Sri Lanka’s Commercial Capital
Home to nearly six million people, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is an intriguing metropolis. Considered to be the cultural hub of the country, Colombo encapsulates its visitors with its history and evolving cityscape.
Tracing over two thousand years of history, Colombo displays architectural elements of the past.
National Museum of Colombo
Experience over 2500 years of history with the National Museum of Colombo. Maintaining over a thousands of artefacts, the national museum provides for a comprehensive historical tour. View items of regalia, relics and even the skeletal remains of a Blue Whale Bone.
Colombo Dutch Museum
Found on Prince Street Pettah, the Colombo Dutch Museum was the residence of the Dutch Governor of Ceylon Thomas Van Rhee. Exhibiting articles relevant to the Dutch era such as weaponry, currency and attire, the museum is complete with landscaped gardens.
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara
Situated in the town of Kelaniya, the temple traces it lineage to 500 BCE. It is said that the temple was consecrated during the third and final visit of Lord Buddha. Finished with murals depicting important moments in the life of Lord Buddha, the Kelaniya temple is one of the most beautiful temples in the capital.
St Lucia Cathedral
The oldest and largest cathedral in Sri Lanka, St. Lucia Cathedral is located in Kotahena, Colombo. Its remarkable architecture and spacious interior complete with sculptures of Saints and altars made out of white marble is an exquisite treat for travellers.
One of the most prominent temples in the city, the Gangaramaya temple also functions as a learning centre and an orphanage. Besides its charming surroundings, the temple also displays an exclusive collection of artefacts.
Constructed during the British Colonial Era, the Viharamahadevi Park was initially christened as Victoria Park. Located in the heart of Colombo, it is one of the oldest and largest parks in Sri Lanka. Subsequently renamed as Viharamahadevi after the mother of the heroic King Dutugemunu, the park today is a popular spot for city dwellers. Learn More