Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka, is the largest city of the island. In other words, it is to Sri Lanka what Mumbai is to India – the Financial Capital of India.
Apart from all this, Colombo is also a beautiful tourist attraction. Chennai is the closest port that can be used to reach the city of Colombo via both air and sea.
Colombo has various beautiful places to be seen.
The National Museum in Colombo is one of the most beautiful and important sites a tourist must visit. On entering the museum, one gets to see a large statue of Buddha smiling mysteriously.
The museum gives a lot of information about the times when the British ruled Sri Lanka. Various forms of art, sculpture and drawings give an insight into the history of Sri Lanka, or Ceylon as it was known earlier.
The throne of King Wimaladharma and the 9th- Century Boddhisatva Sandals are certainly the highlights of the museum.
The Dutch Museum must be visited if one wants an insight into the history of Sri Lanka. Originally, the museum was the place of residence of the then Dutch Governor, but later was used as a military hospital, a police station and a post office.
The museum is surrounded by a lovely garden and is a beautiful example of Dutch Architecture. It was the venue when the King of Kandy signed a treaty and allowed traders to enter Ceylon on business purpose.
Fort is the financial center of Sri Lanka. As the name goes, historically, it served as a fort during the European rule of Ceylon. One can see the twin tower which is one of the most important landmarks of the city. The Fort is also the headquarters to various financial banks of Sri Lanka.
Viharamahadevi Park was originally called the Victoria Park and is today Colombo’s largest park. The Park’s uniqueness lies in its beautiful trees and the flowers which bloom from March to early May. Often, elephants find food here and use this place to rest as well.
It is a beautiful place to take a stroll early in the morning or after a hard day’s work.
Galle Face Green is a beautiful lawn facing the sea. One can visit this beautiful place to witness the sunset. For many, this is a place where one can fly their kites, play a game of cricket or simply jog around.
If you want to dine on a beach then Bu Ba is certainly the place to visit. Candle light dinners in the midst of palm trees which act as shades, some of the most exotic menu to choose from, followed by a weekend party, this place will give you a different kind of experience.
Sri Lanka is a small island, which means that there are plenty of beaches to visit. All these beaches are unique in their own manner.
Tangalla Beach, for instance, is one of the most visited beaches in Colombo. The coconut coloured beach is enough to attract a sea of visitors who come there to either watch the sunset or sit there and enjoy the breeze.
Mirrisa Beach is another beach which must be visited. The best part about this beach is that all you have to do is put up a hammock and lie down, while you drink coconut water. Tourists who love water games go for water safaris to spot Blue Whales, known to be the largest mammals on Earth.
Pigeon Island off Nilaveli beach is another beautiful beach to visit, if you want to go for snorkeling and witness some of the most beautiful fish, corals and other underwater species.
Apart from these, there are other beaches such as Arungam Bay, Uppuveli Beach, Bentota, Unawatuna etc. in this city.
These are some of the best attractions in Colombo a tourist can visit. Enhanced by some of the most delighted cuisines to taste, a visit to these attractions will certainly be a memory that’s never forgotten.