Looking to find out more about sex in Colombo?
The capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is the largest city of this island nation. Though a populous city, it is an eclectic mix of modern high rise, historical temples and a disorderly jumble of residential and commercial buildings. Home to a population of 750,000 people, the capital attracts most of the country’s tourism, playing host to around six million visitors each year (domestic and international). As a result, the city of Colombo must be many things to many people, least of all a place for great entertainment and diversion.
In this guide, we take a look at the sex scene of Sri Lanka’s capital city. We look at the legalities of prostitution and adult venues as well as the places to buy sex toys in Colombo.
Prostitution in Colombo
Prostitution, and all aspects surrounding the trade, is illegal in Colombo. However, the island has a relatively large number of sex workers (around 40,000) with most working in Colombo.
Many prostitutes are Sri Lankan but it is very common to find women from India as well as Eastern Asian nations like China, the Philippines and Thailand. Some international escorts operate in the city, notably from Russia.
Like neighbouring India, sex is cheap in Sri Lanka and customers can find many places in the city where they can pay less than $10 for a full service. However, rates for escorts tend to be higher and you should expect to pay between $50 and $120 per hour for a standard local escort. Of course, you can opt for a more premium quality call girl and this will cost you more than $150. It does also depend on the nationality of the escort with Thai and Chinese girls being cheaper and European escorts being the most expensive.
As in India (and many countries) STDs are common amongst sex workers but in Sri Lanka, prostitutes do not carry condoms; doing so places them in danger of prosecution if they are picked up by the police so always carry your own if you plan to indulge.
The sex industry in Sri Lanka is subject to review by the government who, according to recent reports, are considering legalising some aspects of the trade.
Colombo Escorts Guide
It is thought that there are as many as 10,000 escorts working in and around the Colombo area and most use directories to advertise their services. Some provide in-calls as well as outcalls.
Some hotels in Colombo provide extra services for guests looking for an escort and you can usually arrange this at the front desk.
Our research uncovered the following advice:
Ask for a special massage at most hotels and you will get a decent looking girl arrive at your room to give you a happy ending, oftentimes with a little more thrown in. Depending on the quality of the hotel, this could cost you up to $100-$150 with some being paid to the desk and some being paid to the masseuse. If you find your enquiries at the front desk being met with disapproving denial then try asking a member of domestic staff if they know of anywhere for a good massage. If they take your meaning, they will usually be able to suggest someone for an incall.
Sex in Colombo
A country with high standards of morality, Sri Lanka doesn’t have an obvious sex scene and you will not find venues like strip clubs, brothels and sexy go-go bars like you can in other Asian cities. Instead, the world of prostitution is very hidden with clients and hookers having to maintain discretion in order to avoid detection.
There are no brothels in Colombo and the closest thing you can find to a choice of prostitute on an in-call service is via the clubs and bars where freelance prostitutes are known to hang out.
It is important to remember that soliciting is illegal. Any customers must be exceptionally discreet when picking up at venues such as this. Quite often, the prostitutes are known to the management but they do not allow open pandering, soliciting and mongering.
The clubs and bars around the city’s popular entertainment districts all have a lot of independent hookers using them as bases, so head to The Fort, Cinnamon Gardens or Kollupitiya.
Other options include Traditional Chinese Medicine clinics which can often be found to provide sexual services along with the, more classic, treatments of cupping, acupuncture and tui na.
Swinging is not a big pastime in Sri Lanka but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t couples who are looking for some fun-loving, open-minded people to join in their fun. It’s true to say that there are no official clubs but popular swinging forums like The Adult Hub, Sri Lankan Swingers or there is a Facebook group for poly-amorous couples in Colombo.
Red Hot Pie is also a useful resource for followers of the lifestyle in Sri Lanka.
Erotic Massage Parlours
The massage parlour scene in Colombo has gone pretty quiet of late and though there are the occasional salons where you get more than body rub, the majority of women who provide ‘extras’ work as escorts. You can find women via the escorts pages to provide erotic massage as an outcall service.
Though there are spas that offer body rubs, it is very hit and miss whether you will get matched with a masseuse who will give you a happy ending. The fear of being caught by the police is a big deterrent and the larger salons do not offer this kind of treatment.
As a result, the smaller salons are your best choice and hitting up the local newspapers to find adverts in the personals. Lanka Ads is a good place to start.
Like in India, strip clubs are illegal in Sri Lanka and you will not be able to find any gentleman’s clubs or burlesque bars, pole or lap dance venues.
There are sometimes events that happen at small bars which happen sporadically, but for which touts often scour tourist areas to secure customers. However, these change all the time and they do not advertise for fee of being shut down by the police.
Street Prostitutes and Red-Light Districts
There are no official red-light districts in Colombo but many people regard the Galle Road as the closest thing. Unlike in cities in India, you don’t tend to find many street prostitutes in the city as the police are quite quick to close down any soliciting activities. However, you can find some girls working the bars here and they are usually relatively easy to spot due to their provocative ‘uniforms’.
Sex shops are not common in Sri Lanka although there are a handful that provide bedroom basics and erotic essentials. Evidently, most people choose to use online stores to order sex toys in Colombo. Most will be able to deliver to hotels as well as places of business and, certainly, to residential addresses in the city.
58, Thurstan Road, Colombo 03
One of the only sex shops in Sri Lanka that openly sells sex toys, Midnight Divas offers a bright and modern retail experience.
They mainly sell lingerie and costumes which might be suitable for role play and the store also stocks some novelty items. Anything erotic is mainly geared towards positive sexual health and includes lubricants, condoms and lotions with some ‘massagers’.
Overall, the place is similar to an Ann Summers about twenty years ago and is very tame compared to the crazy accoutrements you can pick up in Japan.
The shop is unmissable on the Thurstan Road with a bright red frontage and open windows with saucy models on large posters.
Midnight Divas is open as follows:
- Monday to Saturday: 10.00am to 7.00pm
- Sunday: 10.00 to 6.00pm
Featured image via Good Free Photos.