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Things to do in Colombo

Best attractions to visit in Colombo

1. Arcade Independence Square - Colombo

Arcade Independence Square

Arcade Independence Square is yet another super-complex of diners and shopping outlets to fly up in Colombo since the Racecourse structures. It has its own particular sustenance court, a group of spots to purchase garments and eat at, and is padded on a delightful green region.

Freedom Memorial Hall (likewise Independence Commemoration Hall) is a national landmark in Sri Lanka worked for celebration of the autonomy of Sri Lanka from the British manage with the reclamation of full administering responsibility[2] to a Ceylonese-chose lawmaking body on February 4, 1948. It is situated at the Independence Square (once Torrington Square) in the Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo. It additionally houses the Independence Memorial Museum. The landmark was worked at the area where the formal function denoting the begin of self-control, with the opening of the principal parliament by the HRH Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester happened at an exceptional platform February 4, 1948.

Situated at the leader of the landmark is the statue of the principal PM of the nation Rt. Hon. Wear Stephen Senanayake "The Father of the Nation". The majority of the yearly National Independence Day festivities have been held here. Aside from a landmark it filled in as the stately gathering lobby for the Senate of Ceylon and the House of Representatives of Ceylon until the parliament was moved to the new parliament complex. Presently it is the setting for religious occasions and yearly national day festivities.


2. Beira Lake - Colombo

Beira Lake

Beira Lake is a pleasant place to relax on a cool day - it's a problem area for couples yet there's an incredible view for anybody to appreciate here particularly during the evening when it's lit up.

The lake was worked by the Portuguese to give security to Colombo from foes chiefly neighborhood lords. In 1578, Mayadunne of the Kingdom of Sitawaka endeavored to slice of provisions to the trespassers however neglected to deplete the lake. His child Rajasingha I prevailing in 1587 to deplete the crocodile pervaded lake by curring off a few waterways yet neglected to vanquish the Portuguese as they brought fortifications from India through ocean. After the Dutch laid attack and caught the lake it was extended and made a few islands, for example, the Slave Island some of them were sufficiently huge to have a town and a ranch of 600 coconut trees. After the British took control they expelled the crocodiles and built up the region encompassing the lake for recreational exercises, for example, paddling and yachting. The territory around the lake was well known for gatherings including a terrific ball that was held to commend the news of British triumph in Waterloo.Ceylon's first professional flowerbed the Kew Gardens was opened in the slave island in 1810 to develop seedlings given by the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in London. By the nineteenth century arrive recovery for advancement started and the land region of the lake was lessened, contamination additionally started to increase.


3. Fort - Colombo


Fortification is the focal business locale of Colombo in Sri Lanka. It is the money related region of Colombo and the area of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and the World Trade Center of Colombo from which the CSE works. It is likewise the area of the Bank of Ceylon central command. Along the foreshore of the Fort range is the Galle Face Green Promenade, worked in 1859 under the administration of Sir Henry George Ward, the Governor of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) amid British frontier organization. Fortress is additionally home to the General Post Office, inns, government divisions and workplaces.

Known as Kolonthota, the zone wound up plainly prominent as the site of the primary arrivals of the Portuguese in the mid sixteenth century and ended up noticeably one of their exchanging posts in the island. The Portuguese formed their exchanging post into an invigorated base and harbor to broaden their control of the inside of the island. The Fort developed by the Portuguese was vanquished by the Dutch in 1656 and was utilized to ensure their prosperous exchanging of assets. With Colombo picking up unmistakable quality as the inside for Dutch organization in the island it was extended to secure against both the ocean and the inside of the island. The Dutch obliterated some portion of the Portuguese-constructed stronghold and recreated it to exploit the normal quality of the area between a lake and the ocean. Because of the contentions between the Dutch and the Sinhalese lords of the inside, the fortress was a noteworthy army installation as it went under attack on a few events.


4. Galle Face Green - Colombo

Galle Face Green

The Galle Face is a 5 ha (12 sections of land) sea side urban stop, which extends for 500 m (1,600 ft) along the drift, in the heart of the budgetary and business capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo. The promenade was at first laid out in 1859 by Governor Sir Henry George Ward, in spite of the fact that the first Galle Face Green stretched out over a considerably bigger range than is seen today. The Galle Face Green was at first utilized for steed hustling and as a fairway, but at the same time was utilized for cricket, polo, football, tennis and rugby.

