Colombo is not only Sri Lanka’s capital city but also the cultural epicentre of the country. From world-class museums and galleries to buzzing malls and markets, the city has it all and lures countless travellers from far and wide. Although there is a long list of things to do and see on your Colombo holiday, here are five most irresistible attractions in the Sri Lankan capital.

Culture

If you’re a culture vulture, Colombo has many interesting places for you. Head to the National Museum of Colombo to marvel at a wonderful collection of historical objects including statues, maps, drawings, stamps, and palm-leaf manuscripts. Colombo Dutch Museum is where you can take a peek into the history of Dutch colonial rule in Sri Lanka. Gangaramaya Temple blends modern architecture and cultural essence, and is another attraction for culture buffs visiting Colombo.

Shopping

For shopaholics, Colombo is nothing short of a paradise. The city brims with lively malls, trendy boutiques and traditional markets selling everything from souvenirs and handicrafts to colourful cotton fabrics and beautiful accessories. Visit the Paradise Road to find interesting presents for your loved ones back home. A variety of shops here offer great souvenirs, home-ware and handiworks, all at a fairly reasonable price. Modern malls such as Lady J, Odel, and Liberty Plaza Shopping Complex are where you find branded goods, food courts and cinemas.

Kid-friendly Attractions

Tourists arriving here with kids would be left spoilt for choice. There are amusement parks such as Leisure World, beautiful gardens, and the interesting Dehiwala Zoological Garden to provide kids and adults alike a fun-filled holiday. An eclectic array of restaurants and entertainment hubs at the Mt Lavinia also keep families happily occupied.

Nature

Alongside the rich history and modern development, Colombo also has its share of greenery and natural marvels that never fail to astonish. You can visit the Galle Face Green to experience the evening sea breeze and lovely sunset views. Bere Lake, in the middle of Colombo, is a charming attraction for nature buffs. Visit here to enjoy the peace, captivating panoramas and many interesting activities such as boating and bird-watching. Bellanwila Athidiya Wet Land is another exciting place for birding enthusiasts.