Colombo is the cosmopolitan heartland of Sri Lanka. The island’s capital city is full of unique landmarks and attractions, each with its own authentic history attached to it. Here’s a look at some of the city’s best tourist stops.
The National Museum
What better way to get acquainted with the region’s history than by visiting the resident museum! Being one of the most prominent museums in the country, it houses artefacts from all across Sri Lanka, covering multiple time periods. The establishment is easy to reach from most centrally-located luxury hotels in Colombo, say, for example, the Cinnamon Grand Colombo.
The expansive Arcade Independence is an excellent stop you can make while touring through Colombo. While there’s a lot of picturesque scenery to take in here, you can also marvel at the Independence Memorial as well as explore the small museum found nearby.
The Dutch Hospital
One of the oldest structures found within the city, the Old Dutch Hospital is a lasting remnant of Sri Lanka’s eventful colonial past. While it was once a place to treat the sick and injured, in recent times, it has been transformed into a bustling shopping precinct.
The Gangaramaya Temple
the Gangagaramaya Temple is one of Colombo’s oldest temples and is imbued with a unique architectural style that’s all it’s own. The temple is a part museum as well, housing an impressive collection of 19th and 20th-century artefacts that reflect what life was like in Sri Lanka during those time periods.