Galle Face Green initially stretched out over a significantly bigger zone than exists today. Records demonstrate that it was limited toward the north by Beira Lake, the defenses of Colombo Fort and the city's burial ground, toward the west by the Indian Ocean, while toward the south by the Galle Face Hotel (set up in 1864, despite the fact that the first expanding on the site was a Dutch manor) and toward the east by St Peter's Church (sanctified in 1821). The Galle Face Green was at first laid out by the Dutch as a way to empower their guns a vital line of discharge against the Portuguese. One variant of how the name Galle Face is inferred, is that it is from the first Dutch name for the fortresses, in that the entryway which offered access to the Colombo Fort was known as the Gal Gate, as it confronted southwards to Galle and face implies front, so it truly implies before the stronghold that confronted toward Galle. Another rendition is it is a debasement of the first name for the territory's rough shoreline, Gal Bokka, Gal being the Sinhalese for shake and that Gal Gate really implied shake door.


5. Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple - Colombo

Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple

It was the home for educated researchers, for example, Ratmalana Sri Dharmarama Thero, Waskaduwa Sri Subhuti Thero, Weligama Sri Sumangala Thero, Welivitiye Dhammaratna Thero, and Pandit Batuwantudawe.

Don Bastian (de Silva Jayasuriya Goonewardane, Mudaliyar), a well known nineteenth century shipping trader who was searching for an appropriate land to manufacture a sanctuary for the Matara Sri Dharmarama thero, purchased a delightful real estate parcel having a place with three Moors, and filled and arranged the land at awesome cost. The land verged on two sides by the Moragoda Ela and the Pettigala Ela was utilized to fabricate the sanctuary, which was along these lines named the Padawthota Gangaramaya Viharaya. The Mudaliyar, with the help of the general population assembled an awesome "Chaitya" (Dagaba) of 30 Riyans, and manufactured an incredible brightening curve (thorana) and a 'Sandakada pahana' demonstrated on the ones found at Anuradhapura, at the passage to the sanctuary. A "Bo" sapling brought from the immense Sri Maha Bhodiya in Anuradhapura, was additionally planted by his own particular hands and raised. He likewise manufactured a three-storied lecturing lobby and the dividers, railings and the channel round the sanctuary.

The temple's engineering shows a varied blend of Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, and Chinese design.


6. Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara - Colombo

Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

The Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara or Kelaniya Temple is a Buddhist temple in Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, seven miles from Colombo. The Chief Incumbent (Chief Priest) is Venerable Professor Kollupitiye Mahinda Sangharakkhitha Thera. Buddhists trust the temple to have been sacrosanct amid the third and last visit of the Lord Buddha to Sri Lanka, eight years subsequent to picking up edification. Its history would subsequently backpedal to before 500 BCE. The Mahawansa records that the first Stupa at Kelaniya cherished a diamond studded honored position on which the Buddha sat and lectured.

The temple thrived amid the Kotte time however quite a bit of its property was appropriated amid the Portuguese domain. Under the Dutch domain, be that as it may, there were new endowments of land and under the support of King Kirthi Sri Rajasingha the temple was remade. It was restored in the main portion of the twentieth century with the assistance of Helena Wijewardana. The temple is likewise celebrated for its picture of the leaning back Gautama Buddha and works of art by the local craftsman Solias Mendis which portray vital occasions in the life of the Buddha, in the historical backdrop of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, additionally episodes from the Jataka stories. It is the setting for the Duruthu Maha Perehera parade every January. A 18-foot stone statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara has been raised at the sanctuary.


7. National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka - Colombo

National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka

Zoological Garden in Sri Lanka is arranged in 11 km from the Fort – Colombo, the zoo has a fine accumulation of creatures, fowls, reptiles and fish from everywhere throughout the world. The aquarium is the just a single of its kind in Asia and shows more than 500 assortments of oceanic life. Likewise stroll through Aviary, Reptilian, and Butterfly Park to see another astonishing universe of wild creatures. There are every day elephant execution at 5.15 p.m. Open day by day between 8.00 a.m. also, 6.00 p.m.

