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Colombo being the commercial capital and the largest city in Sri Lanka by its population of 5.6 million residents in its metropolitan area, the prime hub of transportation is a busy, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, vibrant and dynamic city of modern life, which is full of several monuments and colonial buildings. Colombo was selected as the world’s fastest growing tourist city in 2015. Colombo is very modern and offers a variety of bars, restaurants, best shopping malls and some great hotels that you must visit at least once in a lifetime.

The name ‘Colombo’ which is believed to be derived from the classical Sinhala name ‘Kolon thota’ which means ‘port on the river Kelani’ was first introduced by Portuguese in 1505. Colombo possesses a natural harbor which was well-known by the traders around all over the world including Indian, Greek, Persian, Roman, Arab, and Chinese, over 2000 years ago.

Let’s seek into some of the few well-noted landmarks in the city of Colombo which are worth visiting,

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• Galle Face Green, a 5 ha ocean-side scenic urban park in the heart of Colombo with many food stalls, is a good place to have friends and family outings.

• The 160-arce Beira lake which was used for centuries by colonists to defeat the city and to transport goods within the city is a distinctive landmark in the city of Colombo while the Gangaramaya Temple in the Beira lake is also a must visit place built mixing the architectures of Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and China.

• Visit the Kelaniya Royal Temple to get the opportunity to witness the modern murals which depicts the major milestones of Sinhalese Buddhist civilization of Sri Lanka.

• The Viharamahadevi Park known originally as the Victoria Park is an oasis surrounded with trees where you can sit and read a book.

• Independence Memorial Hall with nice surroundings a very tranquil atmosphere is a place to view a moment of history.

• Colombo Lotus Tower, a symbolic landmark in the city which is currently the tallest self supported structure in South Asia is a must visit destination when you’re at Colombo.

• Pettah Floating Market, a delightful place to make a visit where you get best views of Lotus Tower and also a good resting destination.

• Old Dutch Hospital, the oldest building in the Colombo Fort area is a shopping and dining precinct if you’re looking for relaxation.

• National Museum of Colombo, the largest museum in Sri Lanka, with a large collection of various artefacts including sculptures, paintings, fabric, jewellery, pottery, currency and many more exhibits is a place worth visit place that offers a rich insight into centuries of Sri Lankan history.

• The Old Town Hall, a historical evidence from 1800s is an architecturally interesting place which the colonial period of the country in the neighbourhood of cinnamon gardens.

• World Trade Centre the tallest in the island and the 2nd tallest completed building in South Asia, designed for numerous purposes at commercial offices and banks. There’re various shops, good restaurants and cafes for visitors as well.

• Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque is a unique religious building with an impressively amazing architecture, built in 1908 is well worth seeing.

• Old Parliament Building built in 1930, which modern-day uses as the residence of the presidential Secretariat, is one of the most inspiring tourist destinations in the city of Colombo.

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Colombo during the festive season is really worth visiting as the city lights up with decorative lanterns to celebrate the Buddha’s birth enlightenment and the death. Colombo is a year-round destination as the weather is pleasant for most of the year. Colombo, the gateway to Sri Lanka is an interesting marvelous, and amazingly modernised city filled with so much of beauty which is worth visiting.

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