Welcome to Colombo ! the fast growing, attractive and capital of every city in Sri Lanka. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the old world charm is still retained with its all glamour and beauty. There comes the 100-year-old clock tower, while driving through the Commercial area of the ‘Fort‘ (the Portuguese and Dutch colonial Mansions) and then drives passing Bazzar Pettah – a noisy Oriental bazaar with a hotchpotch of humanity, ancient vehicles, bargains, mosques and temples. Visit a Hindu and Buddhist temple and the Jumi-ulAlfar Jumma Mosque. Continue with the tour through the WolFendal Dutch Church and Hultsdorf Law Courts, to the residential area of Cinnamon Gardens and on to the Independence Square and the Convention Centre (BMICH) and the National Museum.
Colombo is the capital city of Sri Lanka, and the country’s largest city in terms of population. Located on the west coast, it is a beautiful city surrounded by white sand beaches and an impressive harbourfront. Colombo is characterised by a series of canals, with the picturesque 160-acre Beira Lake at its centre.
Cosmopolitan Colombo, gateway to the wonder of Sri Lanka, boasts a rich colonial heritage, featuring a melting pot of races, religions and cultures. A city of contrasts, it is both an eclectic mix of shiny hotels and swanky office blocks, neighbouring beautiful red-tiled colonial-era buildings.
One of the most famous landmarks in Colombo is Beira Lake. It is a quiet escape and a great place to relax. One can take a stroll by the lake or try the famous swan boat ride. The main attraction of Beira Lake is a small island located in the center, which is popular among couples.
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