The capital city of Sri Lanka produces about two-fifths of the country’s overall economic output. Formerly called Ceylon, it is located in the northern Indian Ocean close to India’s southern coast. This big cosmopolitan city has experienced quite a building boom of high skyscrapers, new roads, several posh hotels, a gigantic TV tower, and a big shopping mall, along with a new harbor port. Divided into 13 districts, it is also the most ethnically mixed place in Sri Lanka with Muslims, Hindus, Christians, and Buddhists. This city is a city with a great mixture of modern life and architecture, along with old colonial buildings and ruins. Dating back centuries, it also served as the perfect location for trade.

Want to visit this Colombo? You should land at the Bandaranaike Airport which harbours both national and international flights. You can book Cheap Dubai to Colombo flights, Hong Kong to Colombo flights, Tokyo to Colombo flights and more from reliable booking sites.

You must be wondering, what you can do here, so let’s check out a list of how you can enjoy yourself in Colombo:

  • Get lost in the beauty of its architecture: The Fort Area of Colombo is the perfect mix of old colonial buildings and modern life and architecture like the hospital building, parliamentary building etc. which are perfect for a stroll. So put on some good walking shoes and just walk through these wonders. Don’t miss out on Pettah on your journey. Take a tuk-tuk to the rest of the sights and if you rest you can simply enjoy some delicious Sri Lankan rice and curry while watching the sunset at Galle Face Green.
  • Sambodhi Chaitiya dagoba/ stupa: The dagoba is on 20 m tall legs so that sailors at the sea could see it. This bright white stupa is actually just north of the Old Galle Buck Lighthouse.
  • Visit Old Galle Buck Lighthouse: Surrounded by old cannons and built in 1954, this lighthouse has a beautiful view of the ocean and Colombo port. It is located on the Marine Drive.
  • Central Point: Built in 1914, its interior is marvelous, especially the chandelier which is the tallest in the whole of Asia. Moreover, the building also houses a museum of local money which is located at Chatham Street, Colombo 1. The entrance is also free.
  • The Clock Tower: Built in 1857, it is located in the junction of Chatham Street and Janadhipathi Mawatha Street. A beauty to behold, don’t miss this on your way.
  • St Peter´s Church: This is the oldest church in Colombo (1821) which is still in use. It is located on Church Street just north of the Grand Oriental Hotel.
  • Cargills Main Store: This beautiful bright red building is a masterpiece that dates back to 1906. Sadly this building is pretty empty but if you want some peace and quiet time, this is the place to visit.
  • Lloyd´s Buildings: This is a stunning newly renovated building which was constructed in 1908. It is located on Sir Baron Jayatilleke Mawatha and is a beauty to visit with family and friends.

Colombo is a city which has learned to live with the past by incorporating it with the present and thus amalgamation can be seen everywhere from its architecture to its culture.