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The city of Colombo is Sri Lanka’s largest city, its commercial capital, and the former capital of the country. Colombo is going through a rapid development phase, and has seen many changes to its skyline over the past few years. Book your holidays to Colombo, where it is always summer, and the clean, bustling city will charm you at every opportunity. From the busy markets of Pettah and the transport hub of Fort to the Metropolitan Kollupitiya and Bambalapitiya areas, to the high-class residential areas of Cinnamon Gardens – the famous Colombo 07 area – Colombo has so many facets to experience. Colombo is also home to some iconic hotels, famous restaurants and rustic eateries, where you have the chance to taste authentic, and invariably spicy, Sri Lankan cuisine, filled to the brim with flavour to keep your taste buds tingling. Colombo is also a great place for shopping, and a bargain is always around the corner. Travel Center offers all inclusive holidays to make your trip to Colombo a memorable one. Get in touch with one of our experts today, and leave everything to us. Book holidays to Colombo with us and experience this vibrant, colourful city at its very best.
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UTC/GMT +5:30 hours
SriLankan Airlines, Emirates, Jet Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways
Sinhala, Tamil, English
Best Time to Travel
February to May
Modes of Transport
Bus, Boats, Car, Train, Tuk tuk
Currency Exchange Rate
1.00 GBP = 213.44 LKR
TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT
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Galle Face Green
An ocean-side urban park, the Galle Face Green is located at the heart of Colombo. The largest open space in Colombo, the Galle Face Green is a popular weekend recreation spot bordered by famous hotels. The Galle Face Green features swimming, sea-bathing, kite flying, picnics and plenty of Sri Lankan street food.
One of the most popular temples in Sri Lanka, the Gangaramaya Temple showcases the modern architecture and cultural essence of Sri Lanka. This Temple is located at the Beira Lake and features a Bo Tree, an assembly hall, a relic chamber, a museum, a library, a three-storied pirivena (monasatic college) and many other halls.
The largest Museum in Sri Lanka, the National Museum is located in a grand colonial building. The exhibits of this Museum display the ancient history of Sri Lanka by showcasing an extensive collection of artifacts belonging to the royal monarchs. The National Museum also features ancient arts and paintings, palm-leaf inscriptions and natural sciences.
National Zoological Gardens
One of the oldest Zoos in Asia, the National Zoological Gardens places an emphasis on animal conservation, welfare and education. The beautifully landscaped Zoo is home to over 300 species of animals and features an aquarium, a butterfly park, animal shows, medicinal plants, a reptile chamber and elegantly designed pathways.
A stunning landmark in Colombo, the Viharamahadevi Park is the largest public park in Colombo. This Park features luscious green grass, beautifully paved pathways, towering old trees, elegant benches and a serene environment. The Park also comprises of a mini aquarium, a children’s play area, pony rides, water fountains and food stalls.
Arcade Independence Square
An iconic landmark and shopping complex, the Arcade Independence Square is housed in signature colonial buildings. This beautifully landscaped complex comprises high-end shopping stores, top-notch Sri Lankan restaurants and fast-food outlets. The most notable feature of this complex is its elegant fountains and walk-on fish tank that mesmerizes visitors.
Colombo Dutch Museum
One of the must-visit places in Colombo, the Dutch Museum is housed in a well-preserved Dutch building from the 70’s. The most notable feature of this mansion’s architecture is its spacious courtyard. The Dutch Museum comprises artifacts that showcase the Dutch legacy by featuring Dutch furniture, weaponry, ceramics and Dutch documents.
A historic landmark in Colombo, the Independence Square features a memorial hall and a breathtaking green lawn built to commemorate the independence of Sri Lanka. A famous tourist attraction, the Independence Square is now a popular spot for recreation and jogging. This heritage site comprises of ancient architecture featuring elaborate stone carvings and paintings.
Mount Lavania Beach
An amazing public beach bordered by restaurants and luxurious hotels, the Mount Lavania Beach is the main sea-bathing spot in Sri Lanka. Popularly known for its stunning displays of the sunset, the Mount Lavania beach is a famous tourist attraction for swimming and recreation. This beach also hosts epic beach parties and other celebrations.
Considered to be the oldest building in Colombo, the Dutch hospital comprises of a shopping complex and dining restaurants. Built in the 17th century, it features the Dutch colonial architecture and comprises 5 wings and 2 courtyards. The massive teak beams, ancient paintings and open verandah add to the appeal of the Dutch hospital.