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Colombo

Colombo offers a varying selection of experience ranging from taking a tuktuk ride, a visit to Pettah market and eating Kottu to playing a round of golf and having high tea at one of the colonial style hotels, overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Attractions

Colombo Fort

Famous as the heart of Colombo, the Fort is located between the Colombo Harbour to the north and the murky urban lagoon of Beira Lake to the south. This fort was built and extended by the Portuguese, later taken over by the Dutch. The fort was finally demolished by the British after they completed their conquest of the country in the mid 19th century.

Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple

One of the must visit attractions of Sri Lanka is the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple. The sacred temple is a site of great significance to all the travelers and locals alike. The architecture of the temple is brilliant and makes for a major attraction among the visitors.

Beddagana Wetland Park

Beddagana Wetland Park in Colombo is aimed to protect the land from floods and improve the lives of the locals. Built by the Government of Sri Lanka, the Park is a significant attraction here. Strolling around Beddagana is one of the most romantic things to do in Sri Lanka. The place is surrounded with lush grasslands, impressive vegetation, and exotic wildlife.

Viharamahadevi Park

A must visit place in Colombo, the Viharamahadevi Park comprises of a zoo, waterfalls, picnic hotspots, walking trails etc. The park also features a library for the travelers to relax and be themselves.

Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya

Another highly valued attraction of Colombo is the temple of Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya. The temple complex is home to the famous and sacred Bodhi Tree, which ages back to 3rd century BCE. The sacred tree is also a crucial part of the 32 saplings that grew out of the holy Bodhi tree located in Anuradhapura. The temple is visited by thousands of travelers from around the world.

Colombo Dutch Museum

The museum is situated right in the heart of Pettah Market, known for the best local shopping in Sri Lanka. What comes as a surprise to many visitors is the unique and unusual appeal of this Dutch Museum. The museum once serves as the mansion for the Dutch governor in the late 17th century, and is by far one of the best buildings that have been preserved to showcase the charm of Dutch architecture.

Viharamahadevi Park

Another popular visit attraction of Colombo is the Viharamahadevi Park that comprises of a park, zoo, waterfalls, picnic spots, walking trails, rides, and a composed statue of Buddha. Other than all the aforementioned activities, the park also features a library for travelers to relax and be all by themselves. Treating families, couples, and friends alike, make sure you don’t miss out on this one when in Sri Lanka.

Beira Lake

Situated in the heart of Colombo’s city centre, the Beira Lake is one of the most fascinating and best places to visit in Colombo. Travelers can also indulge in birdwatching, boating, watching sunsets etc.

National Museum of Colombo

Showcasing the works of renowned artists portraying the cultural heritage of the nation, the National Museum of Colombo boasts intricate carvings, unique masks of demons, swords of the knights, and other art collection of local artists from the colonial era.

St. Lucia’s Cathedral

Dedicated to the patron saint of St- Lucy, St. Lucia’s Cathedral is one of the main parishes in Sri Lanka. The Cathedral happens to be one of the oldest, and the largest churches that make it one of the best places to visit in Colombo among travelers.

Attidiya Bird Sanctuary

The sanctuary is famed for offering shelter to more than 50 different species of birds, including both migratory and local birds. One can observe large number of butterflies, water monitors, insects and other types of birds here. An interesting feature of the sanctuary is the mud strewn paths that add a rustic charm to the place.

Hot water Baths and Grinding stones

This monastery is home to the largest hot water pond in Sri Lanka. The Bath is around 100ft in length and 60ft in breadth. The relics of grinding stones are also found here that had been used to prepare Ayurvedic medicines. All these ruins now being unearthed testifies to the existence of a large Ayurvedic hospital which was present in the monastery.

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