Colombo is the largest city, the main port and the financial and commercial capital of Sri Lanka. A highly acclaimed tourist destination of South Asia, it is known for its ancient monuments, sun-kissed beaches, museums and art galleries. Apart form the modern buildings; Colombia gives you a distinct colonial feel with the famous clock tower, Buddhist and Hindu temples, the president's residence, restaurants and entertainment venues. The city is dotted with numerous tourist attractions, some of which are given here below.
Colombo Tourist Attractions
The Colombo National Museum
Colombo's oldest museum, this was built in 1877 and has a vast collection of antiques and objects from all over the country.
You will find large houses set on shady streets, lined with jacaranda and frangipani, at Cinnamon Gardens. It houses the most exclusive bars, shops and restaurants.
This Buddhist temple, located on the waters of Beira Lake, dates over 2,000 years back. Cross the wooden bridge to reach this temple and find Buddha images and frescoes all over.
Dehiwala Zoological Gardens
Dehiwala Zoological Gardens house a large range of flora and fauna, apart from animals, birds, reptiles and fish from all across Sri Lanka.
The main bazaar district of Colombo, Pettah is flaunted with shops and stalls, selling gold, spices, music, and ayurvedic medicines.
Galle Face Green
Come here to relax and view kite flyers, cricket games and picnickers. Do make sire to linger around the food stalls at weekends.
Dutch House Museum
The museum showcases the home life of the colonialists, furniture and ceramics. The museum gives you a good idea about the lives of the Dutch in the 17th century.
Mount Lavinia is the best and most popular beach in Colombia. Hire the little bathing huts for the entire day and enjoy your meal at the Mount Lavinia Hotel.