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Amazing Tourist Attractions in Colombo - Top Highlight to Explore in Sri Lankan Capital Colombo

Sri Lanka's bustling capital is not only the political and financial epicentre of the country but also where the best tourist attractions on the island are located. From cultural hotspots to recreational hubs, here are some not-to-miss sights in Colombo.


The National Museum

Housed in an imposing colonial structure, the National Museum in Sri Lanka is located in Colombo and first opened its doors to the public back in 1877. Home to some of the nation's most prized artefacts and relics, this sprawling enclave dedicated to celebrating the island's evolution over the ages is an engaging attraction that's not just reserved for history buffs.


Galle Face Green

Those in search of Colombo's favourite seaside promenade should look no further than the verdant Galle Face Green. Lined with food vendors, kite sellers and snack kiosks, this lush patch of green on the fringes of Colpetty is the venue of choice for Independence Day celebrations, local concerts and international festivals throughout the year.


Viharamahadevi Park

Once named Victoria Park after the British monarch, the Viharamahadevi Park is the largest public park in the entire city of Colombo. Home to a plethora of walking trails, ponds, a zoo and picnic hubs, the park is where most city dwellers come to relax and unwind after a busy day of work. Ideal for children and families, the park often hosts plant shows, children's day programs and art sales to the delight of visitors.


Independence Memorial Hall

Built in 1953 to commemorate the island's independence from British rule, the Independence Memorial Hall or Independence Square as it is popularly known is a national landmark of great significance. The stone structure is used for many a national event while the museum on the grounds of the memorial hall is dedicated to those who lost their lives in gaining sovereignty from foreign rule.


Attidiya Bird Sanctuary

Birding enthusiasts visiting Colombo should not miss the chance to visit the Attidiya Bird Sanctuary. The venue is home to more than 50 types of birds and an equally impressive collection of butterflies and insects as well. The best time to visit the Attidiya Bird Sanctuary is during the morning hours as that's when the winged beauties at the aviary are active while those who visit Colombo during the month of January will also be in for a treat as many migratory bird species head to the Attidiya Bird Sanctuary during this time of year.


The Dutch Hospital

Having once served as a functioning hospital during the country's Dutch colonial era, the Dutch Hospital has been converted into a premier luxury shopping and dining district by the local tourism authority. Tourists can now wine and dine in restaurants such as the Ministry of Crab and shop for souvenirs from Odel and other retail outlets that have set up signature stores at the venue.


St Anthony's Church

Those based in a hotel in Wattala such as the Pegasus Reef may marvel at the churches in that part of the island but those exploring Colombo will be equally impressed with St. Anthony's Church in the heart of the capital. The iconic statue at the church is one of its most venerated idols.