Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, Colombo offers much to discover for those exploring this cosmopolitan city. Here are some of the many captivating things you can do on a visit.
Visit the Gangaramaya Temple
Amongst the most revered Buddhist temples in Colombo, Gangaramaya is a fascinating place to visit. Within easy reach of luxury boutique hotels in Colombo, the complex is home to various attractions including many Buddha statues, a sacred Bo Tree and a museum. Nearby is the Seema Malakaya Temple built over the Beira Lake.
Enjoy a Street Food Tour
No trip to Colombo is complete without sampling its street food which foodies will love! Properties such as Residence by Uga Escapes offer street food tours where an expert guide will take you to spots where you can enjoy authentic dishes, drinks and desserts; foodie highlights include the famed “kottu roti”.
Shop at Lively Pettah
The Pettah area is like a huge open-air market and is one of the best places to shop in Colombo. As you wander the myriad of streets and you will come across various shops and street-side vendors offering bags, clothing, mobile phones, food, electronics, toys, sarees, jewellery, shoes and more. Tip; remember to bargain!
Unwind at Independence Square
When it comes to recreation, residents of Colombo love heading to Independence Square which has lots of space for walking, jogging, exercising and riding bikes. It is a great spot to just unwind at as well, while the well-known Independence Memorial Hall and Arcade Independence Square shopping complex can be found here too.