The vibrant big city of the nation
Sri Lanka’s buzzing commercial capital
Colombo City
A hotspot full of diverse attractions from upscale shopping malls to busy markets, restaurants and cafes to vibrant nightlife, you’ll find many things to do in Colombo. Here, contrasting lifestyles and traditions both old and new continue, while heritage sites, colonial mansions and ultra-modern skyscrapers sit side by side. The legacies left by the Portuguese, Dutch and English remain in the city’s culture and architecture with many colonial buildings restored and maintained.

Several historical sites including ancient Buddhist temples, Hindu Kovils, churches, and mosques are also found in the heart of the city.
Things to see
in Colombo
Independence Square
A national monument of Kandyan style architecture, this landmark and the surrounding square was built in 1948 to commemorate Independence from British rule.
Colombo National Museum
A beautiful colonial building surrounded by vast grounds, a collection of relics, artefacts and historical paraphernalia from Sri Lanka’s antiquity are housed here.
Gangaramaya Temple
A mix of modern architecture and cultural significance, the complex comprises the main temple, a museum, a library and a vocational training centre.
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