Things to do in Colombo
Colombo is Sri Lanka’s commercial and business center. Blending with old colonial and high-rise commercial buildings and hotels the city is noted to having a charm all of its own. Filled with bustling shopping malls, offices and bazaars, the City has many interesting tourist attractions and things to do. Celebrated for its strategic seaport, diversity and cultural landmarks, the city has its fair share of attractions. Many range from those of cultural and religious importance, parks and museums something for everyone. Varied star class and budget hotels also offer visitors a large choice of accommodation options.
Among the many things to do when in Colombo is to visit the National Museum. As the largest Museum in Sri Lanka it houses an important collection of historical artifacts of which some even date back to the 4th to 5th century. The Museum’s library is of special importance as it houses troves of local publications dating over 129 years. Its vast collections are palm leaf manuscripts are on varied topics such as folklore, astrology, architecture etc.
Colombo’s Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, located near the Beira Lake and is over 120 year old, It is a hugely popular tourist attraction which doubles as a place of worship and a vocational training center. Visit this well-known temple and discover an impressive range of Buddha statues the temple showcases lavish architecture.
Colombo’s majestic stone edifice, the Independence Memorial Hall commemorates Sri Lanka gaining independence from the British in 1948. An attraction not to be missed when in the city, an ideal location for visitors seeking serenity and elegance. The monument teems with lavish symbols of Sri Lanka rich history and political freedom in additional to wood carvings and imposing statues including that of Sri Lanka’s first Prime Minister, D.S. Senanayake.
When visiting the city, shopping in Colombo is an enjoyable thing to do. For the bargain hunters, the Pettah bazaar is an ideal location. Shopping malls such as Majestic City, Liberty Plaza and Crescat offer an eclectic range of products and goods for visitors to enjoy. From handicrafts, books, leather goods, garments and technology goods these complexes not only offer global brands but also avenue of entertainment as some include restaurants, a movie theatre and even gaming centers.
Sri Lanka is synonymous for her amazing beaches. In Colombo, the Galle Face Green attracts families, children, lovers and picnickers seeking a relaxing stop. Attracting people of various cultures, ethnicities and ages, the Green foods stalls are ideal for those seeking a truly Sri Lankan style snack.