German, and Japanese.
      Utopia Member Benefit: FREE DINNER on the beach for Utopia Members who book their services and show their member card on arrival.
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  • The Ocean Pearl UTOPIA VERIFIED APR 2014
      North Pallansena
      +94 77-338-3141, email.

      Private transportation with a comfortable and spacious aircon car. Your safety and comfort is important to their driver. He will show you Sri Lanka through the eyes of the locals. He is fluent in english. Like most Sri Lankan people, his extroverted and caring personality will make you feel like you are hanging out with a friend. Bidget prices on tours and one day excursions, and airport transfers. Private car by day or hour.
      Utopia Member Benefit: 10% DISCOUNT.
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  • Rainbow Happy Tours UTOPIA VERIFIED JUL 2015

  • Range Travels UTOPIA VERIFIED DEC 2014
      +94 77-338-3141, +94 71-147-9436, email.

      Gay and lesbian-friendly, custom made travel plans to suit your requirements and budget. Services include hotel-airport transfers, hotel bookings, transportation and arranging holiday activities that suit your preferences. Fully aircon comfortable cars for your travel purposes. Drivers are friendly, experienced and fluent in English. They will help you make the best of your stay and make your trip a truly memorable experience.
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  • Sanda Lotus Tours UTOPIA VERIFIED OCT 2016
      Hôtel Junction, Sigiriya
      +94 66-205-6467, email

      Based in the heart of the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka in Sigiriya city. Solo travelers, couples, friends and family are welcome to tap their expertise for unique and tailor-made holidays. Their drivers and multilingual guides (English, French, Italian and Russian) will accompany you in aircon comfort. Whether your interests are cultural, seaside leisure, hiking in the highlands, diving and water sports on pristine beaches or the fabulous temples in Kandy, Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, or Polonnaruwa - they will organize your custom holiday to suit you. From tea plantations to wildlife safaris, from archaeological discoveries to traditional medicine and meditation, contact these experienced professionals for your next holiday.
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  • Sri Lanka Personal Tour UTOPIAN VERIFIED APR 2016

      Comments from Utopians:

      "Wonderful places, wonderful driver providing good ideas and perfect! You brought happiness whichever interesting place you took us to. Many thanks, Manazir, for your all dedicated attention." -- Pierre B., Jan 7, 2018

  • Sri Lanka Trekking Nature Holidays

      A small, gay and lesbian-friendly, family-managed tour organization run by an experienced trekking guide and holiday organizer. See real Sri Lanka. Experience panoramic mountain views, natural rain forests, grasslands, tea plantations, paddy fields, scrub jungles, village life, flora and fauna - all in a one day walk. Get to know locals and to take in all that Mother Nature has to offer. The trekking grade is gentle/moderate. They organize the ground arrangements. They try to steer away from the places visited by everyday tourists.
      Utopia Member Benefit: 10% DISCOUNT.
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  • SriLanka Tours UTOPIAN VERIFIED OCT 2017

  • Vacation Srilanka UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUN 2016
      36 Pavillion Bld
      +94 72-241-9520, email. Gay and lesbian-friendly quality tours at reasonable prices. The company is managed by three gay friends. They make every effort to see that you are comfortable, relaxed and at home in their beautiful country. Experience their warm and friendly service for an unforgettable holiday.
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      Located on the coast, about halfway between Colombo and the spectacular heritage city of Galle, are two of the island's do-not-miss wonders: the garden estates of two of Sri Lanka's most famous gay luminaries, the Bawa brothers. Geoffrey Bawa is perhaps the nation's most famous modern architect, whose many projects combine both Ceylonese and colonial traditions with an environment-sensitive modernist flare (his former Colombo offices are open to the public in their current incarnation as The Gallery Café, see under Shops in Colombo).

      Brief UTOPIA VERIFIED JUL 2012
        +94 34-428-7056

        While overshadowed by his brother Geoffrey's grand estate, Lunuganga, Bevis Bawa's private pleasure gardens, dubbed Brief, are less sterile, more sensual, and filled with wonder and gay in-jokes at nearly every turn. These gardens are the inspiration and model for the tropical landscaping craze visible everywhere now around Southeast Asia. Assisted by his live-in guest, gay Australian artist Donald Friend, Bevis filled his Eden with naughty and provocative sculptures and a huge collection of drawing, painting, sculpture and photography, including many male nudes, still on display (though sadly decaying), by some of Asia's most renowned artists. Enter through gates whose priapic bulges are, simultaneously, the noses of bearded masks (see drawing below). Turn a corner on your garden walk and a leering goat wearing a tri-cornered hat emerges from the flowering foliage. Through the moon gate is a plunge pool being filled in an endless arc from the healthy spout of an athletic youth. Well-placed moss cleverly mimics pubic hair on other well-hung torsos. An ornate full-length mirror is perfectly positioned to reflect the more intimate landscape of the open air showers. Sit on the lap of a sleeping, naked young man etched into a concrete bench by Friend. Fertile imagination is at play everywhere: from walls of translucent glass bottles, monstera leaves pressed into ceiling plaster, handmade tiles, furniture, fabrics, glorious murals, life-size nude male lamps, on and on. Before Friend left for fame in Bali in the late 60s, the modern Asian house and garden had been invented here.

