Colombo, Sri Lanka’s dynamic commercial capital has much to offer those exploring its bustling streets. Here are some places well worth adding to your sightseeing itinerary.
Galle Face Green
A popular hangout spot by the ocean, this vast public space is ideal for a family picnic, a leisurely stroll or kite flying, all amidst wonderful ocean views. Easy to reach from a Colombo City hotel, Galle Face Green is also one of the best places to sample yummy Sri Lankan street food. Tip: don’t forget to try the deep fried prawn topped snack called “isso wade”!
Referred to as “MC” by locals, Majestic City provides plenty of retail therapy. Within a 10 minute walk from Colombo Court Hotel & Spa, this mall offers everything from mobile phones and electronics to clothing and shoes. It has an extensive food court, a small arcade and games area for kids and four cinemas too.
Colombo National Museum
For a bit of culture, visit the Colombo National Museum which offers insights into the island’s heritage. Housed within a huge colonial building, the museum features ancient artefacts, items from colonial times, traditional demon masks and exhibits from the days kings ruled the land.
A distinctive temple built over the waters of Beira Lake, the Seema Malaka showcases a unique blend of architectural styles including Sri Lankan, Thai and Chinese. A sacred site which offers an ideal escape from the bustling streets, it also features a variety of Buddha statues that add to its charm.
Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+