Colombo, also known as the port city has emerged as the must-see spot, all thanks to its rich colonial heritage and an artsy mixture of various races, religions, and cultures. With a mixture of modern and ancient architecture and a dash of traffic and madness, Sri Lanka’s capital city Colombo has plenty to charm a tourist up its sleeves. Despite having an area of only 37.31 km² the capital city has a lot to offer. From taking a tuk-tuk ride on a busy street to enjoying a laid-back evening at fancy colonial style hotels overlooking the Indian Ocean, there’s a lot of things that one can do in Colombo. The capital city that carries different shades of tourism has become one of the best places for a backpacking trip as well as for a perfect family getaway. Whether you are a shopaholic or a heritage lover, Colombo will never disappoint you. From hopping on an open deck double-decker bus to indulging in a relaxing spa amid serene surroundings by the trained masseurs, you name it and Colombo has it!
There is something about the city that will keep you hooked once you start exploring. One can start by visiting National Museum of Colombo to know in detail about country’s rich heritage. This is the largest museum in Sri Lanka that houses statues and exhibits that narrates the story of ancient Sri Lanka. There are huge monumental buildings dating back to the Dutch and British era of Lanka which one can spot easily in the entire downtown. Another place travellers must explore while their stay in Colombo is Gangaramaya Temple. With the mix of modern architecture with cultural essence, Gangaramaya Temple is one of the most important temples of Colombo. Dedicated to Buddha, the temple is decorated with wonderful brass work, stone carvings, and other Buddhist art. The list of places to visit in Colombo are endless. So get set, pack your bags and get ready to experience the beautiful Colombo in its rawest best.