        "The many sight-seeing heads
        who examined his floral beds
        tried to peek in his bedrooms too
        for more singular sights to view.
        One lady was heard to remark:
        ‘With such a luxuriant park
        you’d think he'd turn a new leaf,
        this unnatural Bawa of Brief!’

        -- from The Bawa of Brief by James Broughton

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    • Lunuganga

COLOMBO / KOLAMBA -- area code +94-1

General Information

    Population is over 650,000 (that's about 26,000 Utopians).

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Meeting Places

    • Middle class, educated gays meet online, especially on GayRomeo, LankaLove, and Grindr. UTOPIA VERIFIED JUL 2012
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    • Colombo Fort

        Facilities in the CTB government bus stand and underground. Underground facilities in the Fort area on York St. If you are coming up York St from the Hilton it is across from the first corner of the Cargill's building (the old red brick building). Look for a stairway going down from the side walk with men's symbol. Plenty of guys just standing around looking for fun.
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    • Colombo Municipal Council Public Library

    • Hanging around outside the British Council where young Sri Lankan gays go to study English.
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    • Havelock Town
        Foot path next to the Isipatana grounds.

        You may need a friend to show you this location. After 6:30pm. This is a narrow path leading from one road to another but hardly used at that time because it's dark. You can see people walking and most of them are gay fun seekers.
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    • Majestic City Shopping Mall
        Galle Rd.

        Main lounge and facilities. Majestic City super market lobby area, 2/F and 3/F. Wait for an invitation. 10:30-11:30am, 2:30-3:30pm, and 6-7:15pm are busiest.
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    • Mount Lavinia Beach

Restaurants and Cafes

    • Barefoot (contemporary international) UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2011

    • The Gallery Café (contemporary international) UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2011
        2 Alfred House Rd

        Housed in the former offices of famous gay Sri Lankan architect, Geoffrey Bawa, this popular venue is a must-see, both for the tropical modern architecture and the for the rare chance to see a nude male photo by another famous gay Sri Lankan, Lionel Wendt, on display (sadly enough) in the men's room. Wendt, who died in 1944, was (among his many talents and interests) a pioneer of the modern male nude, celebrating his Sri Lankan subjects rather than focusing on western ideals of masculine beauty. Good food, though expensive by Sri Lankan standards. Excellent service.
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    • Barefoot UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2011
        706 Galle Rd, Colombo 3

        All the best local arts, crafts, books, and colorful hand woven fabrics and fashions collected together in a charming heritage setting, in a compound including gallery and excellent restaurant.
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General Information

    Galle (pronounced "Gaul"), in the southern part of the island, is one of Asia's fantastic heritage destinations, yet is largely off the tourist path so you can still feel like you've made the discovery on your own.

    The Old Town and 16th century Fort are full of atmosphere and romance -- especially beautiful to walk around in the cool of the late afternoon -- filled with heritage colonial buildings and incredible art deco villas.

    The atmosphere is very relaxed and the people are friendly. There are plenty of shops and cafés in the Fort catering for a variety of tastes. Unsurprisingly, a number of longtime gay expats have chosen to retire in Galle. The beach of Unawatuna is also close by.

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General Information

    Former royal city high in the verdant hills of central Sri Lanka.

    The population of Kandy is over 100,000 (that's more than 4,000 Utopians).

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    • Kandy is a great place to see spectacularly attired male dancers and musicians performing a variety of Sri Lankan dance traditions.

    • Temple of the Tooth

        Dress appropriately (long pants or skirts) for this sacred spot and UNESCO world heritage site, unless you want to rent an overpriced sarong.

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Negombo / Migamuwa -- area code +94-31

General Information

    Negombo, the only city in Sri Lanka with relaxed, everyday gay life, is a peaceful oceanside resort just 15 minutes drive north from Colombo's international airport. Budget airlines like Air Asia offer unbelievably low priced flights from hubs like Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, making this an easy-breezy beach get-away. With tropical island pace of life, seaside dining and bars, extraordinarily friendly locals and gay-only resorts, its become a favorite holiday destination for jet-setting regional gays looking for a weekend retreat or long-stay holiday.

    The population of Negombo is about 130,000 (that's over 5,000 Utopians).

Travel Services

  • Dickman Resort & Tours UTOPIA VERIFIED DEC 2017, UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2013
      26/7 Poruthata Rd - Sea Ave, Utopia Map
      777-660-120, email

      Guide service, friendly local guides and luxury aircon vehicles available from one of Asia's great retreats. Explore Sri Lanka's tropical colors, cool sea breezes, verdant gardens and romantic vistas. Stay in their private garden retreat and dip in their gorgeous pool, or head to the beach for a sunset dip.
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Bars and Clubs

Massage and Spas

        25 Main St (enter from the side lane), Negombo Town (near the Negombo Fort)
        +94 77-038-9895, email

        Sri Lanka's long-running gay-friendly spa has now relocated to a 19th Century Dutch villa, just 10 minutes from the International Airport. Same professional services as before, with experienced male therapists and treatments ranging from Ayurveda to Thai to Shiatsu, or simply sensual and uplifting relaxation massages.
        Utopia Member Benefit: FREE DRINK.
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Meeting Places

