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Best Things To Do in Colombo

Commercially, being the capital and size wise, the largest, Colombo is a proud metropolitan sitting on the west end of Sri Lankan coast. The city has its population of more than 005.600 million and its city proper has a population of about 752,993. Financially, it’s the center of the country and a very popular destination for tourists.Some of the best things to do in Colombo include sleeping over at the Planetairum, taking a dip at Negombo, riding a tuk-tuk, etc. Its location is firmly on the western coast, is located almost adjacent to a place called the Great Colombo Area, a place which includes the SriJayawardenepura Kotte, the place which is Sri Lanka’s capital, legislatively, and Dehi-wala Mount Lavinia. The reason as to why Colombo is called the capital of Sri Lanka is that Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte is located well with the urban, suburban areas of Colombo. Busy and very Vibrant, Colombo is a homogenous mixture of colonial buildings, the life of moderners, and ruins. Since 10982, it has been the capital of legislature.

The very large harbor and its strategically placed position on the West coast made sure that ancient traders and merchants knew of the city almost 2,000.0 years ago. The city is where a lot of corporate offices, entertainment centers, and restaurants are.

The city is a proportionate mixture of hydrosphere and lithosphere, with a huge number of canals running throughout the city and the Beira Lake which covers an area of 65 hectares, right in the middle of the city. The lake being one of the very important and distinctive landmarks of the city was used in order to defend the people and the city. The lake hosts regattas and many theatricals on its banks. Th city experiences tropical type monsoon climate. The city experiences temperate climate almost throughout the year. Between March and April, the highest temperature that Colombo experienced is something around, 31°C. The only time there is a major, distinct weather change, is between March-April and October-January. The expectation of very heavy rain is relatively high.  The minimum temperature experienced in the city is 22°C. The average amount of rainfall is 2,500mm or 250 cm.

A popular attraction for residents and tourists if Galle Green, which is located smack dab in the middle of the city. The southern face of the promenade is marked with the Galle Green Hotel.  The most important temple in Colombo is the Gangaramaya Temple, which is a beautiful architectural mixture of Indian, Thai, Chinese, and Sri Lankan styles.

Next to the Town Hall, and the National Museum of Colombo, is the Viharamahadevi Park. It has a large Buddha Statue and is the largest, oldest park of the city, and is considered amongst one of the best things to do in Colombo.

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Galle Face Green Beach

Situated in the middle of the busy stretch of Galle Road and the Indian Ocean, this open space, established during 1859 on 5 hectares, is a huge hit among tourists of all age groups. During weekends, the place is abuzz with vendors who attract kids with their bright toys and bubbles. This area is open all through the year. Entry into the park is free.

While you are here, do not miss to taste the lip-smacking delicacies that are prepared by street vendors.

Location: This is located right next to the famous Galle Beach.

 The magical and golden rays of sunset, fresh air and the positive ambience of the place make Galle Face Green one of the must-visit places in Colombo. The place is currently taken care of by the Sri Lanka’s Urban Development Authority. 

This park is open 24/7 all through the day.

Price: Entry into this park is free of cost.

Mount Lavinia Beach

Mount Lavinia is a heritage hotel, which was predominantly a huge place during 1806. There are various ocean view rooms up for taking here, provided you book early. During special festivals and peak tourist seasons, the heritage hotel offers great deals for the benefit of tourists.

 With a spending view of the Laccadive Sea, Mount Lavinia offers luxurious services and facilities for its guests. It is located in close vicinity to the National Zoological Gardens. 

Highlights: Sunset deals, wedding packages, national holiday deals, offers on cards of certain banks etc. are some of the promotional offers advertised by Mount Lavinia throughout the year.

Timings: The hotel is open all through the year. It also has a children’s park, where children are treated to a variety of outdoor sports till 4PM.

Approximate price starts from 1000 LKR

Gangaramaya Temple

Gangaramaya Temple is not only one of the most beautiful but also one of the most iconic Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. It is more than a century since this temple was constructed; however even today, the temple doesn’t stop to surprise tourists and devotees. The pathways and doors that lead into the main sanctum sanctorum contain intricately carved sculptures that are simply breath-taking.

Highlights: The ceilings and walls contain pictures and miniature paintings that explain stories from Buddhism religion. In the main sanctorum, a huge Buddha statue exudes a brilliant sense of calmness in the devotees. Built in a mix of various architectural styles including India, Burmese, Thai and Chinese, this temple also houses a museum.

Location: The temple is located right on the Jinaratana Road in the heart of Colombo city.

Timings: The temple is open from 5.30AM to 10PM.

Price: Entry fee is LKR200 per adult.

