Colombo is a great place to start a Sri Lankan tour. It became an attractive tourist destination that attracts tourists from all over the world. It is a big and rushed city of 5 million inhabitants, which, besides the beach, has much to offer to tourists. Colombo is a blend of historical and modern elements that together make the city very interesting.
Places to visit
The National Museum of Colombo is the best place to start getting to know Colombo. It is the largest museum in the country that dates back to 1877. The museum gathers various objects from the past of Sri Lanka, and one of the most interesting attractions is the stone statue of Buddha dating back to the 9th century. Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple is one of the most beautiful in Colombo. Its architectural style is diverse, so it includes Chinese, Indian and Thai influences. Apart from being the most important place for worship in Colombia, it is also the place with the most beautiful view of the city. Half-kilometer long Galle Face Green Promenade is one of the most beautiful places in the city, which must be seen. Hikkaduwa Beach, Nilaveli Beach and Unawatuna Beach are ideal for relaxing and enjoying in the magic of Colombo.
Barefoot is a charming store at Galle Road and Bambalapitiya. In addition to silk gloves and various household items, you can also buy various books about Sri Lanka, and during the break you can have coffee in the cafe that is in the store. The Good Market sells everything from organic products to various accessories. All products are local, and many sellers are also owners of small businesses. Sri Lanka is well-known for its tees, so it is necessary to visit the famous Dilmah store which has the largest selection of tea.
When staying a night in Colombo, we always recommend that you choose a bed and breakfast meal plan. This is to allow you to experience the multiple culinary experiences available for you in walking distance. From world renowned fast food chains to exclusive Michelin star quality cuisine is available in short outreach.
If you want to try the best crab in Colombo then you have to go to the Ministry of Crab. It is a restaurant with the most diverse range of crabs in all of Sri Lanka. It is located in a four-hundred-year-old ancient Dutch hospital so that besides top-class specialties, the restaurant also has an authentic minimalist decor. For a more relaxed variant, visit Nana’s restaurant at Galle Face Green. Here you can try the best rice dishes and the best grilled meat. Rare at Residence is a restaurant with a local and international cuisine with an emphasis on authentic ingredients of Sri Lanka.
Historical places in Colombo
The true spirit of Colombo can be felt through historical monuments that are of great significance for the history of the city. Independence Square is located at Independence Avenue. Independence Commemoration Hall was erected in the cast of independence from Sri Lanka from Great Britain. Old Parliament Building was built in the 1930s and is famous for its beautiful architecture. In front of the parliament are the statues of well-known Sri Lankan politicians. The Old Dutch Hospital building dates back to the 1600s, from the period of colonialism. Part of the complex has been restored today, so you can enjoy it in some of the cafes. In the Main Street, Pettah, there is Old Town Hall, one of the symbols of Colombo. The building once had a court function, and now it is one of the most famous attractions in Colombo.
Colombo does not miss a place for adventure. Colombo has a beautiful coastline ideal for all diving enthusiasts. If you want to try something different, then explore from the air with Cinnamon Air Scenic Flights. Not far from the city are locations perfect for Bird Watching, White Water Rafting, Diving and many other activities.
Weather in Colombo
Sri Lanka is suitable for visiting throughout the year. There are two seasons of monsoon that affect time. The average temperatures in Colombo during the year range between 71 ° F or above 93 ° F. The best time to visit Colombo is from mid-December to early March.