Colombo with its mix of colonial past and modern present is the largest city in Sri Lanka. Located on the west coast, this former capital city bustles with present day city life. Due to its strategic location along the East-West sea trade routes, it played a very important role in ancient times, with traders arriving at its large harbor. Though Colombo ceded its position as capital to Sri Jayawardenpura Kotte, it is the commercial capital of modern Sri Lanka.
Visitors to this city are treated to a metropolis bursting with vitality with old and new attractions blending seamlessly and forming the backdrop for this energetic city. It is home to the island’s National Museum. The Independence Square, which has beautifully landscape grounds, is an ideal place to enjoy a cool evening. Visitors can walk around and take in the diverse architecture and enjoy a walk along the Galle Face Green promenade bordering the Indian Ocean. It is an ideal place to enjoy the sea breeze and some scrumptious local street food, freshly prepared on the Green itself.
Colombo is a shopping haven, with many stores and malls offering branded designs at very affordable prices. For more local merchandise visitors can enjoy hours of fun exploring the local bazaars and markets. Haggle with the local vendors and make new friends as you walk away with your merchandise.