As the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo holds the lifeblood of Sri Lanka amidst the bustling array of cultural, shopping, and dining experiences. Can reach Colombo less than one hour from Katunayake through the expressway and is packed with an entire day’s worth of adventures for you to experience.
Gangarama temple is one of the most distinguished Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka and a specimen of historical importance. Galle Face Green is a sprawling expanse of green settled between the Ceylon intercontinental hotel and Galle face green hotel which is frequently visited by tourists and locals for fresh air walking sessions. Viharamahadevi park is one of the popular places for visitors both locals and foreigners. It is considered as the oldest park in Colombo. While preparing the list of places to visit in Colombo, a visit to the National Museum has to be in your lust for being of the leading cultural institutions in the country. It has more than 100,000 items on the display of the cultural and natural heritage of the country. Taking a stroll around the massive building of Dutch colonial era is one of the best activities to do in the Colombo trip which takes you back to the time of Dutch occupied Colombo. This is truly a combination of both heritage and modern architecture.
The independence memorial hall located in independence square offers you an inspirational reprieve from the urban chaos of Colombo city. You can rent a bicycle and take a stroll around the nook and corner of the hall and behold its architectural marvels. Located in the lap of tranquil natural settings amidst the emerald water of Beira Lake, Seema Malakaya is another ideal retreat for visitors to relax. It should not miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya, one of the sacrosanct Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. It is one of the most acclaimed architectural wonders of Asia.
Colombo Lotus Tower is also one of the most favorite and famous tourist sites in Colombo. This tower is the tallest tower in South Asia and the 11th tallest tower in entire Asia. Now it has become one of the major tourist attractions in Sri Lanka and is very popular among tourists. Port city Colombo is another developing city that will be developed as one of south Asia’s premiere residential, retail, and business destination, offering unmatched planned city living along with the warm waters in the Indian Ocean. One can visit Colombo City Center which represents the best of Sri Lanka with an innovative design inspired by Colombo’s rich cultural heritage, and integrated with the style of a progressive Sri Lanka.
If you are taking the little members of your family, the national zoological garden of Sri Lanka at Dehiwala zoological Garden is one of the best places to visit. This is considered as one of the earliest menageries in Asia which offers a complete entertainment package for kids to explore the wildlife. Mount Lavinia Beach with golden sand, blue water, and the Tamil food available near the beach make visiting this beach one of the best activities to do in Colombo.
You can have one of the best street food experiences in the Colombo tour. As it is said, one can understand the epicurean culture of a place by its local food available mostly in the roadside stalls. Not only that the coastal city of Colombo is a hub of sumptuous delicacies that you should not skip tasting if you are a real foodie. Drinking an orange coconut which can not only thirst but also make you crave more is ideal during the journey. Shopping is one of the most pleasurable and must-do activities to do in Colombo. Paradise road on Dharmapala Mawatha is a flagship store of varied branded objects such as gift items, crockery sets, home décor, handicrafts, apparel, and many more and must stopover for tourists who want to buy souvenirs and other branded items on their Colombo trip.