The capital city of Sri Lanka, Colombo is the most important tourist destination of this country. This port city displays both the colonial era as well as the modern life of Sri Lanka. The city of Colombo is known for housing magnificent temples, colonial buildings, national museum, beautiful fourth century B.C. artifacts, manicured gardens, vibrant markets, exotic beaches & finger-licking sea foods.Colombo is a multi–cultural city that celebrates a wide variety of festivals, events & ceremonies of Sinhala/Tamil, Budhhist, Islam, Hindu& Christian. The grandest and the most prestigious event celebrated in Colombo is NawamMahaPerahera. It is a cultural pageant organized every year. This annual event is held at The Gangaramaya temple. Thousands of people visit the capital city witness the the vibrant and colorful dance performances and musical band processions.
Since Colombo is a capital city of Sri Lanka and the only airport city in the whole country, there are so many hotel properties of different categories and standards. Even top multi-national brands like Taj have opened up 2 hotels in Colombo. Colombo is also known as the shopper’s paradise. The city boasts of its local arts and crafts as well as it houses multi-storied fashion malls. One can find both ethnic as well as top branded clothes at one place. The hand-woven fabrics are the most popular among the buyers.
What to See
The most popular tourist monuments and spots are Gangaramaya Temple, National Museum &Pettah Market. The Gangaramaya Temple is a beautiful Buddhist temple complex housing a place of worship and also a centre of learning. The Sri Lankan national museum of Colombo displays the cultural and natural heritage of the country. Pettah market is basically a floating market consisting of nearly 100 stalls selling local products arts and handicrafts. Apart from these, there are many more historical landmarks in Colombo like Galle face Green park,Viharamahadevi Park, Beira Lake, Colombo Dutch Museum, St. Lucia Cathedral, Colombo Port Maritime museum, Town hall and many more.
Best Time to visit
Colombo can be considered an year round tourist destination. However, June to September sees monsoons and thus can be avoided. Months from December to March are pleasant to visit, with temperatures ranging between twenty three degrees Celsius to thirty two degrees Celsius.