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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 Colombo

      Overall good experience, but few things we stayed for 5days and in which 3 hotels were best and rest 2 we below not even average, overall travel was too much via car should have been made it better by the agent at Srilanka, Which finally gave us mixed review on tour. Srilanka is a nice place should travel. Cinimon Chain Hotels hospitality. Sea Food Colombo city
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      Shijo Mathew Abraham

      Faridabad, 10 days ago

    • Trip to Colombo

      Excellent & Very Beautiful Country....!! The wild @ Sigriya having excellent and adventurous location. Cinnamon Citadel @ Kandy provide us very memorable welcome. Whether at Kandy was really excellent and we enjoyed a lot. Okary Tea Bush @ Nuwara eliya hotel was good. It's too cold place. Nice view from window. @ Bentota we stayed at two resorts-pandanus beach and cinnamon bay. Both properties are excellent. Cinnamon is very big property with all amenities. @ colombo we stayed at Marino Beach. At sight very slow process of check in. Rooms were not ready. But after check in property is excellent with rooftop pool. Over and above all stars goes toTravel Ceylon who has arranged this trip for us. Sales personal Mr. Chatura is having excellent knowledge and skill and ability to customize package according to our requirement. All members of trip are highly satisfied with the way they provided service. Last but not least, Mr. Dilipa our guide has help us a lot for roaming around all places according to interney. Finally Driver was also excellent and ride us safely during entire Journey. 7star appraisal to Travel ceylon. Cold Whether at Nuwara Eliya and Boating experience was awesome. Would definitely visit srilanka again If I get chance. Inspite of Bad happened in April, entire country is moving ahead to uplifting country. Thanks to all Local to whom we interact.
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      Bhaumik Patel

      Ahmedabad, 13 days ago

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      Sri Lanka is an island country..where the contours of the land itself forms a kind of sinewy poetry. A very special island that travellers, from Sinbad to Marco Polo, dreamed about and with similar aspirations, me and my fiancée decided to visit SL for our honeymoon. We explored different options and stumbled upon Travel Triangle, who seemed well versed with SL, were offering competitive prices. Had a Chat an online agent - Swati and within a day, we received 4 quotes from 4 Vendors. We decided to go forward with 'Direct Link' as the Travel Co-ordinator Anto, was polite/courteous, knowledgable and honest, was able to understand our requirements and provide the best tour schedule i.e 5 days and 4 nights at Colombo/Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Nuwara Eliya - Bentota - Bentota/Colombo. This ensured that we were able to enjoy various topographies urban/hill station/mountains/beach. Anto co-ordinated end to end right from time we had initial chat to the time we completed the tour. We Had to pay 10% as Booking and the remaining amount was paid just before we boarded our flight to Colombo from Chennai. ( They do give option to pay the remaining amount on arrival in Colombo, however, with network issues, it might be tad difficult, esp in receiving OTPs et all) Mr Hafis was our assigned tour guide as well as transporter. He was a through professional, brilliant knowledge and insights on the tourist places. He was so amazing with providing all the statistics, dates, dimensions, USPs of the places that made us admire and appreciate the places even more than we would have probably done. Also, special mention about his driving skills, we spent so much time on road but not once we experienced any jerk or lack of comfort. All the Hotels were brilliant - Topaz (Kandy) , Galway Heights(Nuwara Eliya) and Pandanus Beach Resort & Spa (Bentota). Staff, Room/View from Room and Food. Word of caution - If you are a VEG like me, it is rather important that you let reception know about it , as and when you check-in the hotel. Direct Link are experts in chalking out the travel schedule in such a way that you enjoy the max number of tourist places in as little time as possible. Of all the travel options provided, we enjoyed the below mentioned the most - Ambevala Farm, Strawberry Farm Batik Factory and Gems Museum Bluefield Tea Estate ( Mohamed the Tea Guide was Brilliant) Ramboda, Devon and St Clair's Falls Gangaramaya Temple Gregory Lake Hanuman Temple and Sita Amman Kovil Kandy Lake, Temple of Tooth Relic and Kandyan Cultural Show, Upper Lake Drive Madu River Safari - CINNAMON ISLAND-BUDDHIST TEMPLE-HINDU TEMPLE - DELTA- FISH FARM Marine Drive Important National Monuments Nuwara Eliya Post Office and Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage ( Break Fast at Villa Pinnewala) Addressing the elephant in the room, the security in SL post the 21st April attacks is pretty heavy and upto the mark. Just be prepared for random checks of the car by the Sri Lankan Army. However, it does not have much impact on your experience. No matter where you go, you are greeted by the happily smiling Sri Lankan, as afterall they do hold the World Record of most plesant and smiling people in the world record i.e ~ 86% of the poulation (Another gem shared by our tour guide - Hafis) We had a great time in Lanka and take this opportunity to THANK Travel Triangle, Swati, Direct Link, Anto and Hafis for making this a beautiful trip that we will cherish forever.
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      Arvind Kumar

