SPEND A WEEK IN COLOMBO, SRI LANKA – METROPOLIS OF MANY DELIGHTS

Colombo was an important focal point on ancient west to east trade routes and now is a bustling metropolis and a commercial and tourist hub.

What Colombo offers
The delights of Colombo will make your days fly. Mega malls offer varied shopping and discos and night clubs offer a pulsating night life. Sri Lankan and global cuisine are there for all tastes. The term hotel Colombo covers a variety of options and if you are looking for contemporary luxury then Jetwing Colombo Seven would be a good choice.

Places to see
The National Museum in Colombo Seven showcases Sri Lankan History and the Natural History Museum offers an insight into indigenous flora and fauna. The Viharamaha Devi Park is a good place to relax as is the ocean fronted Galle Face Green. The Zoological Gardens in Dehiwala has indigenous animals and birds as well as a wide ranging species from all over the world. The bird sanctuaries at Talangama and Attidiya have indigenous and migrant species.

Religious Sites
The Kelaniya, Gangaramaya, and Bellanwila temples and Borella’s Gothami Viharaya are Buddhist Temples worth visiting. The Dutch Reformed Church is a gem of Dutch architecture and has many interesting tomb stores. The Captain Garden’s Kovil and the red and white Jami –Ul –Alfar Masjid or Mosque are icons of the respective religions.

Other Attractions
Apey Gama is a tourist attraction in Battaramulla and is set up like a traditional village. Traditional handicrafts and food are on sale. The Puppet Museum in Dehiwala, and the Dutch Hospital (now a mall) and Dutch Museum are well worth a visit.

Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+