Our travel expert shares her tips on Colombo Sri Lanka points of interest
Colombo, the bustling capital of Sri Lanka, has developed over the last number of years into a destination worth visiting – and not just for passing through. The point of entry for most travellers to Sri Lanka, Colombo has undergone a makeover in recent years with modern hotel complexes, new roads and trendy eateries popping up all over the city. Our Travelmood travel expert Rachel has visited this lively city, here are her top Colombo Sri Lanka points of interest.
A stunning piece of architecture, Gangaramaya Temple is one of the most important temples in Sri Lanka. Situated near the calming waters of the Beira Lake, the temple features an interesting museum which is home to Buddha statues from all over the world. The temple is open to people of all faiths and there is a small entrance fee.
Make sure you’ve had your morning coffee before you venture to Pettah Market. One word comes to mind to describe this place – madness! Once you’ve gotten used to the hectic surroundings then you can begin to appreciate this haven of fresh produce, clothing, knick-knacks and electronics. If you are a fruit and veg fan then this is the place for you, as you can purchase kilos for extremely cheap!
Galle Face Green
If the buzz of the city becomes overwhelming then head to Galle Face Green, an ocean-side urban park which stretches along the beautiful coast. During the day the area is home to joggers and families, while at night time locals and tourists gather to watch the sunset. Visit here at the weekend and treat yourself to some of the local food vendors produce.
Day trip to Kandy
A four hour drive from Colombo is Kandy, a large and picturesque city which is surrounded by tea plantations and is listed as a World Heritage Site. Take a day tour and pay a visit to the Temple of the Tooth Relic, a famous pilgrimage site located in the royal palace complex. Also worth a visit is the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. These are the largest botanical gardens in Sri Lanka and are home to a wide range of plants and flowers. Perfect for a lazy afternoon.
Udawalawe National Park
Also a four hour drive from Colombo is Udawalawe National Park. If you are interested in seeing elephants at close quarters then this is the place for you. Jump aboard the elephant safari and spend three hours cruising through the park as you watch herds of elephants playing, bathing and feeding. The park is also home to water buffalo, lizards, monkeys and even leopards!
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