Colombo is the bustling capital city of Sri Lanka and is a hub for visiting beaches in the south of the island. Its history involves successive rulings by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, and it was a major port on the east-west trade routes during that era.
This ancient heritage reflects on the city today in terms of its architecture
consisting of colonial buildings as well as high rise sky scrapers and shopping
malls. The cosmopolitan side of Colombo includes stylish theaters, cinemas,
restaurants, cafes, museums and galleries. Modern day Colombo is emerging
rapidly and a Colombo city tour is a worthy item on your agenda either on the
start or the end of your Sri Lankan tour.
Due to its large harbor and its strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, Colombo was known to ancient traders 2,000 years ago. It was made the capital of the island when Sri Lanka was ceded to the British empire in 1815, and its status as capital was retained when the nation became independent in 1948. In 1978, when administrative functions were moved to Sri jayawarthanapura kotte, Colombo was designated as the commercial capital of Sri Lanka.Colombo is also home to some famous Famous landmarks such as: Galle face green, Vihara Mahadevi park, Biera lake, Colombo racecourse, Platinum, The Independence Hall, Mount Lavinia beach, Dehiwala Zoological Garden, Colombo Lotus tower, as well as the National museum.