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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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    • Trip to Maldives

      Hotel at Colombo couldn’t give me a proper dinner at 10 pm even and the local contact Mr Ruksaan was not available for a reply. Tha Travel from Airport to NuwaraEliya was tiring and after the same the Hotel could not provide us with dinner despite the fact they had accepted the payment in full. Hotel Mount Heaven at Ella was in a fabulous location and the people were very cosy. The Elephant orphanage was fantastic. Maldives trip was a memorable experience
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      Dr Bhattacharya

      Kolkata, a day ago

    • Trip to Colombo

      New Delhi (Delhi), India 227 The best ! Review of Pearly Gates Lanka Reviewed 2 days ago When I booked the tour through Pearly gates I was expecting good service, but ended up being totally overwhelmed by the experience I had with this company. I first contacted Nimni over phone and was happy at her prompt answers and friendly tone.I booked with her soley on the basis of what I could guage of her over conversations on phone.( Travel Triangle was the aggregator) She had promised me a good guide cum driver and a big van for the three of us (my husband, son and I ). Rikfy picked us up from my hotel first ( I was atteding an international conference) and then my family from the airport and the next seven days we spent in Paradise ! He was a careful driver, a wonderful guide and a true friend. Attentive at all times, smiling advising, he made our tour truly special. Behind all this was Nimni - calling us to find if everything was ok. They had booked good hotels, the travel by van was very comfortable but most important - the personal touch at every moment by Rikfy made everything special. On the last evening we ordered dinner at the restaurant in Hotel Ocean Colombo but when the food didnt come even after almost an hour we were very upset. We called Rikfy and though it was after 10.30 pm he came and took us to an Arabian restaurant. As some of us are diabetic this was a life saver !.I recommend Pearly gates to everybody if you want true service with a smile,and Nimni and Rikfy really make you feel at home in Sri Lanka !
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      Delhi, 4 days ago

    • Trip to Colombo

      - Driver was not giving daily quota of water bottles regularly. One day even after reminding also, he did not give any water bottle. - Driver was supposed to take the guests to Gangaram temple in Colombo but they were not taken there, even after reminding. - river was mostly interested in taking the guests to those places where entry fee was exorbitantly high and was not worth visiting. - Driver did not give the SIM card on the first day after arrival. Upon reminding, he gave a SIM card which did not have any charge. People in India were not able to contact the guests as SIM card was not recharged and activated. Finally, I had to recharge the SIM card from India online and then only calls can be made. - Though breakfast was complimentary, guests were served different breakfast at Hotel Heaven Seven in Nuwara Eliya on 9th October. Hotel gave only idli and vada to the guests which is very unfortunate. So, overall, I would give 2.5 out of 5 in the rating.
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      Mahitosh Acharya

      Calcutta, 6 days ago

    • Trip to Colombo

      We traveled to Srilanka in the first week of October 2019. The arrangements from Lanka Reisen were excellent and as per our discussions before the trip. The vehicle provided to us was very comfortable. And our friendly chauffer/guide, Mr.Saman, made the trip enjoyable. We had multiple hotel bookings, which were all quite nice (though we would have liked a bigger room in Colombo..). Couple of small issues: Getting the vouchers before the trip needed some follow-up. Everything was arranged for sure, just that there was delay in sending the vouchers causing unnecessary anxiety. And there was a hitch during checking out from one of the hotels, due to some issue with payment. It got sorted out soon, but could have been easily avoided. But all in all, I had a pleasant experience and would recommend Lanka Reisen to others.
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      Ravi

      Bengaluru, 8 days ago

    • Trip to Colombo

      Colombo hotel could have been better as it is not a three star hotel Kandy was good
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      Arun Kumar Sankaralingam

