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Colombo Travel Guide

Tucked in Sri Lanka’s west coast, Colombo is a highly development city in Sri Lanka and is also nicknamed as the ‘Commercial Capital of Sri Lanka’. It is a perfect blend of the bygone and the contemporary Sri Lanka as well as a gorgeous portrayal of the varied contrasts of this aesthetic country. One can engross in the modern look of this city while being in the luxurious hotels prevalent at this place. Colombo has much more to offer than what a visitor can even imagine of as it is surely a delight for every kind of person, whether a history-lover, businessmen, bookworm or else a foodie. A trip to Colombo is undoubtedly going to fill up your vacations as you can try your hands on abundant activities here. These include Shopping in the Pettah, walking on the Galle Face Green, indulging in the artistic beauty of the city’s museums and also get up close with the wildlife here.

Colombo Map

7.5 million

Top Sites

Galle Fort, Pettah Market, Viharamahadevi Park

April to June

27°C to 30°C

July to Sep

25°C to 27°C

Oct to Feb

20°C to 22°C

An Insight into Colombo Tourism

The Lankan City Of Trade, Tourism, Temple & Ocean

Colombo, The Largest City And The Financial & Commercial Capital Of Sri Lanka Is A Good Start To Your Sri Lanka Tour. This Capital Of Yester Years Has Retained Its Dignity As Sri Lanka's Prime City And The Current Capital City, Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte, Lies Within The Urban Colombo. Rich Colonial Heritage, Beautiful Beach, Hustle-Bustle City Life And Some Scenic Tourist Attractions Characterize This City. Colombo Natural Harbor Dates Back To History Of Over 2,000 Years When This Place Was Popular And Was Known To Traders From India, Greece, Persia, Rome, China And Arab. Colombo From The 1700s To The 1815 Was Controlled By The Portuguese, Dutch And The British In Phases And Later British Controlled The Entire Island Wit Colombo As Capital. It Was Sometime In 1980s The Administrative Capital Was Moved To Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte Making Colombo Free To Grow On Commercial Activities.

Colombo Is A Beautiful Coastal City And A Preferred Place By Travelers To Spend A Couple Of Days Relaxing. When Here Do Indulge In The Local Food And Leisure Activities For The Real Fun. Colombo Is Visited By Tourist Throughout The Year Any Owing To Its Tropical Climate. The Flip Side Of This Place I.E., Intense Heat And Humidity Can Spoil Your Holiday If Not Planned & Executed Carefully.

The City Holds A Decent Number Of Tourist Attractions To Keep Travelers Engaged. The Galle Face Green, Viharamahadevi Park And The Beira Lake, Are The Most Popular Places For Daytime Picnics Or Just To Relax And Spend Some Quality Time With Yourself.

Buddhist Temples Here, Attract Tourist For Their Serenity. The Gangaramaya, The Kelaniya Raj Maha Vihara And The Buddha Statues At Seema Malakaya Are Some Of The Most Popular Ones. Colombo Has Many Relics & Structures That Date Back To The Colonial Era And Early History Of This Place. The City Is Dotted With Museums In Buildings That Were Once Used By The Colonial Heads Like The Dutch Museum Now Was The Dutch Governor Of Ceylon’s Residence In The Past And The Dutch Prison Of That Era Is Now A Maritime Museum. Some Must Visit Museums Here Are The National Museum Of Colombo (Sri Lanka National Museum), Which Is The Largest Museum In Colombo And It Contains Remains Like Clothes, Insignias And Other Articles Of Use Of The Kandyan Kings Of 17th Century. The Other One Is The Natural History Museum, Which Features Sri Lanka's Flora And Fauna In Dioramas. The City Also Has A Number Of Art Galleries That Amuse The Art Lovers. The Sapumal Foundation, The Lionel Wendt Memorial Art Centre And Others Provides A Multi-Faceted Creative Experience To Art Loving Tourists Here.

Colombo City Is Vibrant With Local Markets. The Famous Pettah Bazaar Holds Thousands Of Vendors Selling Everything From Spices And Tea To Textiles And Jewelry, Thus Making Colombo A Great Place For Shopaholics. One Can Find A Broad Choice Of Local Handlooms & Handicrafts Too. When Done With Shopping, Indulge In Some Local Food And Try Those Amazing Variety Of Sea Foods And Local Cuisine.

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