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Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka

The capital and largest city of Sri Lanka was part of East-West trade for centuries. Today you'll find an intriguing mix of colonial architecture, atmospheric heritage quarters, markets, skyscrapers and an expansive waterfront promenade.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

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The One Thing You Don't Want To Miss

One of Colombo's top tourist draws is the National Museum. Take a picture of an ancient statue of a smiling Buddha at the museum's entrance, and discover a collection of artifacts that includes a mixture of Sri Lankan art and colonial relics.

Other Fun Things To Do

  • Move around Colombo on a sightseeing tour in a three-wheeled tuk-tuk.
  • Enjoy a beachside picnic by the always animated Galle Face Green.
  • Step into the sacred temple of Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara – a holy Buddhist temple that, legend has it, was visited by Buddha himself.

Get A Taste Of Local Flavor

Indian and European influences are apparent in the local Sri Lankan dishes at Colombo. Mango chutneys, flavorful curries, and fragrant rice are available in most local restaurants. A favorite dish is kottu, Godhamba roti missed with an array of rich spices in vegetables, egg and meat.

Shopping For Bargains

Everything from cashew snacks to Ceylon tea to paper crafts are available to bring back home as souvenirs. The curious souvenirs from the Cottage Craft include travel journals made from elephant droppings. But don't worry – the souvenirs have no odor and are a rather unique gift for the folks back home.

Local Currency

The local currency is the Sri Lankan rupee (LKR).

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    Before You Visit

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