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Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka is a place filled with unique experiences. From sun-kissed beaches, beautiful architecture, rich history to colorful culture; you are in for a never before holiday.
Colombo is one of the busiest port cities in the Indian Ocean and forms the heart of Sri Lanka, also known as the Emerald Island. The capital city has the country’s major government offices. It is also one of the largest artificial harbors in the world making Colombo a buzzing city set in the land of winds and waves. Colombo is well connected by trains, buses, and air to other cities in this beautiful island country.
Colombo offers you some unique experiences. You can enjoy a game of golf at the Royal Colombo Golf Club, visit Paradise Road or shop at the famous Pettah Floating Market. The National Art Gallery, Colombo Dutch Museum, National Museum of Colombo, and the Independence Square are must-see places in Colombo. In addition, the Khan Clock Tower and the Colombo Lotus Tower are the two landmarks that dot Colombo’s skies.
At Colombo, bask in the tropical sun-kissed beaches of Arugam, surf the waves and take a walk at the Galle Face Green. Arugam is also where you can see the sun, sand and the sea come together.
Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple is a place that is full of paintings that show Buddha’s life and stories. Sambodhi Chaithya is a huge Buddhist stupa that lies in the heart of the city and is designed like a rocket. Visible from the sea, this 80-meter high stupa is reached by climbing 258 steps. It is home to the famous and holy Bodhi tree that dates back to the 3rd century B.C. It has one of the 32 saplings that grew out of the original Bodhi tree.
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara is yet another wonderful Buddhist structure that stands in glory despite being destroyed by invaders. According to legends, it is a place visited by Buddha during his travels. It still holds an important place of religious importance in the city. Another attraction is the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple which is a perfect mix of faith and architecture. Seema Malaka, a Buddhist temple designed by the Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa is another unique beauty in this busy port city.
Sri Lanka also offers a large number of Hindu temples. One of the religious sites that comes alive during the festival months is the Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil. It is filled with pilgrims during the harvest festival of Pongal. A little further down at Hanwella, stands one of the oldest temples in Colombo, Sri Kailawasanathan Swami Devasthanam Kovil or simply referred to as the Shiva temple. Dating back to about 200 years and dedicated to Lord Shiva and Ganesha, this is an example of a pure Dravidian style of architecture and is decorated with colorful statues and carvings.
Do take a tuk-tuk ride to visit the stunning Jami Ul-Alfar mosque. The distinct structure of red and white striped look makes it picture perfect. Situated in the midst of the city, it is a true wonder. The Wolvendaal Church stands as a religious home to thousands of Christians who live here. It also shows one of the earliest influences of Dutch architecture in Sri Lanka and dates back to 1749. Moreover, St. Lucia’s Cathedral is the oldest and the largest church in Sri Lanka. With a seating capacity of 6000 odd people, this cathedral is dedicated to the patron saint, St. Lucy. A visit here is a must to truly explore Sri Lanka. All these beautiful landmarks along with the pristine beaches will make your Colombo visit really memorable.
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