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Top 5 Things to Do in Colombo Sri Lanka – Highlights of an Entrancing City

The lively city of Colombo, Sri Lanka's commercial capital features a myriad of attractions for the visitor. In this city, you will find plenty of interesting things to do for young and old alike.


Visit a temple

Visit a temple

Culture lovers and those who like religious attractions should make it a point to experience one of Colombo's temples like the Gangaramaya Temple and the Bellanwila Temple. You will see that the Gangaramaya Temple features an expansive compound containing many features of interest for the visitor. In this temple complex, you will encounter a host of Buddhist trinkets and other gifts donated to the temple by followers and well-wishers over the course of time. You will also be captivated by the interesting architecture to be seen at this popular temple. Gangaramaya Temple also displays interesting objects brought over from countries like China, Germany and Australia.


Take a ride through the city on a tuk-tuk

If you require transport in Colombo or other towns and cities in Sri Lanka, an excellent option would be taking a tuk-tuk. 'Tuk-tuk' is the name used for the innumerable three-wheeler taxis that can be found across Sri Lanka. These tuk-tuks will take you to your desired destination quickly and conveniently, for a modest fee. Tuk-tuks will take you through the city rapidly, allowing you to swiftly reach the various attractions and sightseeing highlights of Colombo. For the best rates make it a point to flag down a three-wheeler with a meter, or otherwise remember to negotiate the fee before setting off.


Go shopping

The city of Colombo boasts a fine selection of shopping options ranging from modern malls to traditional marketplaces. If you like sizable malls a good place to commence your shopping tour of Colombo would be Majestic City, one of the largest and well-established shopping centres in Colombo. Other well-known malls in the city include Crescat Boulevard, Liberty Plaza and Arcade Independence Square. For fashion apparel, an excellent choice would be retailers like Odel and House of Fashions. On the other hand for an authentic local experience take the opportunity to explore Pettah, which is a traditional commercial area in Colombo.