Places To Visit In Colombo

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Country rank: 5 out of 53 Places To Visit In Sri-lanka

Sub-Region: Western Province

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Here are the top 22 tourist attractions to see in Colombo:

1. Gangaramaya Temple

Gangaramaya Temple

4.5

1 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Colombo

The Gangaramaya Temple is a unique blend of architecture and culture and a place for Buddhist learning and worship. It also effectively takes part in social welfare. It was built first in the 19th century and started by the famous scholar-monk Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Nayaka Thera. The temple is a un...

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2. National Museum of Colombo

National Museum of Colombo

4.3

2 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Colombo

The National Museum of Colombo is a two-storey building which is the largest museum in Sri Lanka. It dates back to 1877 and has a colonial vibe with a rich history covering 2500 years. The founder of the museum was William Henry Gregory, British Governor of Ceylon from 1872–1877. The building’s artw...

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3. Kelaniya Raj Maha Vihara

Kelaniya Raj Maha Vihara

4.2

7 kms
from city center

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3 out of 22
Places To Visit in Colombo

Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara is a Buddhist temple built in the 5th century. It is believed to have been visited by the Buddha on his third visit to the country along with 500 monks after the enlightenment of 8 years, back in 500 BCE. The temple holds the heritage designation of an Archaeological Protec...

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4. Galle Face Green

Galle Face Green

3.8

2 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Colombo

The Galle Face Green is a beautiful beach park which covers an area of almost five hectares and is in the fort area of Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo. Enjoy yourself and forget the worries of your day by indulging in a vast span of activities like kite flying, fishing, football, beach volleyball, jogg...

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5. National Zoological Garden of Sri Lanka

National Zoological Garden of Sri Lanka

3.8

8 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Colombo

The National Zoological Garden of Sri Lanka is also known as the Colombo Zoo or the Dehiwala Zoo. This sprawling zoo is home to over 300 different species of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish from all over the world. All this makes it a popular destination for both locals and tourists. The National...

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6. Beira Lake

Beira Lake

3.7

1 kms
from city center

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6 out of 22
Places To Visit in Colombo

One of the most famous landmarks in Sri Lanka is the Beira Lake, which is in the developed capital city of Colombo. Beira Lake is a quiet escape into the serene slumber of the splendid city, which makes it a great place to relax, and it is recommended for couples.

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7. Viharamahadevi Park

Viharamahadevi Park

3.7

2 kms
from city center

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7 out of 22
Places To Visit in Colombo

Located in the busy and crowded city of Colombo is the beautiful Viharamahadevi Park. This gorgeous park is located quite close to the National Museum and is one of the biggest and oldest parks of Sri Lanka. The park also offers breathtaking views of sunrise and sunset for a truly memorable experien...

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8. Colombo Dutch Museum

Colombo Dutch Museum

3.6

1 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Colombo

The Colombo Dutch Museum is a beautiful two-story building which is a storehouse of some fantastic architecture and history of Dutch colonial rule of Sri Lanka. The Colombo Dutch museum was initially a the residence of the Dutch governor- Thomas Van Rhee, and it was inside the walls of this museum t...

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9. St. Lucia's Cathedral

St. Lucia's Cathedral

3.6

2 kms
from city center

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9 out of 22
Places To Visit in Colombo

St. Lucia’s Cathedral is named after the saint martyr St. Lucia who is considered to be the protector of those with eye troubles in Colombo. The St. Lucia’s Cathedral church is the oldest Parish church in Sri Lanka and is considered to be the seat of the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese ...

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10. Colombo Maritime Museum

Colombo Maritime Museum

3.5

2 kms
from city center

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10 out of 22
Places To Visit in Colombo

The Colombo Maritime Museum is in one of the former Dutch prisons which were built in 1676 making it one of the oldest Dutch buildings in Colombo. The museum has undergone many renovations to date, and it has been open to the public since the year 2003. There are two stories in the museum which are ...

