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Colombo Travel Guide
Colombo tourism is characterized by beaches, Buddhist temples, sprawling gardens, and historical landmarks. Colombo is the capital of Sri Lanka which is a very beautiful place. The capital is pretty clean and pleasant with many destinations to visit. Colombo is the city which offers many adventurous activities such as skydiving, surfing, diving and exploring the oceans deep inside and much more.
Colombo tourism has everything. Visit the zoo and check out many species of fauna that you would not have known earlier. The Colombo travel guide offers some great destinations. The city is a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins of it. Sri Lanka was colonised by Portuguese and Britishers. The architecture here is reflective of its rich heritage. The city has many major attractions. Galle Face Green is located in the heart of the city. A beach along the Indian Ocean coast, many locals and tourists visit this place. Gangaramaya Temple is one of the oldest temples. It is a perfect mixture of Sri Lanka, Thai, Indian and Chinese architecture. The temple attracts a lot of visitors. Viharamahadevi Park is an urban park located in Colombo Sri Lanka.
Explore the history
Colombo Fort Area: There is a lighthouse where you can climb and enjoy the nature’s amazing sight. There is actually no fort here, the city center is known as Fort Area.Mount Lavinia: This residential neighborhood features some of the best spots to hang-out in the evening. The Mount Lavinia Beach is ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Also, watching the sunset views here one of the top things to do in Colombo.
National Museum of Colombo: It is Sri Lanka’s largest museum, and was built in 1876. A peaceful courtyard surrounds the beautiful building that covers the National Museum. It was founded by a British Governor of Sri Lanka. There are various statues and exhibits and some antique items that were owned by a known family of Sri Lanka.Delhiwala Zoo: The National Zoo of Sri Lanka is one of the main places to visit in Colombo. It houses more than 300 species of animals within its area of 10 hectares.
Memorial Hall: In 1948, Sri Lanka got its independence from Britain. The statue of Sri Lanka’s first president The Father of the Nation is in front of this monument. There are regular religious events and celebrations which occur here. One can enjoy the peace as there is no such crowd on regular days.
Wander the Markets
Pettah Market: This market is a very popular place which is near to the Fort area. If you love shopping with Colombo sightseeing, this is the place for you. You can get some good items at a very good price. This is a good place to pass the time as you will also see any religious any religious building and this overall makes it a good-to-go place. Eat some delicious local street food.
Galle Face Green: Perhaps one of the most popular tourist places in Colombo, it is a cluster of green lawns very next to some narrow beaches. Wind flows really fast and a great place to walk at night. Initially, it was made by the Dutch for some war strategy, but now this place is considered as perfect for running, kite flying, playing cricket and football. You will see lots of couples out what can be more romantic than watching the sunset at a beach point. Have some great spicy Indian food.
Some Religious places
Vihar Mahadevi Park: The biggest park of Colombo is also an attraction. This is not only a park as you can also enjoy water slides, café, stalls, and large playground with a small aquarium. If you are travelling with your children, spend some quality time with your family or friends.
Gangaramaya Temple: Being the biggest temple of Buddha, it consists many buildings. You need some really good time as there are lots of things to see. There is Buddha made up of stone, silver, plastic, and gold. You can also donate one if you want to.
At the center of the Sri Lanka, a huge lake named Beira serves its beauty. There is a small island in the middle of that lake. Some narrow canals connect the other lakes as well as with the Indian Ocean. The city has a rich colonial heritage. It is not the capital, but known as capital. Not only the beauty, it is a great place for shopping lovers. Enjoy the seafood in the Sri Lankan cuisine. It’s a great place and one must visit this place if he/she is traveling in Asia.
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Places To Visit In Colombo
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Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo
Located near the Beira Lake in 61 Sri Jinarathana Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Gangaramaya Temple is a mix of Indian and Chinese architecture. Gangaramaya Temple timings are 6 am to 10 pm. A stellar example of Buddhist Temples in Sri Lanka, it was built by Don Bastian, a famous naval merchant in the nineteenth century. Gangara...
