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

1. Gangaramaya Temple

4.5 /5

1 km
from city center
1 out of 22
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 unique blend of architectural styles from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Chinese and India.

2. National Museum of Colombo

4.3 /5

2 km
from city center
2 out of 22
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 artworks have an essence of the Dutch, Portuguese and British Colonial times, along with the display of significant ancient and local artefacts, farming methods, tools and traditional craft. The museum’s construction is very well planned out and easy to navigate through the corridor and the guards guide you to the various galleries. It has three main sections, including natural science, cultural galleries and a gift shop. It houses plenty of items of the ancient and colonial period so you will need at least 2-3 hours for the tour.

3. Kelaniya Raj Maha Vihara

4.2 /5

7 km
from city center
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 Protected Monument in Sri Lanka ever since 2007 thus holds great historical importance not only to Buddhists but also for all Sri Lankans. It covers an area of 10 acres and is visited by millions of people every year, especially during the Duruthu Maha Perehera which is held at the temple’s hollow Dagoba every year in January. A large number of people also pilgrimage on Poya day ( full moon day of the month ) and conduct several religious programs here. The temple, as you'd expect, is grand. Its stupa is believed to have enshrined a throne studded with gems, on which Buddha sat and preached. It houses many paintings and sculptures, depicting various events from the life of Lord Buddha and also the Jataka tales.

4. Galle Face Green

3.8 /5

2 km
from city center
4 out of 22
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, jogging, or just taking a relaxing stroll by the beach.

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5. National Zoological Garden of Sri Lanka

3.8 /5

8 km
from city center
5 out of 22
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 Zoological Garden of Sri Lanka stretches over an area of almost 30 acres. One of the main focuses of the zoo is to look after the conservation of the animals.

6. Beira Lake

3.7 /5

1 km
from city center
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

3.7 /5

2 km
from city center
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 experience. The Viharamahadevi Park was initially known as the Victoria Park and was renamed after the mother of King Dutugemunu.

8. Colombo Dutch Museum

3.6 /5

1 km
from city center
8 out of 22
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 that a treaty was signed with the Dutch.

9. St. Lucia's Cathedral

3.6 /5

2 km
from city center
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 of Colombo. St Lucia’s Cathedral was first established in 1760 and exhibited beautiful architecture of the Gothic style. The cathedral has a rich culture and heritage, which makes it a popular place in Colombo.

10. Colombo Maritime Museum

3.5 /5

2 km
from city center
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 made of unique architecture and design inspired by Italian architecture.

11. Panadura Beach

24 km
from city center
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.

12. World Trade Center, Colombo

2 km
from city center
12 out of 22
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.

13. Crow Island Beach

5 km
from city center
13 out of 22
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 assorted activities on offer at its premises.

14. R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium

2 km
from city center
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, T20s and ODI's. It had its seating capacity increased from 14,000 to 40,000, and the media-box accommodates 200 journalists, and other upgrades. The president and prime minister box are known to provide the most spectacular view.

15. Pettah Market

0 km
from city center
15 out of 22
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 at surprisingly low prices. One can find a wide range of goods right from electronics to fashion accessories and market vendors selling anything from fresh vegetables, fruits to meat and seafood.

16. Fort-Colombo

0 km
from city center
16 out of 22
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 from that, this area is rich in political and cultural heritage. However, due to the turmoil of the Civil War, large parts of it are shut down. But nevertheless, this dynamic district offers everything from food and heritage to nightlife and casinos.

17. Good Market, Colombo

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from city center
17 out of 22
places to visit in Colombo

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 good for everyone”. It is a small cheerful market set up every Saturday and is known to sell locally produced organic goods.

18. Casino Marina

0 km
from city center
18 out of 22
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 building with a floor wholly reserved for VIPs where they play their games privately.

19. Scuba Diving

0 km
from city center
19 out of 22
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 shopping sites, Colombo also has a stunning marine life. From lion fish to stingrays, swimming with these beautiful water creatures will definitely satisfy you aesthetically.

20. St. Anthony's Shrine Colombo

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from city center
20 out of 22
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 worshipers at all times of the day, especially on Sundays and is thus one of the most sought after attractions of Colombo. The 1st floor has a small museum dedicated to the memory of the patron saint, St. Anthony. The locals have a great belief that a lot of healing takes place at this Church. Amidst the crowd, the Church still exhibits a serene and godly atmosphere. There is also a shop where you can pick up some relics.

21. Royal Colombo Golf Club

0 km
from city center
21 out of 22
places to visit in Colombo

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 18 holes.

22. Pettah Floating Market

1 km
from city center
22 out of 22
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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