Colombo is the capital city of Sri Lanka, and like many capital cities it has not always had a good reputation. For years there was not much to do here and there were bombings caused by the war which made it an unsafe place to travel. Since 2002 however things have been far better and new attractions have started to open which has made it a more interesting place to visit.
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara
Kelaniya Temple is a Buddhist temple that lies some seven miles outside of Colombo and is thought to date back to 55 BC. Restored in the 20th century, the temple is known for its reclining Buddha and if you happen to be here in January then you can witness the annual Duruthu Maha Perehera march that takes place here. Other things to look out for include an impressive 18 foot statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara.
Temple of Sri Kailawasanathan Swami Devasthanam Kovil
The Temple of Sri Kailawasanathan Swami Devasthanam Kovil is an important site for Hindus in Sri Lanka and is one of the religion’s oldest and largest temples in the country. The temple itself is colorful and is best known for its amazing carvings that depict scenes from Hindu legends.
Galle Face Green
Galle Face Green has a rather unusual name, but this is actually just a promenade along the shoreline of Colombo. The beach here has little to recommend it, so if you plan to visit then the best time to come is at night, when you will find bars and food spots. One of the best things to do is come here in search of some local seafood which is often simply grilled and served with rice.
Colombo is unlikely to be the highlight of your trip to Sri Lanka but it is very much a developing city. New tourist attractions are being opened every day and the city is becoming easier to get around which means that it is definitely worth spending a few days here if you are flying in or out.