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Top 7 things to do and see in Colombo

Colombo, the stunning commercial capital of Sri Lanka is filled with unique appeals. The article below gives details about the top 7 things to enjoy in this wonderful city.


National Museum

The National Museum of Colombo is the largest and the most popular museum in Sri Lanka. Established back in the year 1877 by Sir William Henry Gregory, this iconic destination houses an impressive array of exhibits. The throne and the crown of the Kandyan kings are prominent exhibits in the museum. There is a library in the museum that has a large collection of old books and documents that have recorded historically significant occurrences in the island.


Gangaramaya Temple

Beautiful Gangaramaya Temple which exudes peace and tranquillity is one of the most enchanting places of interest in the city. The stunning architecture of the temple heightens its appeal by great degrees. It is a prominent place of worship among the Buddhists in the country. There is a wonderful collection of Buddha statues to see and admire in the temple.


Viharamahadevi Park

Located at the very heart of the bustling city, Viharamahadevi Park is an oasis of serenity for sure! During weekends you will see large numbers of families gathering within its borders to enjoy delightful times of joy. The lush greenery of the premises truly soothes one's senses. You will be able to easily access the park if you stay at a centrally located Colombo city hotel. If you stay at a hotel like Mandarina Colombo, it will be quite easy for you to access Viharamahadevi Park in the evenings.


Independence Memorial Hall

Independence Memorial Hall commemorates the independence Ceylon gained from the British regime on the 4th of February 1948. It stands on the site where the formal ceremony was held on that fateful day so long ago when self-rule was officially announced.


Galle Face Green

A tour in Colombo will be incomplete without a visit to the iconic Galle Face Green. Bordering the rippling Indian Ocean, this magnificent destination is immensely popular among families, especially in the evenings. You can fly a kite, grab some delectable street eats and watch as the busy world goes by. Located right next to the legendary Galle Face Hotel, the beautiful Galle Face Green is a perfect place to relax and unwind with your loved ones.


Pettah Market

Pettah Market, a place that rarely sleeps or slows down is surely a very colourful area in Colombo! This is the shopping hub in the country among bargain seekers and wholesale dealers. You will find an incredible array of stores selling clothes, fabric, toys, household appliances and electronic items at astonishing prices being sold here. It is a noisy market that is best explored on foot. You can consider hiring a tuk-tuk to navigate through the stores here with ease as parking is often impossible to find in the area.



If the chaotic streets of the Pettah Market make repel you, you can consider visiting the beautiful store of Laksala. Here you will find exquisite Sri Lanka handcrafted items sold at premium prices. The products of Laksala are of a supreme quality so you will be able to buy with confidence. Unique souvenirs, gift items, Buddha statues, jewellery as well as delicious local teas are sold in this vibrant store. Laksala prides itself on its socially responsible trading practices too.