Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital city is situated on the island nation’s west coast and is the biggest and most developed city of the country. Its harbors at the mouth of river Kelani is important for trade. The beautiful city of Colombo is a jolting mix of old and new. The street markets are famous for its high piled fruits and vegetables, cotton, and colourful silks, and delicious aromas of spices. The most famous of its heritage is their place of worship which is the symbol of the country’s multi-ethnic culture. Colombo is one of the most happening places of Sri Lanka.
Without any doubts, Colombo is one of the most important cities in Sri Lanka and is home to many known celebrities and other renowned people. The city has its own airport named Colombo Airport. Also, Bandaranaike International Airport is just a few kilometers away from the city. Nearly all the major countries have its direct flights reaching the city. Most of the people visit Colombo to see its beauty from all over the world.
If you are thinking of making your plans to visit the city and live overseas, then it is a must that you book a ticket in advance so that you get the best discounts. One can book flights or other means of transport from South Africa, USA, Europe, and flights from Dubai to Colombo can be booked in advance.
Colombo can also be visited via buses and trains if you plan to visit from any other city in Sri Lanka.
Things to do and places to visit in Colombo
There’s a lot to do in Colombo. Here, we bring you a small list of places which must be on your list if you want to know the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka.
The Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara Temple:
This is a Buddhist temple and the Buddhists believe that the place has been blessed during the last visit of Lord Buddha to Sri Lanka. The temple is famous for its paintings and images of Buddha and sculptures of local artist Solias Mendis.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Cave Temples
This place has been nominated as UNESCO World Heritage. It is famous for its toadstool of golden granite, which gets transformed in the monsoon to a water garden.
St Anthony s Church Kochikade Colombo
This place is a famous Roman Catholic Church and is dedicated to St. Anthony of Padua. The church is declared as a national shrine.
Known for its hospitality with upbeat spirituality and awesome cuisine, this place is a treat to relax and enjoy. If you are a foodie, you will definitely fall in love with this place.
At the center of the lake is a small island which has the Simamalaka Shrine. It’s a beautiful and peaceful place to sit and have a break, viewing the graceful green waters.
Among all the places, these five were the best picks for visitors who are planning to take a trip all the way to Colombo. So, take a break and visit this beautiful place.