Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka and is probably the first stop lots of travellers to the island will be making. While there’s plenty to see all across the island, Colombo has its fair share of amazing attractions as well – here’s a look at some of the best.
The Gangaramaya Temple is one of the most famous Buddhist temples you’ll find in Colombo. Built in the late 19th-century, the temple has also become a museum of sorts and showcases many historic items from weapons to works of art.
The Lotus Tower
If you’re staying at one of the prominent hotels near Colombo – say, for instance, the Pegasus Reef – a trip to the Lotus Tower is a quick one – roughly only about 30 mins or so. This is South Asia’s largest free-standing structure and the precinct that surrounds it is full of restaurants, cafes and museums for you to check out.
The National Museum
The National Museum is found right in the heart of Colombo and is one of the most feature-rich establishments of its kind found in the country. Here, you can find all kinds of ancient artefacts – from weapons to coinage – alongside many exhibits that delve into the island’s natural history.
Galle Face Green
Galle Face Green is a favourite hangout spot among the local populace. Found between the busy Galle Road and the vast Indian Ocean, this is a great place to relax, take it easy and enjoy the oceanic sunset.