      Chennai, 9 days ago

    • Trip to Colombo

      It was really pleasant & awesome stay in Sri Lanka. Many thanks to travel triangle, Nipuni from Overa Tours who suggested the best way & managed our requirement. Overa Tours is extremely professional and delivered to their commitment right from pick-up to the airport to all the bookings. What we required, the travel agent provided the best. Another part, Ganesh from Overa, who was as Guide with his Car, he is really a friendly nature person & take care of us. Initially I was thinking about safety in Sri Lanka, but Sri Lanka is really such a nice & Safe Place to visit. Vary Neat & Clean. I Visited Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya & at last but not least Colombo Tour. All was awesome. I appreciate Ganesh, he used to care our 3 years old Kid. My Kid also enjoyed his company with Ganesh. Thanks A lot Nipuni, Ganesh & Overa Tours Team Sri Lanka. I will recommend my friends for Sri Lanka Visit & Overa Tours. Thanks & Regards; Yogson Tembhre Chennai - India +91 8939306640 All historical places and service of Overa Tour agent, it was awesome and safe. Thanks
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      Yogson Tembhre

      Appaswamy mapleton access rd, 9 days ago

    • Trip to Colombo

      Lanka Reisen, a Colombo based travel agent gave a good response and hassle free arrangements during our tour. Thanks to Travel triangle to suggest a genuine travel agent. Great response from travel triangle as well. Thank alot. Really had a great time with my family in Sri Lanka. Had awesome and unforgettable memories. Special thanks to our tour guide Mr Chaminda from Sri Lanka and Naina from travel triangle.
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      Shruti Jaiswal

      Chennai, 10 days ago

    • Trip to Colombo

      We planned a 6 days trip to Sri Lanka covering the places Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Bentota, Galle and Colombo..The agent planned it really well to cover beautiful spots in and around these places..The cab and driver services were extra ordinary..Good hotels with fantastic view of beach/ocean/lake were provided..Special mention about driver - Hemantha Kumar Sir, he is so kind and humble, very joyful..it was lovely travelling with him.. Villa @69, Bentota The best place to holiday if you are a water lover...Cause it has beach right in front of the hotel, very good and spacious swimming pool and also various water sports near by..
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      Charanya Sivaraman

      Chennai, 11 days ago

    • Trip to Colombo

      We planned a 6 days trip to Sri Lanka covering the places Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Bentota, Galle and Colombo..The agent planned it really well to cover beautiful spots in and around these places..The cab and driver services were extra ordinary..Good hotels with fantastic view of beach/ocean/lake were provided..Special mention about driver - Hemantha Kumar Sir, he is so kind and humble, very joyful..it was lovely travelling with him.. Villa @69, Bentota The best place to holiday if you are a water lover...Cause it has beach right in front of the hotel, very good and spacious swimming pool and also various water sports near by..
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      Charanya Sivaraman

      Chennai, 11 days ago

    • Trip to Colombo

      The itinerary was good and it set quite some expectation for the trip. Vehicle was good and neat. But the driver was un cooperative and didn't have sufficient knowledge about the locations. Looked like he was exploring the places along with us. We were even charged for parking in Gregory Lake Park which was supposed to be part of the package. The hotel in Nuwara Eliya and in Colombo was sub par and not at all 3 star hotels (Lack of cleanliness, broken furniture, torn and dirty linen, pungent smelling rooms) making our stay unpleasant. The restaurants where we were taken for lunch/dinner by him were worst. We were charged exorbitant prices for all the food items. He didn't help us to negotiate the prices anywhere. The driver was not willing to pick up/ drop as per our timing requirements or convenience. It was as per his convenience. Thus we ended up paying for local conveyance for our usual sight seeing. The prices charged by travel agency for sight seeing activities were over the top high (e.g: Whale watching through agency was 9000/- LKR per head whereas we scouted and arranged a local agent for the same activity and paid 6500/- LKR which included free pick-up and drop and breakfast) Last but not the least, we almost missed our flight to Chennai because of the routes and driving style of the driver. Luckily we had Google Maps and came to know about the alternate highway route which had toll again paid by us. We will never recommend this agency or driver again for our family/friends visiting Sri Lanka. All the places which we added separately that were not part of the itinerary was the most enjoyable experience for us.
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      Jatinkumar Patel

      Chennai, 17 days ago

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    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.

    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.

    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.

    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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