Colombo is a city with many faces. From its trendy restaurants to Buddhist shrines, cricket culture and beachfront shacks, this city has a lot to offer. Here is a short list of what to see in Colombo.
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara
Buddhism is one of the main religions in Sri Lanka and the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara is an important landmark of religious significance. Known for an image of the reclining Buddha and an 18-foot statue, this place is a must-see in Colombo.
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
One of Colombo’s popular Buddhist landmarks, the architecture of the Gangaramaya Temple is influenced by Thai, Indian, Sri Lankan and Chinese elements. A place of worship and learning, this place warrants a visit if you are interested in Colombo’s Buddhist heritage.
A visit to the Viharamahadevi Park is one of the things to do in Colombo. Colombo’s largest park is also the oldest public green space area in the city. Open 24 hours, this serene getaway includes water fountains, an open air stadium and a children’s play area.
The Royal Colombo Golf Club
Visiting Colombo should include a day at the greens, and at the Royal Colombo Golf Club you can enjoy a few swings or discover the rich heritage of this colonial masterpiece.
Timings: 6AM to 11PM All Days
Mt. Lavinia Beach
A trip to Colombo without a walk on the warm sands of the Mt. Lavinia Beach would be incomplete. Enjoy the soothing seaside location with a drink or some delicious seafood at the many restaurants and pubs that line this coastal area.
Timings: Late Afternoons, Evenings and Nights are perfect to escape the heat.
The largest museum in Sri Lanka, the National Museum is a treasure trove of artefacts that chronicle the rich history of this island nation. Some of the exhibits here include the throne and crown of the Kandyan monarchs and the regalia of the country.
Timings: 9AM to 5PM Daily
Colombo is a city where Sri Lanka converges. With a strong cultural heritage and remnants of a colonial past, this city is a unique combination of Asian values and a Western outlook.
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