Dehiwala Zoo

Dehiwala Zoo or the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka was set up during 1936 with the sole ambition of providing ultimate protection to a wide range of wild animals and birds. . When you are here, do not miss the impressive performances from elephants, chimpanzees and sea lions.


Location: This zoo is located at 
Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Dehiwala.

 This place is one of the members of WAZA (World Association of Zoos and Aquariums). In order to encourage breeding, this zoo is actively involved in animal exchange programs. The place is known for its exotic varieties of mammals, birds, fishes, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and marine invertebrates

Timings: The zoo is open from 8.30 AM to 6:00 PM on all days.

Approximate price starts from 100 LKR for adult and 30 LKR for child, for foreigners 500 LKR for adults and 250 LKR for child.


National Museum

If you are a history lover and have a keen eye for architecture, the National Museum is probably one of the first few places that you need to visit, when you come to Colombo. Established during 1877, this is the biggest museum in the island nation and is undoubtedly the pride of Sri Lanka. The place houses some of the best and personalised collections of the ancient Kandyan dynasty rulers.

 The museum built in Italian architecture style, is located right in the heart of the Colombo city. 

 The museum’s library deserves special mention as it contains rich manuscripts in palm leaves in languages like Burmese, Sinhala, Telugu, Tamil and much more. 

The museum is open on all days except national holidays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Price:  Approximate price for local adults and kids are 35 LKR and 20 LKR respectively, whereas, for foreign adults and kids, the prices are 600 LKR and 300 LKR respectively.

Viharamahadevi Park

Named after Queen Viharamahadevi, this park is the largest and probably the only public park in Colombo. It is one of those places that never cease to excite you irrespective of the number of times you come here.

Highlights: There are lots of places to visit here like the aquarium, mini zoo, children’s play zone, war memorial, lake and the dangerous-yet-adventurous suspension bridge above it. When you and your kids are tired of running round the park, you can just relax on the cool resting places on the park, eating local delicacies like candy floss, corn and ice-creams from the sellers here. A canopy of green trees lends a beautiful ambience to this place.

Location: The Park is located right next to the famous National Museum in the heart of Colombo.

Timings: This Park is open all through the year.

Price: Entry into the park is free of cost.

Old City Hall

This is definitely a place that will interest any architecture or history lover. Constructed over two centuries ago, the Old City Hall is one of the brilliant architectural marvels from the bygone British era. The months of January, February, March, November and December are the best when it comes to visiting Colombo. The entry price is free of cost.

on: The hall can be found on Main Street in Colombo amidst various famous tourist spots.

: There are a few attendants working in the hall, who will gladly take you around the building, provided you tip them a reasonable amount of money. The hall is literally a treasure island that contains old government equipment, transport machinery and other council chambers that were present during the earlier times.

Timings: The place is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM ll days of the week except Sundays.

Dutch Period Museum

During the period between 1656 and 1796, Dutch rulers ruled over Sri Lanka. The Dutch Museum which tourists get to watch today was once the official residing place of Thomas Van Rhee, the former Dutch Governor of Sri Lanka.


: The place is located at Prince Street in the city

: The museum contains two floors and it houses around 3000 personal collections of Dutch rulers who reigned over the place. This place was converted into a public museum during 1977, thanks to the able support rendered by the Government of Netherlands.

Timings: The museum is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Tuesday to Saturday.

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What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Colombo

  • What are some of the best things to do in Colombo?

    Colombo is situated on the west bank of Sri Lanka. Being the financial and legislative capital of a country, the city is the hub of activities. The immense amount of entertainment that tourists and locals alike receive, is incredible. Some of the best things to do in Colombo:

    • Check out the National Museum
    • Take a look at the beautiful colonial buildings
    • Take a dip at Negombo
    • Ride a Tuk-Tuk
    • Visit Dehiwala Zoo and Gardens
    • Play at Royal Colombo Golf Club
    • Take a peep at Geoffrey Bawa’s home
    •    Sleepover at Planetarium

  • What are the best adventure activities to do in Colombo?

    The city of Colombo utilizes its utilities to a very great extent. The city has lakes, fests, coasts, gardens, planetariums and the list gets longer as time passes. The best adventure activities to do in Colombo:

    •    Trekking and Hiking
    •    Diving
    • Rock Climbing
    • Deep Sea Fishing
    • Hot Air Ballooning
    • Whale Watching

  • Which are must try water sports in Colombo?

