This beachside city serves as the country's capital and the ultimate cultural center in Sri Lanka. It's an eclectic mix of the old and the modern, and there's always something intriguing to view. This unique city sprang from its colonial heritage, and proof of this may be found everywhere. The city's spectacular Buddhist and Hindu temples, mosques, and churches are the result of a cultural melting pot. Colombo food does not disappoint, from the street food scene to the fine-dining scene. Invigorate your senses with a tuk-tuk ride around the city and indulge in an opulent high tea at a chic colonial-style hotel. And if you want to go shopping, Colombo is the place to be.
Popular Tourist spots
Galle Face Green
This lengthy strip of lush grass along the coastline, originally created by the Dutch for cannon shooting, gives relaxation and delightful nighttime walks.
The National Museum
This polished wall is adorned with old visitor inscriptions and poetry dating back to the 8th century, many of which praise the paintings and the fortress.
The Dutch Museum
This 17th century home, which was originally the residence of the Dutch governor, displays Dutch colonial relics such as furniture, pottery, coinage, and artillery.
This red and white striped edifice, known as the Red Mosque, was built in the nineteenth century and houses Sri Lanka's biggest assembly of prayer.
This temple complex, Colombo's oldest, houses a surprising amount of Buddha sculptures, paintings, and carvings, as well as the Simamalaka Shrine.
Sri Kailawasanathan Temple
This Hindu temple's beautiful carvings, murals, and architecture make it a sight to see. It is Colombo's oldest Hindu temple.
To Do List
Independence Square contains a large stone edifice resembling a Kandyan Audience Hall.
Dutch Hospital is a restored 1600s colonial complex containing shops and cafes.
Viharamahadevi Park is the only central park in Colombo and has a mini zoo and children’s play area.
Old Galle Buck Lighthouse provides sweeping views of the ocean and port.
The Lotus Tower – currently, South Asia’s tallest self-supported structure.
Traditional Puppet Art Museum, where performing troupes stage puppet show.
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