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Updated by Roger Gary on May 26, 2015
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5 Things to know when visiting Colombo – facts that must be kept in mind

Colombo is the heart of the Emerald Isle. With its level of commercial development and its historic monuments that stand strong, the City has for long been the favourite amongst many foreign nationals. And what must you know about it?


About Colombo

Colombo is the Capital of the country today and functioned as the main sea port for trade between the Asian region and the West since the 5th century. The City is conveniently situated in the coastal strip of the country and provides an ideal location for administrative purposes. The name however is one which was given to the country by its former colonizers- The Portuguese back in the 16th Century. Since then the city watched its European colonizers make their entrance and exit for over 3 centuries.



Colombo is packed with a multitude of attractions which draw in thousands of visitors every year. The architecture is of course that which was inspired by the Island's European colonizers who've successfully etched their presence in every corner of the City. The Independence Square is one edifice which stands in the heart of Colombo re-igniting memories of the rigid Colonial rule. When Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948 it was here that the formal declaration was signed. One could also witness the old parliament, one which was used by former presidents until it was re-located in 1983 to Sri Jayawardenepura, Kotte. Facing the Indian Ocean, the building is now used to accommodate the Presidential Secretariat and even the Ministry of Finance & Planning. Not forgetting those who seek a little amusement you can always have yourself treated to some flora and fauna at the Water World Aquarium, Kelaniya or even the Dehiwala Zoo.



Colombo also gives you the opportunity to enjoy yourselves and dance to some enthralling music. Nevertheless, for those of you shopaholics you can always find the big places for some wholesome shopping. The Majestic City, Liberty Plaza and The Crescat Boulevard are some places you wouldn't want to miss. Be it books or clothes, you will find all you need right here. Also, recreational activities are plenty, whether you like to dance, play cricket, golf or even yoga there is always something to keep you busy in this City. Maybe you can even drop in at Lionel Wendt or Nelum Pokuna theatres to witness some home grown drama. (



The hotels in Colombo are simply those you cannot overlook for the City features some of the best in the region. From five star hotels to budget hotels every visitor can always throw themselves at a wide variety of accommodation options that are indeed hard to resist in every way. From leisure to luxury, every Colombo City hotel will guarantee you a memorable stay. Further if you are one of those business or budget travellers who are looking to have a great time and also be able to sink into some luxury then you should look no further than Cinnamon Red Colombo for they will provide you with some fine accommodation accompanied with impeccable cuisine to top off your tour. Take a look here; (



All those who have your taste buds dancing for some local cuisine you will never be disappointed for Sri Lanka is just the place to savour those long awaited authentic dishes. The Curry Leaf garden restaurant, Kaema Sutra and Yaal restaurants are just a few places you can have a taste of Sri Lankan cuisine. However, you also have the option of trying your hand at some speciality Chinese, Italian, Thai, Mexican, Japanese and even Iranian cuisine. Let the details be spared so that you are able to experience all this yourself for they are indeed yours and only yours to experience.