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Top Tourist Places in Colombo

Colombo is a metropolis in Sri Lanka. The best places to visit in Colombo comprises some flamboyant colonial structures, temples and beautiful beaches. A traveler must visit the famous tourist attractions in Colombo in order to embrace the beauty and culture of this natural harbor.

The Talangama Wetlands and the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka are famous sightseeing places in Colombo. A walk through the shining city, whilst checking out the modern skyline of the city is one of the important tourist attractions in Colombo.

Colombo tourist places include religious shrines like the Seema Malaka Temple, Gangaramaya Buddhist temple, St. Anthony’s Shrine, Jami-Ul Alfar Mosque, Wolvendaal Church etc., and others. These ancient as well as modern religious temples form one of the key tourist attractions in Colombo.

Premadasa Stadium is one of the famous tourist attractions in Colombo for cricket lovers. Other famous places to see in Colombo that include the National Museum of Colombo, Independence Square, Colombo lighthouse, Beira Lake, etc.

Opened in 1930 by the then Colombo governor, Sir Herbert Stanley, the Old Parliament Building is one of the ancient buildings and one of the best places to visit in Colombo. It earlier served as the main legislature for 53 years until the construction of the new building. Embrace the architecture of the building that bears an essence of the Neo-Baroque artifacts, a building style from Europe, while surfing through its ancient history.

Another must-visit place, Colombo fort is among the famous tourist attractions in Colombo. Built by the Portuguese, later some of its structures were destroyed and rebuilt by the Dutch and lastly was conquered and further modified by the British, the Colombo fort is an ancient historical treasure of Colombo. The key tourist attractions in the fort include hotels and parks etc. It also houses business offices of the stock exchange of Colombo as well as the trade exchanges of the world.

The famous urban park of Viharamahadevi Park is another must visit Colombo tourist attractions. Surrounded by varied palm trees, there stands Lord Buddha’s magnificent statue, amid the lush green nature. The park also features a zoo loaded wild animals and others, an aquarium of lobsters and other fish variety. The central pool adds beauty to the park, renowned for its vibrant flower species, blooming in March-April. Check out the place with family and friends to visit its key attractions like the enchanting landscapes, hills, paintings, memorial of the world war, library and a beautiful suspense bridge arching the lake. You will also find pony and elephant rides here beside other park slides.

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Galle Face Green in Colombo

56 Colombo - Galle Main Rd, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Galle Face Green is a stretch of 1,600 feet of blissful greenery and peace. Occupying over twelve acres of land, this urban park was originally built much bigger than it is today. It is still used for golfing, but back in the day, it was used as cricket, rugby, football, polo, and tennis grounds as well for horse racing. In...

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Mount Lavinia in Colombo

Mount Lavinia Colombo is a popular neighborhood famous for beaches and nightlife. Of all places in the city, Mount Lavinia is definitely one of the most romantic ones. Not only is it known for its wild nightlife and a seaside beach that is known as the ‘Golden Mile’, but for its freedom and passion as well. Every year since...

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St. Anthony Church in Colombo

Kochchikade, St Anthony's Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Unlike other churches that exude a religious vibe, St. Anthony Church in Colombo is very austere. With a surprisingly somber atmosphere and a sense of history, it absolutely makes sense to St. Anthony Church. Especially seeing as it has been declared as a national shrine. The church is located at Kotahena in Kochchikode, Co...

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Dambulla Cave Temple In Colombo

The mesmerizing town of Dambulla is located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka in the Matale district. One would be amazed to know that it is known for a plethora of things, including the fact that it is home to the beautiful ancient rock ruins, Sigiriya and the country’s central hub for vegetable distribution. However, t...

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Attidiya Bird Sanctuary in Colombo

Colombo - Horana Road, Boralesgamuwa, Sri Lanka

Harboring wildlife and vegetation to the brim, Attidiya Bird Sanctuary is a sanctuary in the outskirts of Colombo. This is probably because it is located so close to the city. But in reality, Attidiya Bird Sanctuary is home to over 166 different species of birds, nearly 71 species of beautiful butterflies, 44 species of fis...

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Beira Lake in Colombo

 

Beira Lake, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Comprising almost 65 hectares of area, Beira Lake Colombo Sri Lanka is a location of epic scenic beauty. Constructed and named by the Portuguese in the late sixteenth century, it was originally built as a means to defend against local kings. It worked very well, as it was guarded by crocodiles and its original area was much...

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Dehiwala Zoo in Colombo

120 Quarry Rd, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka

Founded in 1936, National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka, also known as Dehiwala Zoo, is a zoological garden located in the Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia district. Home to three thousand animals Dehiwala Zoo in Colombo preserves over three hundred and fifty different species of animals. Visit here to have a candid rendezvous with...

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Dutch Period Museum in Colombo

Prince Street, Colombo 01100, Sri Lanka

A portal into an era long ago, Dutch Period Museum rings of authenticity with its beautiful collection on display. Covering the Dutch colonial rule in Sri Lanka exclusively, this Dutch Period Museum was originally a mansion built in 1656. Built close to Wolvendaal Church in Pettah, Colombo Dutch Museum is possibly one of th...

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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...

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National Museum in Colombo

Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka

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...

