Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka! This great city, though known as the commercial capital of the country, offers much authentic and historic value to anyone visiting the area. Therefore, if you’re in Colombo, or if you’re passing by, a City tour of Colombo would be an activity which you should never miss.
We start in the morning when the city is not yet crowded and bustled. Visit the Galle Face green from where you could get a panoramic view of the city of Colombo and also of the Colombo harbor. The Galle face green is one of the most favored places to hang-out by almost any one and is fresher and less crowded in the mornings. You will also be able to see the old parliament right across the road which is now used as the Presidential Secretariat.
After a soothing walk along the Galle face green, visit the Colombo lighthouse which was built in 1952 after the old Colombo lighthouse was deactivated because of the Harbor expansion project. The lighthouse is known for its height of 12 meters and the four lion statues which guard the base of the lighthouse.
Visit the Gangaramaya Temple which is one of the most important temples in Colombo. The temple being located in a small island in the Bera Lake emphasizes a mix of Sri Lanka, Thai, Indian and Chinese architecture. The most important part of this is the “Simamalaka Shrine” which was built with donations from a Muslim sponsor to the design of Geoffrey Bawa, thus upholding the religious harmony of Sri Lanka.
Visit the Colombo National Museum where you could learn more about the history of Sri Lanka.
Visit the Independence square which is a national monument in Sri Lanka built for the commemoration of independence from the British rule. It also houses the independence memorial Museum.