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5 Things to do in Colombo - Explore, absorb and revel!

Colombo is an iconic city in today's developing world. Its rapid pace of advancement is noteworthy. Let's have a look at some of the best things to do in Colombo.


The National Museum of Colombo

Civilisation has existed on this tiny island for millennia. The National Museum of Colombo is noteworthy for capturing this in its entirety. You'll witness a whole array of paintings, relics and other things on display that capture the entire history of this small but strong nation. Some of the most interesting things on display are the relics from the Anuradhapura kingdom which date all the way back to the 4th Century BC. The museum is open from 9 am to 6 pm and is located in Colombo 7. You'll look at spending around Rs.35 per adult and Rs.20 for a child.


Independence Memorial Hall

Sri Lanka or Ceylon back then was under the British rule for a good portion of its early history. The country received its independence from Britain in 1948. In celebration of this achievement, the new government erected the Independence Memorial Hall. It is an open, airy monument that is simple yet, intricately detailed and majestic. The Independence Memorial Hall is often frequented by both tourists and locals, and of the latter, its students from the nearby universities and schools. Surrounding the hall you'll find some iconic lion statues that have symbolized the entire nation. The hall is open 24 hours a day and is absolutely free for anyone to visit. Located in Colombo 7, there is a small museum underneath this hall that is a must see, it hosts many trinkets from the colonial British period. The museum does, however, charge an entrance fee.


Viharamahadevi Park

Viharamahadevi Park is an extremely popular destination for tourists and locals alike. You'll find it stocked full of people throughout its open hours on any given day. Located to the south of the Beira Lake, this park is the only large-scale park in Colombo. The park boasts a kid's play area, a large Buddha statue and mini zoo on certain occasions. The most sought-after aspect, however, is its wonderful tranquillity. While next to one of the busiest portions of Colombo, most locals visit Viharamahadevi Park to unwind and relax in the large peaceful areas that are shaded by massive trees. The park is open from 7 am to 6 pm daily and is absolutely free for everyone.


Galle Road

Galle road is essentially one long stretch of road; however, it is considered the general hub of Colombo. Some locals refer to Colombo beginning and ending on Galle Road. You'll find plenty of shops to treat yourself to trinkets or food. There are also malls and theatres to be found here. The road's kaleidoscopic population of business people, school children and tuk-tuk drivers amidst their colourful surroundings give life to the city. Stroll down this road and watch how the neighbourhoods change as you pass through the road's various segments. You'll find many places to stay ranging from hotels to Sri Lanka apartments within Colombo that's close by to all the places on this list, Cinnamon Life being one such example.


Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple

Buddhism has been one of the most significant aspects of Sri Lanka's history and culture. You'll find a myriad of things across the country devoted to it. Whatever history has thrown at the country, Buddhism has been one of the only things to stand strong amongst it all. The iconic Gangaramaya Buddhist temple is an excellent place to witness this piece of history and to get in touch with it. You'll find a sacred Bodhi tree along with many beautiful artworks and statues of Buddha. The temple is open every day from 5:30 am to 10 pm, however always be sure to check ahead as this may change for religious events which are plentiful. The temple is free to enter and is located down Sri Jinaratna Road in Colombo.