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Things To Do In Colombo

It might be known as Sri Lanka's commercial centre, but Colombo has much more to offer the discerning traveller. A Colombo tour by foot, car, tuk tuk or bike is the best way to cover the main attractions and landmarks such as The National Museum of Colombo, The Lady Ward Clock Tower, Fort Railway Station and the Grand Red Mosque, to name just a few. There are also some important religious sites you won’t want to miss, such as the imposing Gangaramaya Temple.

Soak up the city’s vibrant culture at the bustling Pettah Bazaar, sample local delicacies such as a freshly-cut King Coconut, and marvel at the biggest Chandelier in South East Asia. Other cultural highlights include going to see a traditional Sri Lankan dance show at the Sri Dharanee Performing Arts Theatre. 

Or perhaps you’re keen to explore Colombo’s man-made wonders. A journey to the top of the Lotus Tower - the tallest tower in South Asia - is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry. Enjoy wining and dining in the revolving restaurant and admire the panoramic views of the city sprawled out below. You won’t be able to resist the urge to take a selfie with the impressive skyline. 

Viharamahadavi Park Buddha statue

Of course, no trip to Sri Lanka is complete without trying some of the mouth-watering cuisine. Food tours in Colombo offer a great introduction to some of the local delicacies such as hoppers, wadai and kothu. Savour the flavours of Sinhala, Muslim, Tamil and Malay food, followed by a cup of refreshing tea. And talking of this popular drink, why not take the time to learn more about the famous Ceylon tea with a visit to one of the plantations? Witness the art of tea-picking, taste some of the exotic varieties produced on the island and take some home as a souvenir. 

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Experiences and attractions in Colombo

Galle Face Green

Need to escape the chaos of Colombo for a while? Look no further than Galle Face Green. A long ribbon of parkland stretching 500 metres along the coastline, this is where city dwellers and weary travellers come to take a much-needed breather from the hustle and bustle. Though the city’s incessant buzz is never far away, the sprawling lawns, sandy stretches and ocean breeze offer a refreshing respite from the busy, sun-baked streets.

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Lotus Tower

If there’s one building that dominates the ever-changing skyline of Colombo, it’s the Lotus Tower. Standing at 350 metres, it’s the tallest self-supported structure in South Asia and the city’s single most spectacular sight - you’d struggle to miss it even on an overcast day. A journey to the top isn’t for the faint-hearted, but the spectacular panoramic views make it more than worthwhile.

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Viharamahadevi Park

Just steps from the National Museum of Colombo and the city library, Viharamahadevi Park is ideally placed for taking a much-needed rest in between sightseeing. If you’re looking to take a refreshing break from the bustling city centre, there’s no better place than Viharamahadevi Park. Grab a cool drink, take a seat beneath the trees and watch the world go by.

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National Museum of Colombo

For the chance to brush up on your history of Sri Lanka - and see some weird and wonderful sights - a trip to the National Museum of Colombo is a must. Manicured lawns dotted with huge banyan trees and the Italian-inspired facade makes this one of the country's most visually appealing cultural hubs, while inside all manner of ancient antiques, art and artefacts are waiting to be discovered.

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