Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, is replete with colonial heritage and culture that lures travellers from across the globe. The place served as the administrative centre of the Portuguese in the bygone era and had been an important trading centre owing to its strategic location along with the large harbour. It was during the rule of the British that the city was made the capital of Sri Lanka, and since then, it has retained its stature.
The metropolis is dotted with numerous shopping arcades, verdant gardens and bustling streets, but what leaves the tourists spellbound is the architectural grandeur of its ancient edifices. Besides the age-old charm, Colombo draws the attention of discerning travellers with its vibrant nightlife as the place houses several fancy nightclubs, casinos and bars. A melange of architectural and cultural vividness, this city truly presents itself as a traveller's delight and one of the must-visit destinations in Sri Lanka.
Attractions in Colombo
Colombo National Museum
Colombo National Museum was set up in 1877 by Sir William Henry Gregory - the then British Governor of Sri Lanka. It displays a collection of paintings, sketches and sculptures dating back to 4th century BC.
Independence Memorial Hall
The Independence Memorial Hall was built in Colombo after the victory of Sri Lanka over Britishers. It is one of the major landmarks of the nation and encompasses a museum and verdant park within its premises.
Galle Face Green
Offering fascinating sunset views, Galle Face Green lies along the coastline of the Indian Ocean. Situated in the heart of Colombo, this promenade attracts several tourists all round the year.
Viharamahadevi Park, established during the rule of Britishers, is one of the largest parks in Colombo. Named after Queen Viharamahadevi, this park features a mini zoo, a massive Buddha statue, a children's play area and a series of water fountains.
A tourist hotspot in Colombo city, the Kathiresan Kovil features idols of several deities in its sanctum and beautiful frescoes on its walls. This temple, devoted to God Skanda, has two shrines in its premises – New Kathiresan Kovil and Old Kathiresan Kovil.
A commercial area in Colombo, the Fort is dotted with many buildings that showcase the city's architectural heritage. From the World Trade Centre to the Old Lighthouse, this area offers much for travellers to see and experience.
Established in 1936, Dehiwala Zoo is a man-made habitat for varied species of mammals, butterflies and birds. Encompassing a well-manicured garden and museum, this zoological park is famous for the performances done by different animals.
Gangaramaya Temple is an age-old Buddhist shrine, which was established by one of the revered scholar monks. Situated near Beira Lake, this temple complex encompasses an assembly hall and a vocational training institute.
Pettah is an open-air market, the entrance to which is marked by a magnificent monument. It is famous for watches, shoes, bags, jewellery, mobile phones, electronics, souvenirs and spices.
Town Hall serves as headquarters of the Colombo Municipal Council and is the office of the city's Mayor. This striking white edifice is built in typical British-style architecture and is donned with imposing columns.
Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH)
Covering around 37-acre land, BMICH is a multi-functional convention centre comprising 9 different buildings. Known for offering hi-tech conference facilities, this place is recorded as the top exhibition complex in South Asia.
Our Recommended Hotels in Colombo
48, Janadhipathi Mawathamore...
The Kingsbury is a premium property in Colombo that has 1 Presidential Suite, 207 luxurious rooms and 21 Suites. These rooms are equipped with all modern amenities, such as satellite television, iron and ironing board, tea/coffee maker, Wi-Fi and bathroom toiletries. Besides these, the hotel offers facilities like multi-lingual staff, 24-hour in-room dining, fitness centre, swimming pool, babysitting, business centre and children’s amenities. The hotel has four restaurants and 4 bars and lounges where guests can not only enjoy great food but also finest drinks. There are quite a few event venues in the premises that can be ideal choices for holding meetings, seminars, conferences and even social events.
30 Sir Mohamed Macan Markar Mawatha, PO Box 1202more...
Ramada Colombo is a premium property in the Sri Lankan capital. It offers rooms to its guests in different categories that are provided with all requisite amenities. The hotel also offers other services and facilities, such as business centre, babysitting, outdoor pool, sauna, steam, fitness centre and laundry. There is a restaurant on site where guests can head to enjoy delicious meals. They can head to the 24-hour coffee shop to enjoy lights snacks, tea and coffee. The hotel also has meeting and banqueting spaces that can be used for hosting meetings and social events.
No 100C, Road to Capital City, Sri Jayawardenepuramore...
The Sovereign Corporate Hotel in Colombo merges modernity with traditional design with its wooden, glass, brass and concrete structure. Airport transfer and pick-up, parking space, travel desk, reception and laundry services are offered to every guest. It has a number of meeting and conference halls equipped with screens and chart-boards. The hotel also features a long rectangular swimming pool and gardens for recreational purposes. Its restaurant, named The Vault, overlooks the garden and serves local as well as international food items. There are 60 guestrooms at the property and all have air-conditioning, all-day room service, phones with long-distance call facility, satellite TVs, Wi-Fi connections and attached bathrooms.
64 Lotus Roadmore...
Situated on Lotus Road, Galadari Hotel occupies a prime location in Colombo. It is accessible within a 30-minute drive from Bandaranaike International Airport. This plush property offers a wide range of recreational facilities that make for a memorable holiday. Guests can de-stress after a hectic sightseeing tour by a luxury massage therapy or plunging into the swimming pool. The steam room, fitness centre and tennis court are also available for leisure time engagement. For some more entertainment, step into the Margarita Blue Retro Pub where can be enjoyed best live music or played a round of snooker. The various convention halls on site are ideal venues for hosting meetings, conferences, banquets and weddings. For a fine dining experience, guests can visit the on-site California Grill, Flavours Indian Restaurant and Sheherezade Arabic Restaurant. Besides, the hotel also has a coffee shop, bar and pastry shop. Accommodation here is available in rooms and suites categories, both of which feature opulent décor and modern amenities.
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