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Top things to do in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo is the most popular business city in Sri Lanka; however is also a popular destination for travelers visiting the country. The city has a colonial charm and lively atmosphere through its architecture, landmarks and activities. Here are the top picks.


Visiting the religious sites

There are various religions living around Colombo City. Hence there are different religious monuments located there. You can see great architecture in the designed buildings, and observer the religious ceremonies that take place. Gangaramaya temple, Kelani Rajamahavharaya, Sri Kaileswaram Kovil, St. Lusia’s Cathedral church and Grand Mosque are simple examples for experiencing how Sri Lanka is indeed a multi-religious nation.


Golf at Royal Colombo golf club

Colombo Royal Golf Club is the second oldest royal golf club outside the UK ( The scenic landscape and gives you a relaxing feel and a great experience with playing a round of golf.


City walks with a guide

In fact Colombo is the largest city in Sri Lanka. It has many places to visit. You can create a personalized city walking tour as your own. Discover Sri Lankan culture through the historic land marks and other beautiful places around the Colombo city. Being accompanied by a guide will help you to understand the true story behind this vibrant city.


Colombo by Jeep

Take a different perspective of Colombo with a ride in an open top World War 2 jeep and discover the historic colonial sites. And visit a few local cafes to take in a drink of fresh king coconut water, while visiting some of the most historic locations like the Galle Face green, the Dutch Hospital complex, the Mount Lavinia hotel and Independence Square.


Pettah bazaar

Pettah is the multi – cultural market space in Colombo. Similar looking shops, narrow streets and many different goods are filled in the colorful bazaar. You can select and buy any goods even at wholesale prices. During shopping you can observe and experience the process of selling and see the porter’s working. Take a new experience exploring through the Pettah bazaar.


Street food bonanza

While you travel around the Colombo city, you can experience the street food often fried with added salt to taste. Make sure to try some kottu rotti, hoppers or a wade (a patty which has onions or shrimp on top with a local sauce to savor) from the Galle Face green. The Galle face at night has some food stalls selling some eats with a lamp lit up to show the food being prepared.