Often overlooked by visitors to Sri Lanka, experiencing the cosmopolitan attractions of its commercial capital Colombo is very much worth the time
In Colombo, you’ll see a completely different side of Sri Lanka. A world away from its pristine beaches and peaceful tea plantations, Colombo is a lively, rapidly growing city with fantastic food, culture, shopping and much, much more. You can experience this vibrant city anyway you want – on a walking tour, on an exhilarating tuk tuk ride or even on a night cycling city tour. Colombo is a city of endless opportunity, so you may well find yourself having a completely different experience every time you visit.
Colombo is known for its fantastic street food scene, with authentic local delicacies to be found on virtually every street corner. With a little exploration, you can find authentic, welcoming cafes serving traditional Sri Lankan dishes, along with characterful shops and bustling hawker markets where you can try anything that takes your fancy.
If you can tear yourself away from the gastronomic delights of Colombo, there are plenty of fascinating historical sites to see. Visit the Dutch Period Museum, the holy Gangaramaya Temple, the National Museum and of course, the famous Colombo Fort. Stroll around the beautiful Viharamahadevi Park and marvel at the flowering trees, or along the seaside promenade of Galle Face Green.
Want to try something different? Book yourself onto a tea tasting session, to find out about the long history and culture of tea in Sri Lanka. Whether it’s a private cooking lesson, a round of gold or an evening of jazz at the local café, there’s something for everyone in Colombo. And of course, the city is the perfect jumping-off point for further adventures in Sri Lanka.
Plan your trip to Colombo today!