When tourists select Sri Lanka, most select a few days thinking there isn’t much to do here. Most seem to think this way especially about the commercial capital Colombo. Therefore, it is common for most to stay during a short transit period at one of the many budget hotels in Colombo until the final travel destination. But here’s a post letting you know otherwise and giving you some insight on what the city has to offer.
Places to Stay in Colombo
When it comes to looking for Colombo accommodation, the city is LITERALLY spoilt for choice. From international hotel chains to quirky hostels, the commercial capital is filled with various types of travellers and multiple choices of accommodation to suit their needs. For example, our budget hotel at Colombo 03 is an ideal location for a night or two in especially during short transit or a quick visit to the city. The hotel is close to few attractions, many restaurants and even some of the city’s vibrant nightlife.
Places to See in Colombo
Colombo has a little bit more to sightsee than we think. Here is a list of places that might pass your fancy:
- Museums in Colombo – The National Museum of Colombo is an iconic landmark built in 1877. It is one of the oldest and largest museums in the country. Do make note that the Museum is closed on Fridays. The National Museum of Natural History, located close to the main museum is also a must-see. This Museum is open everyday except on public holidays. Other museums include the Independence Memorial and Colombo Dutch Museums. Be sure to stop by for a quick history lesson on Sri Lanka!
- The Gangaramaya Temple. Among the most visited temples in Colombo with a mix of traditional and modern architecture.
- The Independence Square and Memorial Hall– Built in 1949, it is the national monument of the country after gaining Independence in 1948 from the British. It is an important landmark in the history of Sri Lanka, don’t forget to get a quick tour of the museum in the basement. Find yourself hungry afterwards? A quick walk to the Independence Arcade ought to do the trick!
- Walk in the streets of Pettah for shopping and discover some street food along the way. Be sure to look out for two significant landmarks Wolvendaal Church one of the oldest Protestant churches in the country and the iconic Red Mosque.
- Picnic at Viharamahadevi Park – A great activity when travelling with children or if you are looking for a quick relaxing afternoon snooze. Don’t forget to catch a glimpse of the of the newly-constructed Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre located across the park.
Still thinking of the commercial capital as a place of little or no interest?
Featured image by Muradh Mohideen.