Posted by: Vineet Bansal
9 Best Things to Do
in Colombo, Sri Lanka
to Sri Lanka? Congrats, thatâ€™s a great choice If you decide to go, youâ€™ll most probably land
and arrive in Colombo first, a vibrant city that is the capital of Sri Lanka.
is a very busy city, with a historic past and a rich culture. Itâ€™s a bit
chaotic at times and itâ€™s full of crowds, tuk-tuks, shops, churches,
restaurants, luxury hotels, shopping opportunities and interesting
architecture. There are beautiful Sri Lankan colonial buildings everywhere you
look, with Portuguese, Dutch and British influences, and modern structures as
well. Wondering what the top things to do in Colombo city are? During my 10-day
adventure in Sri Lanka, I explored Colombo for two full days and now Iâ€™m able
to offer you my personalized recommendations for what is worth visiting inside
this exciting city.
SIMPLY WALK AROUND
around Colombo is definitely the best way to experience the authentic vibe of
the city. For example, I recommend walking on Malwaththa Road. Itâ€™s filled with
life and also shops with bags, clothes, shoes, wood figurines, souvenirs and
everything else you might imagine. The Colombo Fort area is another great
choice to go to if you want to admire the beautiful colonial architecture. Galle Face Green is also a great spot for a
TAKE A CITY TOUR
donâ€™t actually know what to do in Colombo or youâ€™re tired of walking around and
want something more entertaining instead, I recommend taking either an open
deck bus tour or a tuk-tuk tour. These are two of your best choices for Colombo
On bus tour you may see many interesting sights such as the Second World War Memorial, the Lotus Tower (tallest self-supported building in South Asia), the Old Parliament Building, the Town Hall, the Independence Memorial Hall, the Old Colombo Dutch Hospital, Dawatagaha Jumma Masjid Mosque and more. Basically all the well-known attractions in Colombo.
next to Beira Lake, Gangaramaya Temple is a Buddhist temple and actually one of
the oldest and most important temples of Colombo. And itâ€™s very beautiful as well,
I must add, so itâ€™s no wonder that itâ€™s one of the most famous attractions in
this Buddhist temple is actually a great learning center for the locals, they
also have an on-site museum with a large collection of old artifacts that I recommend
you check out. Plus, you definitely canâ€™t miss the big, colorful Buddha located
inside Gangaramaya temple. On a similar note, be careful not to miss one of the
most interesting artifacts: the worldâ€™s tiniest Buddha statue.
ADMIRE THE RED
Red Mosque, also known as (Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque), is a gorgeous building and
one of the oldest mosques in Colombo. It actually looks like no other mosque I
have ever seen! The building is tall, with red and white patterns that are
simply mesmerizing- you just canâ€™t miss it when walking around the streets.
Trust me, youâ€™ll love it once you see it. Unfortunately, even though itâ€™s up
high on my list of places to visit in Colombo, Sri Lanka, you can only admire
it from the outside, as only Muslim people can go inside.
ENJOY A COCKTAIL ON
A ROOFTOP BAR
end of our first day of exploring Colombo, we went to Vistas Bar on Move n pick
Hotel and enjoyed some local Achcharu cocktails, their signature Sri
Lanka-inspired cocktail (Rs. 990 / US $14).
Here are some other amazing rooftop bars in Colombo that
you can try
CÃˆ LA VI â€“ on top of The Kingsbury
Hotel; they serve drinks and food
Ward7 â€“ on top of Jetwing Colombo
Seven Hotel; it has amazing views
Vu Resto-Bar â€“ calm atmosphere; they
serve drinks and food