    Being situated on the coast of the Country, Colombo is graced with a very big number of water sports. The deep blue sea, the clear blue sky, and everything that comes in between makes the water sports all the more enjoyable. The watersports available in Colombo are:

    •    Bubble maker diving course for children
    •    Lagoon Canoeing
    • Scuba Diving
    •    White-Water Rafting
    •    Snorkelling
    • Open water and Advance open water diving
    •    Deep Sea Fishing
    •    Sailing
    •    Bottom Fishing tour
    •    Catamaran trip
    • Water skiing
    • Jet skiing
    •    Windsurfing
    •    Banana and tube ride
    •    Speedboat
    •    Surfing
    •    Kitesurfing
    •    Kayaking
    •    Seaplane riding
    •    Paddle boating on Beira lake
    •    Wakeboarding

  • Which all romantic things can be done in Colombo during honeymoon?

    Colombo has been blessed with scenic views, glaring suns, green trees, and beautiful weather. The lakes and gardens have a lot of hidden spots for romantic getaways, where locals and tourists alike, go to mingle.  Tailor-made for some romantic dinners, a walk, and everything romantic, Colombo is ideal for a romantic honeymoon. These are a few of the romantic things you can do in Colombo:

    • Walk on turtle bridge
    •    Candlelight dinner on a beach
    • Take Catamaran cruise
    • Go air ballooning
    • Boat ride on Madu River
    • Go for a helicopter ride
    • Go snorkeling
    •    Explore Galle

  • Which are some famous places for scuba diving in Colombo?

    The deep blue sea that Colombo is adjacent to it allows makes it perfect to go scuba diving in. The diving centers are spread out mainly across the beaches and the divers are accompanied by locals and experts. Some of the famous places for scuba diving are:

    •    Leather Coral Reef
    •    British Sergeant
    •    Taprobane East Wreck
    •    Gorgonian Gardens
    • Great Basses
    • HMS Hermes
    • Bull Dog Reef in Kalpitiya
    •    Perseus
    •    Thermopylae Sierra
    • SS Rangoon
    • MV Cordiality
    •    British Sergeant

  • Which are best places for wildlife safari in Colombo?

    The diverse climate, wildlife, and vegetation make the safaris at Colombo an immense pleasure. The vast array of animals, from leopards to elephants is a big plus. Out of the many Safaris available in the city, the following are the best:

    • Yala West (Ruhuna) National Park
    • Uda Walawe National Park
    •    Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve
    •    Kaudulla & Minneriya National Parks
    • National Park of Horton Plains
    •    Wilpattu National Park

  • Which are some famous sites for camping in Colombo?

    Camping at Colombo is a dream come true for all wannabe campers. The greenery makes it so. The national parks are ideal or the scenic views and camping. The famous camping sites in Colombo are:

    •    National Camping Park of Yala
    •    National Camping Park of Udawalawe
    •    Willpattu National Camping Park
    •    Knuckles Mountain Range Camping
    •    Mahingyanaya Sarobara
    •    Vaddha Village Camping
    •    Wahawa Hot Spring Village
    •    Rainforest Camping in Kitugala Forest Reserve
    •    Kaudalla national  Camp
    •    Sinharja Forests

  • Which are best casinos to visit in Colombo?

    Even though the word, “gambling”, instantly rings bells, nights spent at Colombo casinos are well spent. Beautifully furnished, and largely facilitated, the casinos are the hub of classy, rich people wanting to bet on something they are into. The best casinos to visit at Colombo are:

    •    Bally’s Casino
    •    Bellagio Casino
    •    Marina Casino
    • Jim’s Poker Room

  • Which are best treks in and around Colombo?

    Trekking at Colombo is a dream come true for all wannabe trekkers. The greenery makes it so. The national parks are ideal or the scenic views and trekking. The best treks in and around Colomba re:

    •    Rainforest Trekking in Kitugala Forest Reserve
    •    Waterfall  trekking in Kitugala Forest Reserve
    • Knuckles Mountains Trek National Park
    •    Sinharja Rainforest
    • Hike to Adam’s Peak
    •    World’s End Nuwara Eliya
    •    Belihuloya Sri Lanka
    • Ohiya Sri Lanka
    •    Meemure Sri Lanka

  • Where can I take elephant safaris in Colombo and how much will it cost me?

    Anyone who enjoys nature would enjoy the safaris of Colombo more than just a little. The entire concept of enjoying the feel of wood beneath them, and swaying under the sun, as if they were dancing to a gallop in a 1600s ball, I too much a feeling to push aside. The following are places where elephant safaris are available:

    •    Habana; $55 or Rs.3598
    •    Sigiriya; $60 or Rs. 3920
    •    Kaudalla; $57 or Rs. 3724

  • Where can I go for tea and herb tasting in Colombo?

