Colombo is the commercial capital and financial centre of Sri Lanka. With the population of around a million, the city is considered as the liveliest port of the country. Located on the west coast of the island, it comprises of the fascinating blend of traditions and modernism. The rich culture and Buddhism adds to the tranquil atmosphere of Colombo. For over two hundred years, the city has enjoyed the status of the administrative capital of Sri Lanka, until 1978, when all the administrative functions were shifted to Sri Jayawardene Pura. Places like old churches, temples, and parliament, Independence Building, Galle Face Green and the National Museum are some of the tourist attractions of the business centre of Sri Lanka - Colombo.
Tourist Attractions in Colombo
The place boasts of having a rich history. During the Portuguese and Dutch periods the place was a Fort. It is currently a commercial centre comprising of some of the best hotels, shops, airline offices, immigration office, travel agents, and restaurants of Sri Lanka.
Pettah is one of the major Bazars of Colombo. It is situated near the Fort and is a paradise for shoppers. Some of the best range and products including garments, household items, accessories, and books are available here, at reasonable prices. The criss-crossed lane is its uniqueness. Each street in Pettah has its own specialty.
Galle Face Green
Galle Face Green came into being in 1859. The sea-faced place was earlier a race course. Now, it is the most prominent outing place of the city, people love to take a stroll in the Green, to enjoy the picturesque beauty, in evening.
Mount Lavinia is a fabulous beach, which is visited by tourists across the world, every year. The place is about 12 km away from Colombo and is among the most prominent tourist attractions of the city.
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara is the most famous Buddhist temples in Colombo. It is supposed to be the place, where Lord Buddha was sermonized 2000 years ago.
National Museum in Colombo is the oldest museum of Sri Lanka. It came into existence in 1877. More than 4000 archaic palm leaf manuscripts, along with rock sculptures from the ancient cities, weapons of Sri Lankan kings, mesmerizing paintings, unique collection of antique demon masks and other traditional articles are put on display here.
The place is extended over an area of about 11 acres of land. It is home to exotic fauna from all over the world. The elephant show, which is held every evening, is the highlight of the zoo.