Colombo

Mixture of East & West, past & present
The commercial capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is the only gateway to the resplendent tropical island. Colombo, a fascinating city, a blend of East & West as well as a cozy mixture of past & present, is dotted with numerous interesting and important tourist attractions including colonial era buildings.

Colonial Buildings at Fort
Presidential Secretariat (previously the Parliament house) , The Grand Oriental Hotel, built in the mid 19th century barracks for soldiers , The Lighthouse clock Tower , Red & White Cargills & Millers departmental stores with ancient brass signs & wooden display cabinets , General Post Office building , The Delft Gateway dating to Dutch period. The Fort Police Station which was once a Dutch Hospital, Lloyds Building , The Chartered bank building , the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank building

The World Trade Centre
The 40 storied Twin Tower complex named The World Trade Centre of Colombo houses Colombo Stock Exchange (one of the most modern exchanges in South Asia, providing a fully automated trading platform), Board of Investment (BOI), & the national carrier Sri Lankan Airlines among many other commercial establishment.

Shopping complexes along the Galle Road :.Majestic City (called MC), Liberty Plaza and Crescat Boulevard along the Galle road are popular among the locals where you could shop for garments, shoes, handicrafts

Luxury hotels along the Galle Road : Ceylon Continental Hotel, Cinnamon Grand Colombo, Hotel Hilton, Taj Samudra, Holiday Inn, Galle Face Hotel (oldest hotel east of Suez) Mount Laviniya Hotel.

Nightlife: Numerous casinos, bars, nightclubs & pubs. Blue elephant at the Hilton, The Boom in the Galadari Hotel, Cascades at Cinnamon Grand Colombo & Legends at Majestic City.

National Museum: Housed in a fine colonial-era building, the National museum exhibits an extremely rich archeological & artistic collection. There are fascinating 19th century reproductions of English paintings of Ceylon. The most important items include the throne of the last royal court. Visitors could gain a good understanding of 2500 year history of Sri Lanka.

Vihara Maha Devi Park (formerly Victoria Park) – This is the largest & most attractive greenery in Colombo.

Kelaniya Royal Temple

The glorious temple located about 7 km to the north is the oldest attraction near Colombo. A site visited by Buddha, Kelaniya Royal Temple is renowned for it’s paintings in the image house.

Muturajawela Marshes (Colombo Wetlands)

7km (4miles) from the airport, just off the main Colombo-Negambo road, the Muturajawela Marshes are Sri Lanka’s first wetlands reserve. We can enjoy a boat ride from the visitor centre through a wide expanse of marshland which connects with the Negambo Lagoon. Among the birds are purple herons, egrets, four kingfisher species, grebes, moorhens, lesser whistling ducks, & painted storks. Toque monkeys are seen too. The marshlands also shelter 15 amphibian species, 37 reptile species & 34 mammal species.