The largest city and the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo still holds on to the timeless charm of its golden past even as it is evolving to be a bustling metropolis. It is the main port of Sri Lanka and is a vivacious city with a subtle blend of modernity and tradition. Colombo was a popular maritime trading post since ages, due to its strategic location in the East and the West
While in Colombo, make sure to check out the leading shopper's hub of Pettah for bargain buys. Browse along the many hole- in- the- wall shops that line its ancient cobbled streets where you can buy anything under the sun literally! From brightly printed fabrics to kid's wear, toys, electrical goods jewellery, watches and some rare first edition books, there is something for everyone here. Check out Prince Street for glass and mirrors and electrical items whereas Malwatte Avenue is famous for its impressive collection of English, Sinhala and Tamil audio CDs and cassettes.
The beach lovers can head towards Galle Face Green, a beautiful promenade on the sea face that extends to over one and a half kilometers. Set up way back in 1859, it was originally used for horse racing. At present it is the largest open space in Colombo and a famous picnic spot.
From Buddhist temples to museums, parks and zoos , there is a whole lot of attractions in Colombo, to cater to the diverse tastes of its guests. We wont be surprised if you are tempted to spend most of your days in Colombo while you are on a holiday to the island nation!