    The best place to enjoy tea is the plantation in itself. Visiting Colombo without checking out its tea plantations would be rather sad for any tourist. The plantations provide its customers with ample parking space. The location of almost all the tea plantations is extremely strategic. The farms have complimentary homestays, which allow a family at a time, with bedrooms opening up to a garden of its own, and are famous for making customers forget about the outside world, and makes a dream world for them, consisting of lush greenery.

    • The tea and Herb Company
    •    Ceylon Tea Supermarket
    •    Venture Tea
    •    Diethelm Travel Sri Lanka
    • The Tea and Herb Country Limited.

  • Where can I go for blue whale watching in and around Colombo?

    We can watch blue whales in and around Colomba at:

    •    Mirissa Galle
    •    Trincomalee.

  • How is nightlife in Colombo? What can all activities be done during a night in Colombo?

    Nightlife activities in Colombo can be experienced at:

    •    Bally’s Casino
    •    Bellagio Casino
    •    Rhythm and Blues Nightclub
    • Loft Lounge Bar
    • ZAZA Bar
    • Sky Lounge
    • ON14 Rooftop Bar
    •    Barefoot Garden Café
    •    Stirred
    •    Molly’s pub
    •    Clancy’s Irish Bar
    •    Cascades

  • Which are best places for spa in Colombo?

    To relax is the most important thing to do. The best place to do so is a spa. The place in which one would find the best spa in Sri Lanka, the best spas of Sri Lanka are as follows:

    •    Thusare talking Hands
    •    ExSerenib Ayurvedic care and therapy
    •    Kemara
    • Spa Ceylon
    •    Angsana City Club and Spa Crescat City
    • Spa Ceylon and Boutique & Urban Spa
    •    Azmaara Spa
    •    Sidhalepa Spa
    • Prana Lounge
    • White
    • Sea View Spa
    • Amber Spa
    • Prana Yoga Lanka
    • The Om Space
    •    Ramani Fernando Salon and Spa
    • The Spa Colombo
    •    Ehishi Lanka

  • Which are famous temples and museums that I should visit in Colombo?

    The beautiful trees, the lakes, the river, the forests, the monuments, the museums, the temples, the snow, all combine to make Colombo what it is. It is and always will be, beautiful. A number of options one has for sightseeing, romantic, or otherwise, is mind-boggling. So here is the list of some place for sightseeing in Colombo:

    •    Colombo National Museum
    • The central point
    • Dutch museum
    • J.R Jayewardene Museum
    • The Galleries of SApumal Foundation
    • The Bandaranaike Museum
    •    National Art Gallery
    •    Traditional puppet Art Museum
    • Gem Museum
    •    Currency Museum
    •    Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
    • Seema Malaka Temple
    • Sri Ponnabalam Vanesar Kovil
    •    Sambodhi Chaithya
    •    Isipathanaramaya Buddhist Temple
    •    Borella All Saints Church
    •    DEwatagaha Mosque
    •    Chabad house
    •    Colombo Grand mosque
    • Old Kathiresan Temple
    • St. Mary’s Church
    •    Kelani Raja Maha Temple

  • What are must visit sightseeing attractions in Colombo?

    Colombo is the capital for the legislature of Sri Lanka. Naturally, it’s a hub of all things beautiful and is diverse in all that is sighted there.

    •    Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple
    •    Kelaniya Raja Mahal Vihara
    • Galle Face Green
    •    Viharamahadevi Park
    •    National Museum of Colombo
    •    National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka
    •    Colombo Dutch Museum
    • St. Lucia’s Cathedral
    • The Central Point
    •    Jami-Ul Aftar Mosque
    •    Pettah Floating Market
    •    Diyatha Uyana
    •    Bally’s Casino
    • Seema Malaka
    •    Bellanvilla Rajamaha Viharya
    • Water Wood Lanka
    • The Independence Square
    •    Beddegana Wetland Park
    •    Colombo Walks
    • New Kathiseran Kovil
    •    Wolvendall Church
    • Khan Clocktower
    • Galle Face Beach
    • Sri Ponnabalawaneswaram Kovil
    •    Sambodhi Chaithya
    • Mount Lavinia Beach
    •    Attidiya Bird Sanctuary
    •    Ancient Building of Ananda College
    •    Harrisons
    • Light House Clock Tower
    • Ape Gama
    • St. Peter’s Church
    • Sir Edward Barns Statue
    • New Town Hall
    •    Museum June
    • Sri Lanka Air Force Museum
    •    Kayman’s Gate
    • Old Town Hall
    •    Bellagio Colombo
    •    Chatham Street Clock
    •    National Art Gallery
    •    Elephant House
    •    Buddha Statue
    • Red Masjid