Restaurants and Cafes

    • Aria (international) UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2013
        St Lachlan Hotel, 25 St Anthony's Lane (in the alley leading to Gomez Place and Dickman Resort), 750-0770. The dining room at this tropical modern boutique hotel offers reasonably good dining in a relaxed, casual atmosphere (although the antlers are rather disconcerting and out of place with the rest of the breezy decor). Service works hard to meet your special requests. Prices are reasonable. Try the traditional watalappan, a nearly black pudding made from coconut cream, cardamom, and jaggery (palm sugar).
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    • Bijou (Swiss cuisine) UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2013

    • The Century Cafe UTOPIA VERIFIED DEC 2017
        25 Main St, Negombo Town (near the Negombo Fort)
        +94 77-828-0751, email

        Located in the same historic building as The Spa Negombo. Offering healthy cool drinks, a selection of Ceylon Teas and the best espresso coffees in town. The cafe displays the charm of yesteryear with a selection of seating areas to either watch the passing parade or sit and peruse the daily newspapers or use the Wifi. Blackboard menu with daily specials, healthy snacks, homemade cakes and fresh seafoood dishes. Ten minutes from the resorts of Negombo Beach.
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    • The Container UTOPIA VERIFIED DEC 2017
        41, Bologhgha Mawata
        +94 76-750-0183

        Gay-friendly restaurant made out of a shipping container and facing the ocean. They offer a variety of western foods like spaghetti Bolognese, croque monsieur, bruschetta, crepes, and fresh smoothies. All items may be take away to enjoy on the beach.
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    • Dolce Vita (Italian Coffee shop) UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2013
        Portuhota Rd, Ettukala. Enter through the driveway beside the Sea-Sands Guesthouse. Gay-friendly. Good tiramusu, baked goods and gelato. Breezy terrace with a fantastic view right beside the beach. A perfect place to watch the sunset. Their crispy pizza is good. The cole slaw was, as the waiter warned, inedible.
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    • Jetwing Blue (Sri Lankan breakfast) UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2013
        Ethukale, 227-9000. If you want to try a large selection of traditional Sri Lankan food, splurge on the breakfast buffet at this gorgeous, Asian modern 4-star boutique hotel. Sit at your table with an unspoiled view of the best stretch of beach in Negombo, watching the colorful sails of the catamarans as fishermen set sail for the morning catch. Try the bowl-shaped "hoppers," a crispy fried pancake made from rice flour, add an egg, shaved coconut, spicy chutney or fragrant sambal to taste. Noodle-shaped hoppers make perfect nests for a variety of curries, lentils or dahls. Fresh tropical fruit and vegetable juices are chilling on ice. Crusty breads, Wood Apple jam, buffalo curd with a drizzle of treacle, banana and butter cake all make a perfect compliment for strong Ceylon breakfast tea.
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    • Lords (western and Sri Lankan) UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2013


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      Sigiriya Rock, Sri Lanka  (c) 2010 by John Goss

      Not to be missed wonder of the ancient world: Sigiriya, a 5th century palace set atop a fortress rock and surrounded by ancient rock and water gardens where the earliest Buddhists sought out natural "power spots" to do their meditation. Here were the Fountains of Paradise that Arthur C. Clarke wrote about in his novel of the same name.

      Sigiriya women frescoes, Sri Lanka  (c) 2010 by John Goss

      One third up Sigiriya's rock face, in a natural rock overhang, are the remnants of a frescoed portrait gallery that once depicted hundreds of women of varying ethnicities and cultures in a sensual, delicate style unique to Sri Lanka.

      Sigiriya lion paw gate, Sri Lanka  (c) 2010 by John Goss

      Half way up you encounter giant stone paws, all that remains of a colossal lion gate that guarded the stairs up to the summit. At the stop, spectacular views of the jungle below from the foundations of the long vanished, near-mythical palace in the sky.

      Comments from Utopians:

      Sigiriya, Sri Lanka  (c) 2010 by John Goss

      "As the sun set on this million dollar view straight out of Jurassic Park - my guide arranged a surprise after-dark jungle picnic with his local village friends. By the light of a few candles they served wild boar, buffalo curd, and arak (coconut liquor) mixed with Sprite. Above us the Milky Way was incandescent. They grabbed plastic dishes and silverware and, using them as instruments, began to sing Sinhalese folk songs. They told me that the local news reported that the world would end in 2012 and that America had dug a great tunnel to save itself. 'Yes,' I replied, 'every American has a tunnel.' Wide eyes, then laughter. As we watched satellites arc across the heavens, I reminded them that Sri Lanka's national hero, Arthur C. Clarke, had dreamed up geostationary satellites that made their GPS mobile phones possible. 'Mmmm, yes,' they agreed he was a great scientist. I told them he also predicted that Sri Lanka would be the site of an elevator that would take their children into space along a string made of diamond that WAS being developed in America. I watched as their minds exploded. Then the fireflies came out." -- John Goss, Sigiriya


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