Colombo is one of the closest cities to the Katunayake International Airport. It’s the best place to get high quality and luxurious accommodation on your stay in this wonderful country. Filled with 5-star quality restaurants and hotels you can’t go wrong if you chose Colombo. Colombo is full of large department stores and other stores that will you the opportunity to take something back when you chose to return home.
Colombo is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins. it was made the capital of the island when Sri Lanka was ceded to the British Empire in 1815,and its status as capital retained and the Nation became independent in 1948.
Historically, Colombo is referred to the area around the Fort and Pettah Market which is famous for the variety of products available as well as the Khan Clock Tower, a local landmark. At present, it refers to the city limits of the Colombo Municipal Council.
More often, the name is used for the Conurbation known as Greater Colombo, which encompasses several Municipal councils including Kotte, Dehiwela and Colombo.
The largest and one of the busiest ports in Sri Lanka, the Colombo Harbor is located in this city. Colombo was established primarily as a port city during the colonial era, with an artificial harbor that has been expanded over the years. The Sri Lanka Navy maintains a naval base.
The two World Trade Centre towers are the most recognized landmarks of the city. Even before the skyscrapers were built it was the Old Parliament Building that stood majestically in the Fort district with the Old Colombo Lighthouse situated close to it.
Attractions not to miss
The National Museum
The Independence Square
Replica of Aukana Buddha Statue opposite Bandaranayake Memorial international conference Hall
Visit Kelaniya Temple
Visit the Gangarama Temple
Wolvendaal Church built during Dutch era 1749
Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque at Second Cross Street, in the Pettah -1908
Temple of Sri Kailawasanathan Swami Devasthanam Kovil
Galleface Hotel and Galleface Green
Mt. Lavinia Hotel and Beach
Old parliament Building
Dutch Hospital precinct many restaurants and shopping
From buzzing bazaars to stylish boutiques, Colombo’s shopping experience is improving. At the Laksala craft village in the suburb of Battaramulla, wil have products villagers turn out intricate crafts from clay, brass, wood and palm leaves. Other shopping points like Paradise Road, Gandhara, and Saffron Villas. Barefoot is a popular tourist haunt. If you are looking for souvenir or Gift shop Lakpahana and the Laksala is the Best. There are several good quality jewelers. The trading heart of the city is in the narrow streets of Pettah Bazaar where you will find anything from steel pots to the latest mobile phones. The ODEL, The House of fashion for clothes, The Majestic city shopping mall are good locations for shopping.
Eating out in Colombo
A wide selection of small restaurants serve local hawker-style favorites like meat patties, fish buns, egg rolls, string hoppers, lamprais, kothu roti and biryani. There is a wide variety of western-style fast food outlets and coffee shops ranging from KFC McDonalds and Pizza Hut to Barista, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Coco Verandah, and the Commons.
If you are searching for authentic Sri Lankan food then choose from the Palmyrah Restaurant at Renuka Hotel, Hilton’s Curry Leaf, Nugagama at the Cinnamon Grand and Green Cabin Restaurant on Galle Road upalis by Nawaloka. Raja Bojun opposite Cinnamon Grand Hotel. Indian cuisine is served at Mango Tree, Navarathna (Taj Samudra) and Chutneys (Cinnamon Grand).
Experience the dining-out experience is at the Paradise Road Gallery Cafe, the restaurant with the. Try Barefoot Cafe which often has live jazz on a Sunday. The Ministry of Crab set in the colonial period Dutch Hospital shopping precinct, serves up crab cooked Sri Lankan and western style. The Lagoon at Cinnamon Grand is also a good seafood restaurant. Try the Beach Wadiya on the Beach in Wellawatte by the marine drive is a excellent little restaurant. There are many authentic Thai and Japanese restaurants in the city
Colombo has a Selection of pubs, nightclubs and hotel bars that come alive especially on Friday and Saturday nights and feature live bands or DJ music. 7 Degrees North (Cinnamon Lakeside) is a fabulous setting by the lagoon. There is also the Breeze Bar (Cinnamon Grand), Library (Cinnamon Lakeside), Zaza Bar (CASA Colombo), Amuseum,. Cheers Pub (Cinnamon Grand), In on the Green (Galle Face Hotel).