- Religious sites
- Buddhist temple
National Museum in Colombo
The National Museum of Colombo is the gateway to another era. With a great collection of coins, ceramics, daggers, bows, arrows, swords, guns, silverware, jewelry waiting around the corner, this place is a must for history buffs and tourists. Maintained by the Department of National Museum, this is the largest museum in Sri...
- Historical Sites
Old City Hall in Colombo
The Old City Hall of Ceylon is a British era municipal building. Within the confines of this space, a tourist can almost sense the history of Ceylon unfolding over the ages. Built in 1865 on Main Street, this British era building houses in its ground floor gallery old trucks and municipal equipment. It is interesting to not...
- Historical Sites
- City Tour
Viharamahadevi Park in Colombo
Located in the heart of Colombo city, Viharamahadevi Park is also known as Victoria Park. Situated next to the national museum of Colombo, it is Colombo’s largest public park with an area of 50 acres. It is named after the mother of Sinhalese King Dutugamunu.
Viharamahadevi Park History
During the Second World War, the p...
- Ideal for families
- Mini Zoo
Beddagana Wetland Park in Colombo
Located just outside of the city limits of Colombo, Beddagana Wetland Park is a nature park stretching over an area of 18 hectares. This natural expanse of Beddagana lies within the urbanized administrative capital Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte. The new Parliament building is in proximity to this lovely wetland park. It’s a gre...
- Ideal for families
- Bird Watching
Things To Do In Colombo
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Visit the Independence Memorial Hall in Colombo
For the sheer historical value of it all, visit Independence Memorial Hall – a famous place to behold in Colombo. As is expected of any free country, any buildings and statues built in commemoration of their freedom struggle is a sight to behold. There is very little doubt that Independence Memorial Hall is a remarkable bea...
- Historical Sites
- City Tour
Have Fun at Leisure World Water Park in Colombo
Everyone loves some good old fashioned water theme park rides and the fun at Leisure World Water Park never stops. With daring rides and top of the line safety protocols, Leisure World’s Water Park never ceases to amaze. There is a wide variety of rides for different ages and for children, the ticket price is based on their...
- Water Rides
- Unlimited Fun
Enjoy Shopping in Colombo
While shopping in Colombo, Sri Lanka one should visit the Paradise Road, Good Market, and Majestic City are popular places to buy souvenirs. Colombo is the capital city of Sri Lanka and no tour of any capital city anywhere is complete without shopping in Pettah Market. Tourists can buy fresh produce, electronics, textiles, ...
- Local market
- Handicrafts shopping
Spa Massages in Colombo
With ancient Buddhist cities, elephant safaris, and unspoiled Indian Ocean beaches, Sri Lanka is a hot tourist destination. And thus, pampering your body and soul with a massage therapy in a spa in Colombo can be quite rejuvenating. After the sightseeing fatigue sets in, head to one of the best spas in Colombo for some inst...
- Relaxing experience
Visit St. Wolvendaal Church in Colombo
One of the best Protestant Churches in Colombo is Wolvendaal Church. The best thing about this Church is its ambiance. Unlike other churches that exude a religious sparkle, St. Wolvendaal is actually eerie. With a surprisingly somber atmosphere and a sense of history, it absolutely makes sense to visit St. Wolvendaal Church...
- Historical Sites
How to Reach Colombo
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There are only a few international airports in Sri lanka. Ratmalana Airport is situated in Dehiwala- Mount Lavinia in Colombo. Another International Airport is Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake. It takes approximately an hour to reach Colombo from here. Flights to Southeast Asia, Europe, Australia, Middle East and Australia depart and arrive here. Flights like Air India, Spice Jet, Indigo, Jet Airways, Srilankan Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Vistara, Royal Nepal operate to and from Colombo. Domestic flights run from the above mentioned airports as well.
Fort railway station is served by Sri Lanka Railways. It is a major hub for many intercity and commuter trains. It serves as the terminus of many intercity trains Sri Lanka. Train schedules and fares can be checked online at the official website of Sri Lanka Railways.
Reaching Colombo from any Sri Lankan country is easy via bus or taxi. Taxi though takes less time but is expensive. A huge network of buses operates in and around the Colombo. The Central Bus Stand is an important stand from where all the buses depart and at which all of them arrive.