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11. Panadura Beach

Panadura Beach

24 kms
from city center

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11 out of 22
Places To Visit in Colombo

Panadura is in the Western Province of Sri Lanka, located 27 km from the capital city of Colombo. Panadura is a large town bustling with people and the joys of local life in Sri Lanka. The town hosts warm tight-knit moments that often reflect the values of a community.

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12. World Trade Center, Colombo

World Trade Center, Colombo

2 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Colombo

Colombo is famous for many old colonial buildings that clustered mostly in the old Fort area, and the most famous of them are the two iconic skyscrapers, the twin towers of the World Trade Center constructed within six years, i.e. from 1990-1996.

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13. Crow Island Beach

Crow Island Beach

5 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Colombo

Crow Island Beach is on the shores of the Indian Ocean at the capital city Colombo; it is adjacent to the mouth of the Kelani River. The beach is most famous for its namesake beach park. As the name suggests, Crow Island Beach Park is a public recreational area for people of all ages, with a host of...

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14. R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium

R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium

2 kms
from city center

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14 out of 22
Places To Visit in Colombo

The R. Premadasa International Stadium, earlier known as Kettarama Cricket Stadium till June 1994 was named after Former Sri Lanka president Ranasinghe Premadasa. It was opened on February 2, 1986, and is on Khettarama Road, Maligawatta, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Ever since it has hosted many test matches...

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15. Pettah Market

Pettah Market

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Places To Visit in Colombo

The Pettah Market or Manning Market is an open market in the suburb of Pettah in the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Being one of Colombo's busiest places, the area may seem a little chaotic at first glance but if you know what to get on which street then you are going to walk out with some cool stuff a...

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16. Fort-Colombo

Fort-Colombo

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Places To Visit in Colombo

Sri Lanka is not only a paradise for tourism but also the centre of economic zone. Its capital, Colombo,houses many commercial hubs and special economic zones. The Fort area in Colombo has a busy harbor, the stock exchange and the World Trade Centre, which is the country's biggest building. Apart fr...

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17. Good Market, Colombo

Good Market, Colombo

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The good market is one of the exciting local markets in Sri Lanka where local people set up small shops and sell mostly food items. It was started as a mission-driven social and solidarity economy initiative to promote products and services that are “good for the planet, good for the country, and go...

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18. Casino Marina

Casino Marina

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Places To Visit in Colombo

Sri Lanka is not only a place for pious mornings but also happening evenings. One of the places where one can get lucky is the Casino Marina in the capital Colombo, which started in the year 2013. With airport as a landmark nearby, it has a serene view of the sea as well. It is a four-storeyed build...

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19. Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

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Places To Visit in Colombo

Colombo, the commercial capital and largest city of Sri Lanka has some of the world's best Scuba diving and snorkeling spots. Once you find the right spot, a single scuba dive amidst the coral reefs and shipwrecks could be a life changing experience. Apart from having all the modern buildings and sh...

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20. St. Anthony's Shrine Colombo

St. Anthony's Shrine Colombo

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Places To Visit in Colombo

St. Anthony's Shrine, built in 1828, is dedicated to St. Anthony of Padua and is a modern Roman Catholic church in the Kochchikade, Kotahena of Colombo.The shrine has an impressive Renaissance architecture and is a place of miracles and faith for both Catholics and non-Catholics. It attracts worship...

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21. Royal Colombo Golf Club

Royal Colombo Golf Club

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Established in the year 1880, The Royal Colombo Golf Club is located in Colombo at the Anderson Golf Course and is the oldest golf course in Colombo. The game of golf was introduced by the British to a small English colony called Ceylon. This golf course is spread over a whopping 6500 yards and has ...

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22. Pettah Floating Market

Pettah Floating Market

1 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Colombo

The Pettah Floating Market is a landmark in Colombo which opened to the public in the year  2014 and is at the Bastian Mawatha on the Beira Lake. The entrance is on the west side of the market area where there's a wood-carved flanking marked 'The Floating Market'.

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