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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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      Was a mistake going to this destination. Nothing great. TT agent in Lanka misguided us on some issues. None except the cab driver who was a nice guy.
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      Kavita Batra

      New delhi 16 hours ago

    • Trip to Sri Lanka

      Overall trip was good but with a few sour moments. Also as mentioned in the inclusions we weren't provided with bed decorations and honeymoon cake, this was not expected
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      Mumbai 17 hours ago

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      It was an excellent planning and support provided by the Daya Holidays team. Special mention to the planner & co-ordinator Madumalee who has covered all the places we wanted to visit in the short trip of 4 days. The Vehicle provided for the journey was excellent & the hotel bookings were good with minor hiccups here & there but rectified on notice. The plan was well executed by the Chauffer Sheryl who was along with us for the entire trip right from picking up us from the airport till send off at the mid night after 4 days. Few cons are : We Couldnt see a glimpse of our travel insurance as assured... Water Bottles, Sim cards and other things which are mentioned immediately available at airport are not immediately available. However we have followed up to receive the same. Overall it was a good experience :-)
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      Excellent trip. Hats off to our driver Kanthana did a great job, took really good care of us throughout the trip. Elephant and river safari
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      New delhi 2 days ago

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      This was my first experience with TravelTriangle. I liked the convenience of getting connected with several travel agents sitting at my desk. However, my experience with the travel agent was not very good, details of which are mentioned below. I found the travel agent very inflexible with respect to the payment terms. They were very insistent on accepting cash payment in USD, that too, right at the airport itself. I requested them to accept partial payment online, but they did not agree. I requested them to accept payment by card but they did not agree. I requested them to accept the payment in Indian currency, which option was offered by their representative himself earlier, but they included double currency conversion in their calculations, that too with bad rates, thereby increasing the due amount by a considerable amount. As a result, I was left with no other option but to buy USD at the airport (which, as is common knowledge, is not a good place to get a good exchange rate). To top it all, their representative who was supposed to collect the payment from me did not even turn up at the airport! Had they told me earlier, at least I could have bought dollars from a place offering better rates. The vehicle they allotted to me for my tour was not one of the makes they had promised earlier. While the make wasn't such a big issue for me, a bigger issue was the condition of the vehicle. Its shockers were not in a good shape and made a lot of noise on smaller bumps too. In addition, while they had previously promised that the driver-cum-guide would know English, the driver who actually turned up knew very little English. I had to ask them to get the vehicle and driver changed. The worst part of my experience was that on two occasions during the trip, they had booked a room category lower than what they had promised to me. This happened despite the fact that I had categorically asked them beforehand to mention the room category on their quote. Not just that, they failed to get me the agreed-upon room category even after I contacted them from the hotel.
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      Delhi 2 days ago

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      This was my first experience with TravelTriangle. I liked the convenience of getting connected with several travel agents sitting at my desk. However, my experience with the travel agent was not very good, details of which are mentioned below. I found the travel agent very inflexible with respect to the payment terms. They were very insistent on accepting cash payment in USD, that too, right at the airport itself. I requested them to accept partial payment online, but they did not agree. I requested them to accept payment by card but they did not agree. I requested them to accept the payment in Indian currency, which option was offered by their representative himself earlier, but they included double currency conversion in their calculations, that too with bad rates, thereby increasing the due amount by a considerable amount. As a result, I was left with no other option but to buy USD at the airport (which, as is common knowledge, is not a good place to get a good exchange rate). To top it all, their representative who was supposed to collect the payment from me did not even turn up at the airport! Had they told me earlier, at least I could have bought dollars from a place offering better rates. The vehicle they allotted to me for my tour was not one of the makes they had promised earlier. While the make wasn't such a big issue for me, a bigger issue was the condition of the vehicle. Its shockers were not in a good shape and made a lot of noise on smaller bumps too. In addition, while they had previously promised that the driver-cum-guide would know English, the driver who actually turned up knew very little English. I had to ask them to get the vehicle and driver changed. The worst part of my experience was that on two occasions during the trip, they had booked a room category lower than what they had promised to me. This happened despite the fact that I had categorically asked them beforehand to mention the room category on their quote. Not just that, they failed to get me the agreed-upon room category even after I contacted them from the hotel.
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      Kumar

      Delhi 2 days ago

    • Trip to Sri Lanka

      Had a great trip. Aziz travels took time to plan out a neat itenary and cover most of the places. Special mention to Khafil(driver/tour guide) who became more a friend through the trip and we had a safe and a nice company through out the tour. The vehicle was good and very comfortable.
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      Shashank Ramesh

      Bengaluru 3 days ago

    • Trip to Sri Lanka

      TT has given me a memorable trip. That was awesome experience. Agents should be even more friendly. I was following up for an information. If that info was given by travel agent without me following up several times, it would have been even more good. People at Sri Lanka we're charging us more for everything. TT should include entry fee for all Itinerary. Beach view room given by hotel.
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      Chethu Sure

      Bengaluru 3 days ago

    • Trip to Sri Lanka

      Driver assigned for our tour, Mr. Rohita was execellent. Can give him 5 stars. Whale watching in Mirissa
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      Yes 4 days ago

    • Trip to Sri Lanka

      Me and my husband planned Sri Lanka for our 1st anniversary. It is a beautiful island and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Sri Lanka holds everything from beautiful beaches to mountains . Cinnamon bey beruwala hotel and the beach was best that we enjoyed .
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      Delhi 4 days 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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