Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital, biggest city and major port, draws together all the colours and cultures that make up this island nation, condenses them into a patchwork of markets, gardens and buildings both humble and grand, and knocks them against a narrow slab of beachfront. Colombo is the commercial and political heart of Sri Lanka is a fascinating mix of old and new, with a central cluster of high-rise office blocks and hotels overshadowing red-tiled colonial-era buildings and sprawling street markets which overflow with high piled fruit and vegetables, colorful silks and cottons, and deliciously fragrant spices.

Many visitors will appreciate Colombo’s colonial heritage, its fine dining and shopping opportunities, and the dash of urban buzz in an overwhelmingly rural country. Others will tire quickly of the diesel fumes and the modern buildings on Galle Road, the city’s main artery. If you’re only on a short trip to Sri Lanka, you may wish to pass by Colombo, but if you have the time – say at least two days – there are plenty of cultural and historical attractions in areas such as Fort, Cinnamon Gardens and Pettah.

Colombo is the political, economic and cultural centre of Sri Lanka, so if you need to extend your visa or buy a plane ticket, you’ll find yourself here. The city was the scene of quite a few bombings during the war years, but security has been relaxed since a cease-fire was declared and peace talks began.

Here are some exciting places to explore when you visit Colombo.

  • National Museum
  • The Viharamahadevi Park
  • Dutch Period Museum
  • Old Dutch Hospital
  • Wolvendaal Church
  • Dehiwala Zoo 
  • The Fort
  • Galle Face Green
  • Cinnamon Gardens
  • Kalaniya Raja Maha Vihara
  • Gangaramaya Temple
  • Arcade Independence Square
  • Bellagio Casino and Night life in Colombo

Hotels of Colombo city is located centrally which will make the visitors more convenient. Visitors have the choice of number of star class hotels with spectacular scenic view of the ocean among them “Galle face Hotel and “Taj Samudra which opens up to gall face green and to the ocean.

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