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What to do in Colombo
Colombo is the largest city in Sri Lanka. This exciting city blends the modern and new, and it’s home to most of the country’s restaurants and entertainment venues. Travellers can choose from historic, leisure, and religious places to visit, so you’ll get your Sri Lankan Rupee’s worth during your entire trip.
Relive the history of Colombo by hopping on a bus and heading to the National Museum of Colombo, Colombo Dutch Museum, and the stunning Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara Buddhist temple.
The city also has great galleries for you to spend time in, like the Sapumal Foundation, Lionel Wendt Memorial Art Centre, and Casa Serena Art Gallery. Want to see Mother Nature’s handiwork? Get a break from the concrete jungle and stop by Attidiya Bird Sanctuary, National Zoological Gardens, and Victoria Park.
If you’re looking for the beach, you can’t go wrong with the popular Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia. You can also go on a food run here because the beach is chockfull of restaurants for all budgets, plus there’s a good deal of nightlife too.
Colombo is also a great place for shopaholics, plus it’s a great way for you to see the city like a local. Take your pick and spend your Sri Lankan Rupee at Barefoot, Lakpahana, Lakmedura and the Pettah Market. You can also join Colombo’s best events and get your fill of the city’s culture. Don’t miss the grand elephant processions of Navam Perahera in February and the dazzling lanterns of Vesak (Buddha’s Birthday).
A lovely way for your Colombo story to come to a close is by visiting Galle Face Green. This massive promenade area is a lovely place for you to spend some time with your friends, loved ones, and kids. But it’s also a perfect place for solo travellers to observe the locals and watch the sunset over the ocean.
There’s more to the city that you should explore, just read Nerd Nomads’ 10 cool things to do in Colombo for more travel inspiration!
When to visit Colombo
The best time to visit Colombo is during November to April when you can enjoy pleasant weather and also attend the city’s best events.
You can fly to Sri Lanka and visit Colombo for 30 days after you secure your tourist visa. Check out Smartraveller for more info.
Travelling to and around Colombo
After flying in to Bandaranaike International Airport, get to the city by bus, taxi, and train. Start wandering the city of Colombo by taxi, bus, train, and tri-shaw.
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