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Travel & Resources: SRI LANKA

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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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General Information

LGBT Sri Lanka (c) 2015 John Goss

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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 11-20-75121, 11-433-4279, 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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    Holiday Houseboys UTOPIA VERIFIED DEC 2022
      WhatsApp: +94-76 630 1069, email

      Enjoy a tour of the tropical island of Sri Lanka to see the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya and Kandy; spice gardens, tea processing, bathing elephants and a safari; ride on one of the world's most famous train journeys from Kandy to Ella, passing through Ceylon's tea plantations and enjoy the party town of Negombo in the company of a gay-friendly guide. Book now and lap up the luxury. Experienced tour guides.
      Utopia Member Benefit: 10% DISCOUNT (excluding one-day tour guide services).
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  • Kulansa UTOPIA VERIFIED DEC 2022

  • Mai Globe Travels UTOPIA VERIFIED DEC 2022
      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 JUL 2020
      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

    Sanjeewa Lanka Tours Sanjeewa Lanka Travels UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAR 2023
      +94 77-542-4313, WhatsApp: +94775424313, email

      Gay-friendly tours to beautiful Sri Lanka with your safety and comfort in mind. Private tours with driver to some of the islands most beautiful natural settings, spectacular world heritage sites, and sacred spaces. Smoothly management of itineraries, benefitting from local knowledge and experience.
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      Comments from Utopians:

      "My partner and I spent three glorious weeks in Sri Lanka with Sanjee as our driver and guide. He was knowledgeable, well-informed, most helpful and enthusiastic. As a driver he was cautious and reliable. It was fun travelling with him. Sanjee discussed the route with us in advance, made suggestions as for sights, national parks, etc. He helped us find suitable hotels and booked them for us. I wholeheartedly recommend him as guide and travel companion." -- Hans-Joachim, Mar 1, 2023

  • Spectrum.Vacations (formerly Foozoo Travel) UTOPIA VERIFIED DEC 2022
      +94 7-6044-5030, email

      Often referred to as the 'Paradise Island,' Sri Lanka offers stunning diversity, gorgeous beaches, breathtaking scenery, vivid wildlife, inspiring architecture, tantalising cuisine, and a melting pot of cultures in a recorded history exceeding 2500 years. There's something for everyone. Adventurers may enjoy kite surfing, white water rafting, extreme hikes or wreck diving. Seasoned travelers could take a train through scenic mountain landscapes, go on a wildlife safari to see elephants, leopards, and whales, or visit ancient city ruins from the dawn of culture. Run by a professional team of LGBT locals who will help you make sense of it all and craft a personalised and thoughtful holiday to fit your interests, pace, and budget. Their local insights will guide you to authentic experiences and keep you clear of tourist traps. All tours are mindful of the need for sustainability and the need to fund local LGBT projects and communities.
      Utopia Member Benefit: 5% DISCOUNT on solo and couple tours and 10% DISCOUNT on tours for 4 or more people when member card is presented following booking.
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  • Sri Lanka Personal Tour UTOPIA VERIFIED OCT 2022

  • Sri Lanka Trekking Nature Holidays UTOPIA VERIFIED JAN 2022

      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 UTOPIA VERIFIED DEC 2022
      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 2020
        +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 UTOPIA VERIFIED JUL 2020

COLOMBO / KOLAMBA -- area code +94-1

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

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    Click here for Colombo/Kolamba hotels and accommodations.


Massage and Spas

    • Sports Massage Colombo Sri Lanka UTOPIA VERIFIED MAR 2021
        +94 77-159-5527, 77-869-9413, WhatsApp: +94771595527email

        Experienced, professional and qualified sports massage therapist offering treatment for clients at their own home or hotel. Or, you may also visit their place for a massage (details uwhen you book).
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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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        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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    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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    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

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    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).

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Bars and Clubs

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    • 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

    • 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 VERIFIED DEC 2022, 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 VERIFIED DEC 2022, 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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