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List Of Best Places To Visit In Colombo – Vintage Port City

Colombo the commercial capital of Sri Lanka is one of Asia's most vibrant and modern cities. The port city is a modern hub for dining and shopping. With plenty of green spaces to relax. Explore the colonial relics as you discover the best places to visit in Colombo.


Enjoy A Walk On Galle Face Green

Galle Face Green is a beautiful stretch of land facing the Indian Ocean. Located right smack in the city centre, this stretch of greenery was once the British Governors playground and a former horse racing track. The Green is now enhanced with a pier, and the up coming Port City project. Easy to reach from hotels in Colombo City, Galle Face Green is a where you can relax and let the sea breeze soothe away your cares. There are plenty of well-located hotels such as Mandarina Colombo Hotel, offering easy access to Galle Face Green and the shops, restaurants and malls of Colombo.


Visit The Colombo Museum

The Colombo Museum is one of the best in Asia. Located within a vintage Italian Villa, the museum boasts over 100,000 artefacts. There you can explore the lifestyles, clothing, armour and jewellery of past Sri Lankan kings. Discover stone-age weapons and utensils used on the island. Walk through the changes the island went through from colonial times to gaining independence, and marvel at some of the vintage artefacts, including a golden throne and elegant swords.


Chill At The Park

The Vihara Maha Devi Park is located in the middle of the busy city centre. Surrounded on all four sides by traffic blocked streets the park is a green oasis, that lulls you into a sense of calmness. You will forget about the hustle and bustle of the city as you walk the tree lined parks. Relax on a bench and watch the world go around and let water fountains, mini petting zoo and children's play area entertain.


Visit Pettah

The heart and soul of Colombo are Petta and Fort. You must go there for the hustle and bustle of a typical Asian city. The crowded streets, traffic, roadside vendors and busy shoppers all add to the marvellous melting pot of culture and traditions witnessed in Pettah. It's a pretty cheap precinct to look for holiday gifts and souvenirs too.


The Old Dutch Hospital

The Old Dutch Hospital has been transformed into a modern dining and shopping venue. But extreme care has been taken to retain the places vintage allures and architectural stylings of its inception, as a hospital during the Dutch colonial rule of Sri Lanka. Some A-list restaurants are located there as well as classy shops for picking up handicrafts and other quality goods.


Visit Mt. Lavinia

Mt. Lavinia is a suburb in Colombo. Located about 30 minutes from Colombo city hotels, this seaside precinct is ideal for an evening out. Plenty of seafood restaurants are located along the beach, which is a lovely sandy oasis of happy kite flyers, joggers, football players and kids having fun skimming the waves.

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