the commercial and business center of Sri Lanka located on west cost.
The city blends together with old colonial type building, high-rise
commercial buildings and hotels. It is filled with shopping malls,
airline offices bazaars and interesting tourist attractions. Some of
the finest structures built during the colonial times still preserved
in one part of the City. Colombo is home to majority of Sri Lankan
corporate and Government offices. Hotels of Colombo city is located
centrally which will make the visitors more convenient. Visitors have
the choice of number of star class hotels with spectacular scenic view
of the ocean among them “Galle face Hotel” and “Taj Samudra” which
opens up to gall face green and to the ocean.
Colombo city is full of popular tourist attractions such as National
Museum,Galle Face Green, Beira Lake,Cargills & Millers building,
Independence Square, Viharamahadevi Park, Colombo Fort, Pettah bazaar,
Beach Waadiya, Churches, Mosques and Temples of Colombo City,Railway
museum and Mount Lavinia beach.
International airport is the only international airport in Sri
Colombo has a good rail
network which connects it to other important places of interest.
Colombo is connect with
good network of roads to
many cities in Sri Lanka.
The National Museum of
The National Museum of Colombo was established in 1877 by the British
Governor Sir William Gregory which is the largest Museum in Sri Lanka.
It has a good collection of historical work. This is an ideal place to
understand the island’s richest past. The Museum is open from 09 am to
5.00 pm Monday to Friday.
Galle Face Green
South of Colombo along with the lined palm trees of Galle road is the
Gall face Green. Along with the a greenish seafront you can enjoy the
evening breeze and view the sun set. It’s a crowded place on Fridays
and Saturday evenings. Adjacent to the Galle face green is the popular
colonial styled Galle Face hotel. Cannons which were used during
wartime is still lies along the cost line of the Galle Face Green.
Kelaniya Temple of Sri Lanka
Kelaniya is a famous Buddhist temple located about 8 km away from
Colombo which is sited on the Kelani River. It is believe that the
Buddha visited Kelaniya in order to quell a quarrel between two Nāga
leaders. The temple has become famous because of the beautiful
paintings and sculpture.
Dehiwala zoological garden is located in a beautiful landscape
covering an area of 11 acres. This was first started by a German
business family during the year of 1926. In the year of 1930 this was
acquired by the Sri Lankan government and further improved.
Dehiwala Zoo is home for many different animals such as many mammal
species, birds, reptiles and fish species. Many endangered species can
be seen here as well. The most attractive event of this place is the
evening elephant show, starting at about 5.15 pm.
Bere Lake is located in the middle of Colombo. The island in the
middle of the lake and the surrounding tree line make it a beautiful
place. This lake was built by Portuguese and the lake was connected
with many water was. Portuguese used theses water ways as their
transportation needs.The water level of the lake is 1 meter high from
the ocean. There are many wetland birds can be seen in this lake.
Bellanwila Athidiya Wet Land
Closer to the Bellanwila temple (Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya)this wet
land covers an area of 372 hectares. This place is ideal for watching
birds especially migrant birds during the months of September and
April. Flock of birds from countries like Siberia, India and Europe
can be seen in this place. Not only migrant birds you can enjoy
watching many species of local birds as well. There are about 52
species of butterflies out of the 242 species found in Sri Lanka can
be seen in this wet land.
hh - heritage hotel ; ph -
palace hotel ; bh - boutique hotel ; gh - guest house ; hs - home stay