Things to Do in Colombo: Take in the sights and spirit of the Capital

Colombo city center with the Buddha statues

Sri Lanka is one of the most vibrant international destinations for a tourist. If you are visiting Sri Lanka, the capital Colombo, a port city, cannot be missed. Despite its small size, Colombo offers a varying selection of experience. It ranges from a tuktuk ride, a visit to Pettah market and eating Kottu. You can also play a round of golf at one of the colonial style golf clubs. Colombo is also home to some high end shopping destinations where you can fulfill your shopping appetite to the fullest.

While in Colombo are to play some good golf at the Royal Colombo Golf Club, one of the finest in the country. You can hop onto an open double decker bus and take a tour of the city. If this does not satisfy you, you can plan a visit the Mt. Lavinia Beach. While there, you can enjoy some great sea food or do some open shopping and fill your hearts and bags. You can even get some good massage at one of many Colombo’s famed spas.

Apart from these, for the art lover in you, there is the Colombo National Museum. The Museum houses fine arts like ancient paintings, sculptures and sketches dating back to 4th century BC. You can also visit the Gangarama Vihara, one of the most venerable temples in the country. It is decorated with wonderful brass work, stone carvings, and other Buddhist art. Also a place of learning, it houses a museum, complete with residential hall.

For the adventurous tourist in you, go around the Dehiwala Zoological Garden, which is beautifully landscaped 30 acres. It has a rich collection of mammals, birds, reptiles and fishes live in harmony with Nature. Of course, for entertainment there is Leisure World, Sri Lanka’s first Amusement Water theme Park, get wet and wild here. And lastly, for the party animal, live out with the night life in Colombo, with some chilled out bars, casinos and clubs.

When in Colombo, make sure you are checked into the Ramada by Wyndham Katunayake, Colombo’s finest hotel. The hotel is only 10 mins from Colombo International Airport.

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