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    Shruti Agarwal

    New delhi

    Shruti's 8 days trip to Colombo

    Hotels were overall good. Hotel staff was helpful. We were promised car with sufficient boot space to accomodate luggages as well as baby stroller. However, it was a struggle to fit eveything into the boot of the assigned car. Travel time was way too long compared to what was mentioned in the itinerary. Due to which, there was hardly any time left to explore cities Kandy/Dambulla on the day of arrival. There wasnt a single day that we left hotel after arriving which means driver was free after 5/6 and we managed dinners on our own. The driver was reluctant to bring us out for dinner and suggested to take an auto-rickshaw. Price list shared for attractions was not latest and verified. When questioned, we were told that those are non peak rates. Why would you provide non peak rate list to someone who is travelling during peak period. We liked our hotels especially at Kandalama , Yala and Bentota. Nuwara Eliya hotel could have been better.

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    Pawan Goyal

    New delhi

    Pawan's 5 days trip to Colombo

    This was an amazing trip. The services of travel agent and cab driver were excellent. Special thanks to Mr Samir of Smart Lanka and Mr. Pathum our driver cum guide.

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    Risha Anuraj

    Bengaluru

    Risha's 6 days trip to Colombo

    I want to thank Nelum Tours and Chamith for such proper arranged tour for us . Every thing was as per our expectations. Special thanks to Sanjaka for his punctuality and proper guidance.We will highly recommend you to our family and friends . Sri Lanka is a beautiful country and we are planning to come here again very soon

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    Kartik Sharma

    New delhi

    Kartik's 5 days trip to Colombo

    Have an awesome experience first of all thanks to travel triangle and my SPOC person from Travel Triangle Ms. Sanad who helped me in getting connected to best of the agents in srilanka and ma'am was always available to help round the clock Second to Relax Lanka Tours with whom I contacted and got the package and itenary as per my requirement overall arrangement on the tour made by Relax Lanka Tour was awesome, the delivered everything in the same way they have promised before starting of the tour And last not the least the major person our tour guide Mr Ramesh he was simply just outstanding his knowledge about the country and the places we visited were superb and the hospitality which has offered by him all over the tour was superb

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    Sheenam Jain

    Indira gandhi international airport (del)

    Sheenam's 8 days trip to Colombo

    The trip planned was very tiring and the hotels provided were out of the main city...but overall v had lots of fun... Nuwara eliya ,bentota

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    Kartikeya Arora

    Bengaluru

    Kartikeya's 6 days trip to Colombo

    Great service overall. We had no issues. Overall great trip! The driver allocated to us- Mr Shanta was really helpful. Clean cars & hygiene is imp for me & we were happy that we chose this service.

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    Awadesh Pratap

    Lucknow

    Awadesh's 7 days trip to Colombo

    Travel triangle is an agency acting as middle men, between users and service providers on ground. Neither they have any knowledge of ground realities nor the tour coordinator. Having been lured with the promise of 4 and 5 star hotel ground reality was as under:- Colombo : Hotel Ocean is dignified OYO facility with cramped rooms, AC getting packed up within 30 minutes of check in and rectified later. Kandy : Hotel Topaz was good accommodation. Nuwaraelia. Having rejected their earlier Unique Cottages on pretext of all rooms being located on First floor and our age factor, we were upgraded to Hotel Grand Camelia to SECOND floor with dining facility exactly in front of our Room No 302. Hotel's stairs are so well designed particularly steepness that a person with half of our age will find difficult to ascend or descend. To be frank leave aside Starring, hotel was nothing more than upgraded Farm House with limited staff doubling as Cleaning Staff and Waiters in Dining Facility. Kalutara : Excellent Hotel with good ambience and expected amenities. Colombo : Hotel Galadhary having seen it's good days is living in the past, though still patronized reasonably well. However, present front desk managers could do well to be exposed to soft skill development, rather than taking offense to complaint to non functioning sink. Transport and Driver Mr Rohana were the only saving grace during entire duration of tour who doubled as Guide as well and performed Exceptionally well. We would remember him.

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    Abhinav Dubey

    Pune

    Abhinav's 4 days trip to Colombo

    I must say the trip and all the arrangements were really up to the mark. Given that it was a rainy season and we wasted our first day in hotel because of rain, we were still able to cover most of the scenic points. Sigiriya rock, Dambulla caves, Kandy buddha temple, Galle fort, Bentota and Colombo. I couldn’t have asked for more in a 4 days trip. Our driver Imendra was very helpful and SHA travels did their best in arranging the trip. I’d recommend them to anyone travelling to SriLanka. Sigiriya rock, Madu river safari, Galle fort

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    Rahul Kulshrestha

    Unnamed road

    Rahul's 10 days trip to Colombo

    overall package was well organised, some issue must be discuss 2 days prior to start of tour. At last i must say Good commitment by Agent...& promt reply make thing positive . whole trip is memorable

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    Moventhiran Ramakrishnan

    Kuala lumpur

    Moventhiran's 4 days trip to Colombo

    Very good travel agencies with good chauffeur Mr Rakitha.. He did very good job and also good planning To improve on locations of the hotels It was my awesome proposal trip!

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    The city of Colombo is located on the west coast of Sri Lanka’s Western Province.

    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.

    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. 

    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.

    Sri Lanka is one of the most amazing places to visit near India and Colombo being its capital must definitely be visited on the trip to Colombo. Some of the best places to visit here Arugam Bay beach, traditional puppet art museum, Dehiwala Zoo, Attidiya Bird Sanctuary, Mount Lavinia, Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, and Beira Lake.

    Colombo which was the port for Dutch, British and Portuguese is famous for its architecture and the British, Dutch and Portuguese culture is reflected in its architecture. It is famous for its rich history, museums, lakes, and beaches. Also, the nightlife in Colombo is quite thrilling and things like casino night, clubbing can be enjoyed here.

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