Dating in colombo

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As a matter of fact, it was quite a challenge to even find some Sri Lankans to share their Tinder experience with us for the purpose of this post, what with the overwhelming majority of users here being foreigners travelling through the country.

However, the app seems to be getting increasingly popular among 20-somethings in Colombo and elsewhere as a trendy alternative to match-making dinosaurs like describes Tinder as ‘a location-based social discovery application that facilitates communication between mutually interested users.’ That’s a lot of words to say dating app. Available for both Android and i OS, Tinder allows its users to ‘swipe’ left or right on other users the app sporadically coughs up in relation to their location, degree-of-separation and other factors.

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, one of the fastest growing players (heh) in the global dating scene, is not exactly huge in this country.

Whether it’s a proposal in a hot air balloon, watching leopards in the wild, diving, or simply enjoying a stunning sunset, there’s a ridiculous amount of activities to choose from.

Do your research before you embark on your trip, and have a strong idea of what you and your partner have in mind, as you’ll be spoilt for choice and overwhelmed by options once you arrive.

In a small but positive move, the government has finally put in laws that protect LGBTQ individuals from discrimination.

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Public displays of affection are generally frowned upon but not dangerous.

While the official legal stance criminalises anything apart from heterosexual sex via the ‘unnatural relations’ Act dating back to 1886 (a British colonial law), in upper-class Colombo, there are plenty of open and vocal members of the LGBTQ community.

Widespread instances of abuse, violence and hatred towards the community are rare but do occur, especially outside the Colombo bubble.

If you’re a woman travelling or walking around on her own, or are noticeably a foreigner, you’re going to get LOTS of attention.

Whether it’s unwelcome (via catcalling or public transport harassment) or more benign (via friendly men at bars and parties), it’s bound to happen.

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