Engulfed with a mixture of modern life, colonial buildings and ruins, Colombo is the capital city of Sri Lanka and the most popular emerging foreign destination in the globe. Colombo is a port city with rich colonial heritage. It is located on the west coast of the island and also referred to as the commercial hub of the state with Famous landmarks in Colombo include Galle Face Green, Viharamahadevi Park, Beira Lake, Colombo Racecourse, Planetarium, University of Colombo, Mount Lavinia beach, Nelum Pokuna Theatre, Colombo Lotus Tower as well as the National Museum of Sri Lanka. Colombo is the city which offers many adventurous activities such as skydiving, surfing, diving and exploring the oceans deep inside and much more beyond your imagination and expectations.
Take a hop around the city and witness the charm of Colombo. Enjoy the lovely sea food with great seafood restaurants on the golden beach and authentic gypsy dancing. The Colombo National Museum has some terrific examples of ancient paintings, sculptures and sketches dating back to the 4th century BC, while if it’s something contemporary you want, the city has a thriving arts scene, with many creative painters exhibiting in local galleries. Experience the beautifully landscaped 30 acres of the Dehiwala Zoological Garden which comprises of a rich collection of mammals, birds, reptiles and fishes living in harmony with Nature. Visit the Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple considered being one of the most sacred temples in the country, decorated with wonderful brass work, stone carvings, and other Buddhist art. The temple's architecture demonstrates an eclectic mix of Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, and Chinese architecture. This temple is a place of learning, it houses a museum, complete with residential hall. The city of Colombo also boasts of amusement parks and leisure spots featuring log flumes, roller coasters, and many other thrilling rides for everyone. The Mount Lavinia Beach is ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Also, watching the sunset views here one of the top things to do in Colombo.
The major tourist attraction consists of Galle Face Green - located in the heart of the city along the Indian Ocean coast, and is a popular destination for tourists. The Viharamahadevi Park (formerly Victoria Park) is an urban park located next to the National Museum of Colombo and the Town Hall. It is the oldest and largest park in Colombo and features a large Buddha statue. As part of the Urban Regeneration Program of the Government of Sri Lanka, many old sites and buildings were revamped to modern public recreational spaces and shopping precincts. These include Independence Memorial Hall Square, Pettah Floating Market and Old Dutch Hospital among others.
In Colombo you can find a wide variety of architecture that span across centuries and depict many styles. There are several Colonial buildings influenced by the Portuguese, Dutch and British exist alongside structures built in Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Indian and Contemporary architectural styles. Colombo also has a distinct combination of land and water with many canals and, in the heart of the city, the 65-hectare (160-acre) Beira Lake which too is a popular attraction and one of the most distinctive landmarks of Colombo.
The winter season and northeast monsoon is between November and February. The temperature stays at a very good level is a good time to enjoy the beaches and also to experience the life in Colombo. The best time to visit Colombo for honeymoon is during the winter season.
Sri lanka has two international airports - Ratmalana Airport is situated in Dehiwala- Mount Lavinia in Colombo and another one is the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake which connects with major airports of India.
For the convenience of the tourists a huge network of buses operates in and around the Colombo to all the important parts of the state to have access to all the various tourist spots of the country.