Best Places to visit in Colombo
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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.
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...
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...
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...
- Bird Watching
Beira Lake in Colombo
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...
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...
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...
- 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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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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Deepak's 7 days trip to ColomboGood hotels! Resourceful driver cum guide! My only issue is with the booking process. Travel triangle took 25 days to finalise my booking even though i was instantly getting back to them with updates/changes to my tour itinerary. I am otherwise completely satisfied with the trip.
Abhishek's 6 days trip to ColomboI missed my flight from chennai to colombo due to, your improper connecting flight scheduling, Indigo flight from Delhi to Chennai being delayed and due to reschedule of Indigo flight from 5:55am to 5:40am and by the time I reached the checkin gates were already closed.Due to which I have to book another flight from Chennai to Colombo on Sri lankan Airlines that costed me around Rs. 13794.There is no update from your side that what all are you doing to get my money reimbursed from Indigo because of missed flights as there was no fault of mine for the same and your travel agent told me that they are helpless and you your self need to talk to the Indigo Airlines. Secondly I need a complete distribution of my bills explaining me clearly my flights cost, travel cost, hotels and others which ideally should be done before payment even but I have not received it even after payments and even after my trip
Shashank's 6 days trip to ColomboI booked my trip through Udani and had great experience, Ravishi is spot on right from answering my queries to following up on the trip and post my trip. she is very polite and guided me well. on my Arrival i meet my drive and guide Ravi he is a amazing guy he has taken me to the nicest places to eat and explore. i will surely recommend Udani to the traveler and will soon be back to explore Srilanka further more. cheers. shashank
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Anil's 11 days trip to ColomboWe undertook 11 days tour of Sri Lanka from 29th Feb to 10th March 2020 and visited Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya, Mirissa, Bentota and Colombo. The entire tour was well planned by the travel agency and it was quite comfortable tour. Taxi driver with luxurious sedan was with us for the entire tour from day one and provided Sim card for connectivity and also worked as guide. We stayed for 2 days at certain places but no local sightseeing on the first day was arranged by the Agency. At some places food was not to our taste. In all tour was very satisfying and comfortable.
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Sree's 6 days trip to ColomboI had one of the best experience with SEEMAX Travels. I was on a vacation to Srilanka for 6 days with family and my friends family. Seemax travel arranged each and everything in an organized manner and every thing was up to the mark.Driver Rajakaruna was a very professional and amazing person. He picked up on time from the Airport and also helped us in exploring places in Srilanka. All the Hotels were awesome with all amenities, Food was really great and more than our expectation. They were able to cover all the places as per the itinerary which was requested by us. I would like to thank Dilshan and team for making this holiday an amazing experience. I would also want to recommend SEEMAX TRAVEL FOR YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE. It is one-stop for all your travel info at affordable prices. Seemax Travel is trustworthy.
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Aatish's 7 days trip to ColomboI tried my hands on Travel Triangle for the First time and i must say i was in good hands.
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Ieavinash's 6 days trip to ColomboCeyathra Destination had quoted the highest price (about 50-60 USD more) than its counterparts for a 6 day 7 night trip in March 2020. However, we stuck to Ceyathra because Gishan interacted personally and solved each and every query that we had before the trip. He was available 24*7 and was quick with responses and feedback. He showed amazing flexibility in making changes to the tour schedule and made sure we had a comfortable and fun filled experience. He and his driver Chitra had made sure that our 88 year old father who was travelling with us was comfortable too. Right from picking up at the Colombo airport, to dropping us back Ceyathra Destination offered immaculate service which came in form of Chatura the driver. Not only did he took personal care of all of us but also made sure we got the best Forex rates while buying the local currency. He not only drove us safely and showed us a number of places, but also went out of the way to get us good discounts. His wit came as a bonus for all of us. I recommend Ceyathra Destination to all those planning to travel to Sri Lanka ... Please be assured of personal care and promises will be kept. Thank you for reading ... Gishan can also be contacted on +94 76 804 8729 Climbing Sigriya rock, Dambulla caves, elephant safari, rafting, boat ride on bentota river and a swim on the beaches are not to be missed
Samhitha's 5 days trip to ColomboWe enjoyed our trip to Sri Lanka. We were showered with immense care an attention throughout the trip, which made us feel safe at all times. Special shoutout to Ishraq from DirectLink and Vishal for co-ordinating such a wonderful trip.
Padmajakonisetti's 4 days trip to ColomboWe booked our SL trip with Amaralanka Travels . Their service was good. We had Mr. Indica Kumar as our driver and tour guide. He was with us throughout the trip- Quite helpful. We traveled to Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Bentota. The travel agent didn't realise that we asked for 4 nights. We stayed the 4th night on our own in Bentota and took a trip to Mirissa. All this we did after consulting with our driver assuming that he is in touch with the travel agency. On the 5th morning, when we were supposed to be dropped at Colombo, the travel agency informs that we need to pay additional amount. When asked why we were not informed when we landed at airport and paid the balance amount to the agent or by the agency over message or call in the first 4 days, the travel agency person turned rude and started abusing us that we were making a fuss. We were ready to pay the balance amount but the agency person turned it all bitter for us on the last day. The first hotel in Kandy could have been better. Except the last glitch, their service was good.
Rushabh's 9 days trip to ColomboAll the services provided by Relax Lanka were amazing except one of the hotel which were not upto the mark and that was Lavendish Beach Resort, Unwantuna as the services were poor as well as the housekeeping were not that as expected. The lights and exhaust fans were not working in bathroom and bed room area. The breakfast provided during the safari of whale and dolphin watching were terrible and tasteless. Even the dinner were not impressive as expected and only that was the sad part or else everything was amazing. The driver cum guide was superb, polite, caring and very nice. All other hotel including: Nebula, Lavendish Okrin, Serendib were fantastic and hope to see Sri Lanka again with the remaining itinerary left from the part of Sri Lanka.
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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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