This seaside metropolis is the nation’s capital and the ultimate culture hub of Sri Lanka. It is an eclectic mix of the old and the new, and wherever you go, you are bound to see something interesting. This iconic city rose from the colonial past, and its evidence is everywhere. An intermix of cultures has placed stunning Buddhist and Hindu temples, mosques, and churches across the city. From the street food scene to the fine-dining scene, Colombo food does not disappoint. Invigorate your traveller senses with a tuk-tuk ride around the city and savour an indulgent high tea at a stylish colonial-style hotel. And if shopping is on your mind, Colombo is where you need to be.
- Traditional Puppet Art Museum, where performing troupes stage puppet show.
- The Lotus Tower – currently, South Asia’s tallest self-supported structure.
- Independence Square contains a large stone edifice resembling a Kandyan Audience Hall.
- Old Galle Buck Lighthouse provides sweeping views of the ocean and port.
- Dutch Hospital is a restored 1600s colonial complex containing shops and cafes.
- Viharamahadevi Park is the only central park in Colombo and has a mini zoo and children’s play area.
Best Times to Visit
Colombo is an all-year-round destination.
Galle Face Green
Originally, made for cannon firing by the Dutch, this long strip of green grass along the beach provides respite and pleasant evening walks.
The National Museum
The museum exhibits the most important artifacts from Sri Lanka’s history and includes a 4th century Buddha statue and the royal throne and crown.
The Dutch Museum
This 17th century mansion, once the residence of the Dutch governor, exhibits Dutch colonial artifacts including, furniture, ceramics, coins, and weaponry.
Built in the 19th century, and known as the Red Mosque, this red and white striped building holds the largest congregation of prayer in Sri Lanka.
This temple complex, which is the oldest in Colombo, holds a staggering number of Buddha statues, art, and carvings, and the Simamalaka Shrine.
Sri Kailawasanathan Temple
The intricate carvings, paintings, and architecture of this Hindu temple make it an impressive sight. It is the oldest Hindu temple in Colombo.
Where to Shop in Colombo
Shopping is one of the best Colombo experiences. The Arcade Independence Square, The Colombo City Centre, Paradise Road, Barefoot Garden, Pettah Floating Market, and Pettah markets are just a few places to go.
Where to Eat in Colombo
Ministry of Crab, Kaemasutra, Dutch Burgher Union, Curry Leaf, Park Street Mews, and Oak Ray Flower Drum are just a few places you will be delighted to discover.
Explore where you enjoy a comfortable stay during your explorations.