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5 Things to Do in Colombo – Distinctive Experiences to Enjoy

The bustling metropolis of Colombo is Sri Lanka's largest city. Here you will find plenty of engrossing things to see and do that will capture your interest, like those described below.


Visit Gangaramaya Temple

If you appreciate interesting religious attractions, Gangaramaya Temple will be a great place to commence your sightseeing tour of Colombo. You will see that the temple compound is expansive and contains a host of interesting things to see and experience. This temple is renowned by local Buddhists as is believed to house hair relics of the Buddha. At Gangaramaya Temple you will have the opportunity to view the remarkable collection of gifts that have been presented by devotees over the course of time. You will also be captivated by the host of Buddha statues that the temple contains, including those made of stone, gilded metal and plastic.


Take a ride on a tuk-tuk

A tuk-tuk or three-wheeler will be a great choice for your travels in Sri Lanka's commercial capital Colombo. Travelling in a tuk-tuk will also be a memorable experience as these little vehicles are great fun to ride around in. This mode of travel is comparatively inexpensive and a welcome respite from walking around in the city during the daytime heat. You will see that both tourists from abroad and locals use this form of travel to get around in the city. Tuk-tuks are generally very simple to find and you may have the experience of tuk-tuk drivers stopping by and asking if you need a ride.


Stroll through the lanes of Pettah

Your Colombo experience would not be complete without experiencing the attractions of Pettah. This is one of the city's oldest localities and will provide a genuine local experience for the visitor. In Pettah you will encounter a chaotic yet charming environment filled with distinctive sights, sounds and smells. Visitors will see that Pettah is filled with stalls, shops and markets containing a mind-boggling selection of merchandise. Here you will find a splendid selection of clothing, footwear, bags, leather goods, toys, electronics, fresh vegetables and fruits, and much more. As you might expect you will have the opportunity to avail yourself of excellent bargains here.


Tour Independence Memorial Hall

As you may have gathered from its name, this well-known monument in Colombo commemorates the gaining of the nation's independence from the colonial ruler, Britain. This massive stone structure is encircled by a beautiful verdant garden and is always an interesting place to visit. You will see that the Independence Memorial Hall is an impressive structure drawing inspiration from Kandy's famed Royal Audience Hall. This splendid building is also used for significant religious occasions and other important events like the celebrations for the National Day. A Colombo city hotel option to consider from which this attraction would be within convenient reach would be Cinnamon Red Colombo.


Explore the National Museum

Culture lovers will be enthralled by Colombo's magnificent National Museum which boasts a diverse selection of interesting displays and artefacts. You will see that this museum is housed within an imposing building that is surrounded by a pleasant tranquil park. In this museum, you will find a host of carvings, statues and other artworks that are representative of the rich ancient past of Sri Lanka. You will also encounter guns, swords and other artefacts from the island nation's colonial era. Visitors will also be entranced by the numerous objects that formerly belonged to the royalty of Sri Lanka, such as the crown and golden throne that previously was the property of a local monarch.