      Chennai, 23 days ago

    • Trip to Colombo

      Hello we have visited Srilanka as on 6 th June 17, 2019 would like to mention that Narang (Travel Triangle Holiday Expert) was extremely helpful. We were five couple to visit Sri Lanka . Secondly, Madhusudan(Tropical Ceylon Experts) who was working with Tropical Ceylon was left job .when we reach at Colombo Air port owner Mr. Sujeet was to receive us, made sure our requirements are met. Thirdly, our chauffeur guide Mr.Dilip was not knowing Hindi, so we have faced lot of problem of under sting language, he was cooperative but left us on 4th day and back to his home, Tempo Driver does not know English so last 2 days was not received any information of sight sneering that day there was need of Mr. Narang but he was also not available. Any how we have enjoyed Trip. As per our quotation Tropical Ceylon has to give us Hindi specking Guide, but given English specking Guide, most of our friend doesn’t understand English, this was main problems. Food and hotels was very good
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      Dhananjay Raghopant Kulkarni

      Aurangabad, a month ago

    • Trip to Colombo

      It's good and nice trip to Colombo Kandy and Nuwara Eliya is best place and enjoyed a lot.
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      Sudhir Kulal

      Mangalore, a month ago

    • Trip to Colombo

      Visited Sri Lanka with Travco adventures through Travel Triangle. Was a bit apprehensive about the sensitive situation in Colombo. But Mr. Shanil from Travco rest assured me of our safety. He did good arrangements for us. The vehicle and the driver were very good. The hotels provided were good except for The Grand Concord, Colombo. The executive from Travel triangle was calling multiple times till the booking was done. But sorry to say, once they received their payment, nobody bothered to answer our calls or queries. Had read about previous reviews of travel triangle on the net and I share the same views. Once they get their payment.. They don't wish to know you. Wonderful Sri Lanka. Nuwara Elliya was breathtakingly beautiful. The beach at Bentota was fabulous. The staff of all the hotels were very cordial and welcoming.
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      Mahek Makhija

      Chennai, 2 months ago

    • Trip to Colombo

      Service of agent is really above the mark and helpful to each and every person in our 42 member group. TT as mediator is not helpful or even concerned about it's customer. While it's clearly written and double clarified about no cancellation before 28 days of tour, it's cost me 160$ for 2 people out of 44 people. Water rafting at Kithulgala Water Sports at Bentota and Belly's Casino in Colombo .
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      Jigar Girish Shah

      Colombo, 2 months ago

    • Trip to Colombo

      Had a wonderful time in Srilanka. Thanks to Chathura for planning our itinerary . Apart from Oak ray tea Bush hotel, rest was superb. Special mention to our Chauffeur Mr Nandana, he took care of us very well. Highly recommended these guys . My trip started with tragic bomb blasts in colombo for which our prayers are with people of Srilanka. At this tough time it was ensured from the tropical ceylon team and especially our chauffeur Mr Nandana that we are safe , coordinating with authorities and ensuring we donot enter or go towards affected areas. People of Srilanka are very friendly and always ensure that they help to their best of abilities.
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      Hemanth Kumar Mangalore

      Bengaluru, 3 months ago

    • Trip to Colombo

      Sri Lanka We visited Sri Lanka for company offsite, we really had a good time. Hotel arrangements in Colombo and Galle is very good. Vehicle arrangements were up to the mark. Guide was there with us through out our journey who supported us with sight seeing activities and guided to visit joints to taste local delicacies.
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      Asahi Kasei India Pvt Ltd

      The capital, 3 months ago

    • Trip to Colombo

      Fantastic experience from the start to the finish. A big thank you to Divya (travel teriangle) and Ganidu (akin Lanka). These guys are the one to go to. Absolutely amazing experience with them both. My parents reached just the day before the unfortunate event of bombing in and around Colombo. But Ganidu from the Akin Lanka was amazing in assisting them throughout and the driver Saliya was exceptionally amazing and treated my parents with utmost respect and looked after them so well. Thank you so much guys. This is what true Sri Lanka is, the best hospitality ever. God bless. Best wishes from all of us.
      NH

      Nitinkumar Hirji Pandhi

      3 months ago

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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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