If you are planning to visit Sri Lanka, Colombo should be on the top of your bucket list. Being the commercial capital and the largest city in the country, Colombo is one of the top tourist destinations on the island. Located close to the Bandaranaike International Airport, it will take only 30 minutes to arrive in Colombo in a tuk-tuk.
The cultural heritage, food, people and vibrant ambiance make Colombo, a must-see place in the isle of paradise.
Make time to catch a sunset at Galle Face Green
Galle Face Green is one of the most spectacular spots in Colombo to watch the sun set down the horizon and witness the colours of the sky. If you are nearby Galle Face Green, take a few minutes to immerse yourself in the picturesque red hues of the Colombo sky.
You can munch on a popular prawn vadai or grab some delectable Sri Lankan dishes from Galle Face Green night market.
Visit the Colombo National Museum
Colombo National Museum reflects the history of the island nation and treasures the cultural heritage that was passed down from generation to generation. The Museum was founded in 1877 by Sir William Henry Gregory, the British Governor of then Ceylon. The Colombo National Museum was built incorporating Italian architecture. It comprises 16 exhibition booths and a library containing ancient literature.
You can visit the Museum from 9 am – 5 pm every day except on public holidays.
Discover religious heritage
Visit some of the oldest and most iconic religious places in Colombo. Surrounded by the charming Beira Lake, Gangarama Temple is popular for its magnificent frescoes and architecture while the Red Mosque is another must-see religious place. The blend of Gothic and Neoclassical architectural styles makes it looks like a castle from a fairytale.
Discover Sri Lankan culinary art
One of the best things that will make you want to visit Sri Lanka again is its cuisine. Even though the island’s cuisine resembles South Indian cuisine, it has its own unique characteristics. Sri Lankans love their spices and vegetables cooked for hours.
Tantalize your taste buds with Sri Lankan rice and curry, hoppers, kottu, kiribath, or have a good cup of Ceylon tea.
Go on a shopping spree
If you visited Sri Lanka and did not go on a shopping spree in Colombo, you have missed out a lot. From handloom clothing, batiks, handcrafted souvenirs, spices to stunning jewelry designs and many more, you can purchase everything at affordable prices.