Colombo

Colombo, Sri Lanka’s commercial capital city is an interesting blend of varying influences. It has been a cosmopolitan city for more than 600 years.

Colombo, Sri Lanka’s commercial capital city is an interesting blend of varying influences. It has been a cosmopolitan city for more than 600 years. Its importance as a trading port increased after the arrival of the Portuguese to the island in the early 16th Century. It continued to grow under the Dutch and British, and today shows the marked influence of all those cultures - Islamic mosques, the Catholic, Dutch Reformed and Anglican churches. Colombo is broken into 15 postal code areas also used to identify specific areas.

Fort still is of great interest to shoppers with the many old shops which specialize in Gems & Jewellery, Silks, Batiks, Handicrafts Curios, Antiques, old stamps and excellent leather goods. The Clock Tower cum Lighthouse nearly 100 years old is a very rare and significant sight.

Tourists Attractions in Colombo

  • City Tour

Colombo, Sri Lanka’s commercial capital city is an interesting blend of varying influences. It has been a cosmopolitan city and for more than 600 years. Fort still has great interest for shoppers with the many old shops which specialize in Gems & Jewellery, Silks, Batiks, Handicrafts Curios, Antiques, old stamps and excellent leather goods. The Clock Tower cum Lighthouse nearly 100 years old is a very rare sight. The Galle Face Green, the mile long promenade is the largest open air stretch in the city providing a breathtaking view of the sunset with main city hotels around it. Pettah, is the busiest shopping bazaar in the city specializing in various trades. A typical tour of the City of Colombo would include the Bauddhaloka Buddha image (avukana) which is a 36 feet tall largest Buddha statue in Colombo, Wolvendhal Church (built by the Dutch in 1757), St.Anthony's Church, St. Lucia's Cathedral and the New Kathiresan Kovil (largest Hindu Kovil in the city).

  • National Zoological

Mr. John Hagenbeck, who initially started the Dehiwela Zoo, belongs to a family engaged in animal circuses. He collected and kept the animals in this premises for trade. Mr. Hagenbeck exported wild animals to Europe to his brother Carl Hagenbeck who was one of the biggest animal dealers in Europe at that time. To hold the animals before exporting them to Europe, he bought 05 acres of land at Dehiwela at the beginning of the century. This became quite popular among the residents of the area. The total area of the collection centre was increased to 11 acres to hold the animals received. Subsequently the centre was taken over by the government in 1936. The extent of the land was increased gradually to the present status of 23 acres (11 ha. approximately).

  • Swimming

There are beaches along the coastal line near Colombo, with the closest and most popular being Mount Lavinia, surrounded by tourist hotels, motels and Inns. While the Mount Lavinia beach in Colombo is an excellent location for swimmers with its golden sandy beach, those who want to take a dip in a pool can use the hotel swimming pools to enjoy their private relaxing times.

  • Night Clubs and Casinos

Night life in Colombo includes Casinos such as MGM Grand Casino Club and many others as well as pubs and dancing clubs. At MGM Grand Casino Club, a five star class luxury Casino which is the Premier Night Life destination in Colombo, your ultimate enjoyment, contentment and opulence are seen as the Hall Marks designed to mesmerise you with its style and class. You can play upto 10 Euro free with a Coupon presented to you upon arrival and all you have to do is play Roulette, Black Jack, Asia Poker or Baccarat or just sit back and enjoy the live music, Luxurious Liquor and great food. All these facilities are provided on the house with the best hospitality in town.

  • Golf

There are two beautiful and large Golf courses in Colombo built with 18 holes for golf lovers. Playing golf is the best way to spend the time leisurely. If you are not an expert do not worry, the golf clubs serve for both learners and for Experts and also you can get the equipment from the Club house as well. The Royal Colombo Golf Club is situated within Colombo with a railway line that runs bordering it. This was built by the British during 1896 and the oldest from all. It as a Club house and also the facilities such as food and beverages, rooms etc.

Colombo on map

Sri Lanka Tourism Activities around Colombo