24. August 2023, Bratislava
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A visit to Colombo or what the Sri Lankan metropolis has to offer?

Sri Lanka is a very popular destination among tourists. The Sri Lankan capital Colombo, the cultural and economic centre of Sri Lanka, is also worth a visit and offers a range of attractions and activities. What does the Sri Lankan capital have to offer?

Fort Galle

Galle Fort is one of the most distinctive icons of Colombo. It is an ancient fortress built in 1663 by the Portuguese. It was later expanded by the Dutch, after whom many streets are still named. A walk along the walls is breathtaking. You’ll have a beautiful view of the ocean and the city. You can also admire the streets lined with original houses, which now house stylish shops, restaurants and museums.

This is also where you’ll find Sri Lanka’s oldest lighthouse, which is one of the most famous places for walking and breathtaking sunset views. Another beautiful place is the Japanese Peace Pagoda built on top of Rumassala Hill, which offers a spectacular view of the ocean. This monumental white structure was built to exude purity and serenity. It can be reached either by a nice walk or by car.

Gangaramaya Temple

One of the most important Buddhist temples in Colombo that is worth a visit is Gangaramaya. At the place you can admire thousands of sculptures and artifacts of different architectural styles, including Sinhala, Tamil, Indian, Chinese and Thai, and get into complete harmony and peace. Meditation sessions are held in the temple. Perhaps with a bit of luck you will be able to attend one too.

Park Viharamahadevi. Zdroj: wikipedie.cz - Sharmilan M

Park Viharamahadevi

If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city, right in the heart of Colombo is a green oasis, Viharamahadevi Park. This is the largest and greenest park in the city. The tranquility it offers is a balm to the soul. You can stroll through it, have a picnic or admire the local nature. Viharamahadevi Park is full of beautiful sculptures, fountains and flower gardens that add to the charm of the place. It is thus an ideal place for relaxation.


Red Mosque

The Red Mosque or also Jami Ul-Alfar is a popular tourist attraction. This magnificent and imposing structure stands out completely from the street. It stands out not only for its unique architecture, but also for the atypical red and white color that lines the entire building in stripes. It is also fascinating for its rich history and culture, which cannot fail to impress. A visit is definitely worthwhile.

Červená mešita Zdroj: wikipedia.cz

Local markets

The capital offers a myriad of typical Sri Lankan goods and gastronomic delights. These are best enjoyed at the local markets, where traditional Sri Lankan dishes are prepared. The most famous are the markets in the Pettah district. The streets of this district are filled with people strolling past food stalls, shops selling fruits, clothes, fabrics, spices and other goods. Visitors can get everything and really cheaply. Among the dishes, don’t forget to try especially the “kottu roti”, a mixture made of sliced pancakes, meat, vegetables and spices.


National Museum

The National Museum in Colombo is the largest and oldest museum in Sri Lanka ever. The museum boasts a rich collection of historical and cultural artifacts, including ancient sculptures, coins and weapons. If you choose to visit the museum, you will see traditional Sri Lankan arts and crafts, and discover the fascinating history of this exotic country.

Chrám Captain´s garden Zdroj: wikipedia.cz – Jade Dsa

I play Captain’s garden

This picturesque Hindu temple, also known as Sri Kaileswaran, is located in the heart of Colombo. It is a place of religious interest and its ornate architecture attracts many visitors. Stunning sculptures and paintings adorn its exterior and interior. You will definitely have plenty to admire.

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