The intra city buses helps you to travel within the city. There are express buses as well. One can take Bus number 112 or 132 to reach Galle Face Green. Bus number 187 and 187-E3 will take you to Colombo Fort through the expressway giving you beautiful scenes of the city. One can easily locate the bus and the fare is relatively cheap. If you are coming from the Airport then you have to just walk few metres to reach to a bus. There are buses to almost every tourist attraction. Taxi is also easy to locate within the city.
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Trip to Sri LankaI really want to thank you for making such a wonderful trip we really enjoyed a lot and liked everything. Special thanks and appreciation to Mr. Arjun and his team from Laluna Eco Resort in bentota that they served us very well and I loved their approach. I visited to many places but the service I received at Bentota laluna resort from Mr. Arjuna was commendable. Also both Mr. Chaminda and Damitha as well was very nice and cooperative Again many thanks and best wishes to everyone whom we met in this memorable trip.
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Trip to Sri LankaOur trip went well with comfortable stay at hotels and good food. Earls reef was beautiful resort and staff was very nice. Same with me Colombo, staff was very accommodating and pleasant. The only issue was cab driver arranged by Apple holidays has screwed our vacation. Though driver was polite and well mannered but had a very laid back attitude. We ask to go to place A but he will suggest place B. Was very particular that we does not work after 6pm and counting every single km. was very pushy to take us to places and restaurants of his choice . wherein our deal with travel triangle was very clear that there is no restriction on KM's. But same was not reflecting with apple holidays. After travel triangle taken this up with apple holidays, issue was sorted out temporarily but it went same next day.also driver was not aware of the routes in CMB. Thx to Google we manage to find our way.but driver spoilt our vacation . He take us to places where he has his cuts and later agreed also stating these are instructions from the agent. I suggest travel triangle to exclude apple holidays from their vendor list. And not to mention Stuti's response was extremely good and prompt. In really appreciate her good work Whenever interacted with stuti, and the way queries were handled... I was very happy. At bentota, earl reef resort was amazing with beach and pool next to our room.. Had very good time. Adventure sports were excellent and enjoyed a lot.
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Trip to Sri LankaWe had been to Srilanka during the Colombo blasts. But our driver (Mohamed) was very helpful and handled things well till dropping us to airport ensuring complete safety. The hotels are good and we had comfortable stay. But vegetarian food options are very scarce and we had to travel very far just for getting veg food. Veg food option in hotels can be improved. Drinking water was quite expensive in hotels and we had no options left with than to buy from them which can be given a scope of improvement.
Trip to Sri LankaReally impressed with the hospitality. Our cab driver was really gud, he became a friend with us. Only I want to add if travel agent is booking hotel for anyone he should personally check that. Should not book hotels for any traveller by searching it on internet without checking anything. We really enjoyed our trip. So many memories created overseas, but the best on is one Sri Lankan Local Family had hosted us with delightful lunch at their home. Our Driver’s Relatives they were.
Trip to Sri Lankawe booked the holiday package after discussing with the agents in detail, still they failed to inform us that the dates of travel would coincidence with the local festival dates...we ended up being in Kandy city with all shops and restaurants closed down and not many places to explore. disappointed.
Trip to Sri LankaGud experience.. only the bad situation in Sri Lanka made the trip little sad
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FAQ's of Colombo
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Sri Lanka is one of the safest countries to visit in Asia. There aren’t any significant security issues in Sri Lanka, except a few areas. It is not to travel during monsoon in Sri Lanka.
The central business district of Colombo is known as Fort. Majority of five-star hotels are located in this neighborhood. Cheaper accommodation at reasonable prices in lodges and guest houses is also available in all parts of the city.
Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, National Museum of Colombo, Beira Lake, Colombo Dutch Museum, St. Lucia’s Cathedral, Galle Face Green, Viharamahadevi Park, and Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara are major points of interest in Colombo.
Except for monsoon season, any time of the year is ideal to visit Colombo. The monsoon season in Sri Lanka lasts from June to September.
The city of Colombo is located on the west coast of Sri Lanka’s Western Province.
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