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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...

  • Religious sites
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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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  • Historic sightseeing

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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  • Buddhist temple
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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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    Umashankar's 7 days trip to Colombo

    We had a memorable trip. Thanks to Travel Triangle for organizing this trip. However guidance from Driver is missing and only on insistance he was telling the importance.

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    Bengaluru

    Drvijutumkur's 3 days trip to Colombo

    Had memorable trip. Thank you Travel Triangle for coordinating things and making our journey hassle free. Elephant ride at Pinnawala. Bentota river safari and beach.

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    Anushka's 5 days trip to Colombo

    The trip was extremely lovely! Special mention for our driver Mr. Jagath who was very punctual , trustworthy and respectful. The agency Tropical Ceylon hadn’t provided our hotel centara ceysands with the confirmation number and we had to wait for 30-40mins at the reception because of this. Overall, the hotels were amazing and the experiences were memorable.

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    Prerna Dogra

    Hyderabad

    Prerna's 6 days trip to Colombo

    Hotels were good but were very far from the promised locations. Like instead of Nuwarailiya and bentota, hotels were in another city. It was very disappointing. Like I expected to stay in the hill station for 1 night. But the hotel provided was down the hill. Also the hotel for the beach location was not in Bentota.

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    Jannane Vs

    Chennai

    Jannane's 6 days trip to Colombo

    Was wonderful

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    Dimple Jain

    Bangarapet

    Dimple's 6 days trip to Colombo

    Please add some more activities in the trip like flying Ravana and options for Moore vegetarian restaurant

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    Madeline Pantone Horn

    Colombo

    Madeline's 7 days trip to Colombo

    Our driver was great, but we were frustrated because we thought the tour included a driver who was also an English speaking guide. Our driver's English was not fluent enough for him to do more than point out a few things. Hotels were okay, but Bentota hotel had severe mold problem. Planned tour of Colombo was awful. Luckily I did my own research because many of the planned destinations were closed or in disrepair. SIM cards were a total scam. We were given "2 free sims" that were free anyway and then forced to pay for those plans rather than shop competitively for reasonable deals. Water given was insufficient for 4 people- we had to buy our own to supplement. If I did this trip over again I would just hire a driver and find our own hotels and meals and found my own attractions because there was really no value to this tour above the good driver. We loved the river safari in Bentota and botanical garden near Kandy.

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    Nilisamatthew

    Bangalore

    Nilisamatthew's 6 days trip to Colombo

    We were not informed about the payment procedure prior to our arrival. We were ask to pay 675 dollars in cash when we landed in Sri Lanka. There was no information given stating that the payment had to be made directly to the agent on arrival in cash as the first transaction of Rs. 75 dollars was done online. I do not think any tourist will be carrying 675 dollars in cash when they come for a vacation. The Queen's Berry hotel in Nurawa rayalia was not up to the mark at all. The website pictures shown is deceiving to that what was in reality. The food in the hotel was extremely poor. The hotel in Ella showed pictures of a swimming pool. When we went for swimming it was told to us only selected rooms could avail the swimming pool facility. Facts like these should be made clear before it self. The driver and the car providered was very good. Mr. Sashira the driver ensure that we had a pleasant time in Sri Lanka and made there all our journey from one place to another was a comfortable one. He was extremely friendly and helpful. The Cinnamon Bay hotel was one of the best experiences we had over there the hotel standard, quality, food and staff made the stay very enjoyable.

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    Swapnil Vijay

    Mumbai

    Swapnil's 5 days trip to Colombo

    Preference of food should also be asked. We faced difficulty in finding vegetarian food. Hindi speaking driver

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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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