Named the best country to visit in 2019 by Lonely Planet, #SriLanka is slowly becoming a popular destination for tourists and travellers who want to experience the mix of nature and cultures.
Don’t know where to start? Start with #Colombo, the capital city. With its timeless temples, untouched nature and quaint local life, the trip is definitely worthwhile!
Here are 5 must-go attractions that you should definitely check out.
🚩 OZO Colombo Sri Lanka
Tip: Want to savour as many attractions as possible? Book a stay at OZO Colombo Sri Lanka. With all of the attractions located within a 20-minute drive, you won’t have to waste time on transportation! Close enough for urban buzz, but far enough to get away, OZO Colombo Sri Lanka is exactly the base you’ll need for work and play.
🚩 Galle Face Green
Perfect for every hour of the day, Galle Face Green is often filled with people who want to spend quality time with their loved ones. It is a beautiful place to enjoy a view of the sunset, and it is a fun place to experience various activities like a good old picnic or kite-flying.
Located in the heart of Colombo right along the coast of the Indian Ocean, it provides the energy of urban life but also the tranquillity of a seaside city. If you like a relaxing atmosphere with rich local culture, you should definitely give Galle Face Green a visit.
Tip: Old Galle Buck Lighthouse is just a few steps away and offers a bird’s eye view of the Indian Ocean! Totally worth the peek while you’re there.
🚩 National Museum
Let’s go on a stroll at the National Museum! It is a must-visit; the largest museum in Sri Lanka featuring over 100,000 exhibits that range from artefacts from ancient Sri Lanka to the colonial period up until the present. Undoubtedly, the main attraction of the museum is the red throne of the King of Kandy, the last local king of Sri Lanka. To really get to know Sri Lanka, you can’t miss out on this place!
Tip: Located right next to it is Viharamahadevi Park. Take a break and refresh yourself with some green!
🚩 Independence Memorial Hall
Both recreational and knowledgeable, the Independence Memorial hall is a space to relax and gain insights about Sri Lanka’s path to independence. Whether you want to take a break from the urban buzz, or to educate yourself on the history of Sri Lanka, you’re truly welcome here. Offering much more than just a historic monument, the place is well maintained and both locals and foreigners come here to enjoy themselves.
🚩 Gangaramaya Temple
One of the most important temples in Colombo, the Gangaramaya Temple is not just a typical Sri Lankan temple but a combination of temple, museum, and an architectural masterpiece. Elaborately decorated with vibrant colours and featuring many Buddha statues, it’s the most visited temple in the city for a reason! You’ll get to experience the diverse cultures instilled in the temple and also enjoy the bustling ambience.
Tip: To get the best view of the temple, you can visit the scenic Beira Lake nearby and snap a great shot!
🚩 Nearby Cities
Craving for something more? Take a one day trip on a train ride to Kandy or Galle. Both are historic cities with rich culture and marvellous scenery, guaranteed to impress!
Whether you want to enjoy the hillside view of Kandy and its heritage sites or the hidden jewel, Galle, and its exotic seaside charms, both cities are just a train ride away from Colombo.