The National Zoological Gardens, famously known as the Zoo, is a perfectly arranged 30 sections of land in which a rich gathering of warm blooded animals, flying creatures, reptiles and fishes live in congruity with Nature. Despite the fact that it was started as a menagerie in the late nineteen twenties by John Hagenbeck an individual from the popular Broadway family from Hamburg, Germany, the Zoo was authoritatively perceived all things considered just in July 1936 when the Government obtained it. John Hargenberg, who at first began the Dehiwala Zoo, has a place with a family occupied with creature carnivals. He gathered and kept the creatures in this premises for exchange. Mr. Hargenberg sent out wild creatures to Europe to his sibling Carl Hargenberg who was one of the greatest creature merchant in Europe around then. It was then a negligible 9 sections of land in degree yet has consistently developed into a wonderful Zoological Garden showing creatures in naturalistic setting utilizing present day techniques for cultivation. More than 1.2 million guests go through the Zoo's entryways consistently for it takes into account youthful and old alike and is a wellspring of solid entertainment to the normal subject particularly the individuals who come in family gatherings. To every one of its guests the Zoo is peaceful serene asylum into which they could pull back from the clamor of urban life.


8. Pettah - Colombo


Pettah is an area in Colombo, Sri Lanka found east of the City focus Fort. The Pettah neighborhood is acclaimed for the Pettah Market, a progression of outdoors bazaars and markets. It is Sri Lanka's most busiest business region, where the majority of the shops, materials, structures and numerous different business associations are centered.[2] Pettah is gotten from the Tamil word, Pettai, an Anglo-Indian word used to demonstrate a suburb outside a stronghold. Today, the Sinhalese expression, pita-kotuwa (outside the fortification) advantageously depicts the same place.[3]

Pettah is a multi-religious and multi-ethnic range. Fields and Memons are the transcendent ethnic gathering found inside Pettah, however a normal measure of Sinhalese and Tamil populaces likewise exist. There are additionally different minorities, for example, Burghers, Malays and others. Religions incorporate Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and different religions and convictions to a lesser degree.

Remarkable points of interest in the area incorporate Wolvendaal Church, the Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque, Kayman's Gate, the old Colombo Town Hall, the Colombo Dutch Museum and the Khan Clock Tower, which was worked by the Khan group of Bombay (now known as the city of Mumbai)


9. Town Hall, Colombo - Colombo

Town Hall Colombo

The Town Hall of Colombo is the base camp of the Colombo Municipal Council and the workplace of the Mayor of Colombo. Worked before the Viharamahadevi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka, it is the meeting place for the chose city board.

In 1921 eminent Scottish town organizer, Professor Patrick Geddes, suggested that the Council ought to develop an expansive focal and noble city working to house the committee, an open banquet room, the chairman's office and an open library. The requirement for the Colombo Public Library was tended to by a generous gift of a working by Dr. W. Arthur Silva in 1925.[1] This building, Sirinivasa, is currently the official living arrangement of the leader.

In 1922 the Colombo Municipal Council held a global engineering outline rivalry and in November that time of the 32 plans presented, the triumphant plan was drawn by S. J. Edwards, of the design firm Ralph Booty and Co.[2] In granting the prize the Government Architect of the Ceylon Public Works Department, Austin Woodeson,

The establishment stone for the town hall was laid on 24 May 1924, by the Mayor of Colombo, Thomas Reid, CCS.[4] The development of the building was attempted by A. A. Gammon and Co[5] and after four years on 9 August 1928 it was formally opened by the Governor Sir Herbert Stanley KCMG.[6] The cost of the new town hall was met to a great extent by income produced by the Council, without taking out any advances from the focal government and therefore, for quite a long time Municipal accounts were exhausted.


10. Viharamahadevi Park - Colombo

Viharamahadevi Park

The Viharamahadevi Park (in the past Victoria Park) is an open park situated in Colombo, by the National Museum in Sri Lanka. It is the most seasoned and biggest park of the Port of Colombo. Arranged before the provincial time Town Hall constructing, the recreation center is named after Queen Viharamahadevi, the mother of King Dutugamunu. The recreation center was based ashore given to the Colombo city by Charles Henry de Soysa amid the British run of Sri Lanka, and used to be named "Victoria Park" after Queen Victoria. Amid World War II it was involved by the British Army with Australian seventeenth Brigade based at Victoria Park. After the war the park was reestablished and open to general society in 1951.

There used to be a cricket ground in the recreation center, which was utilized for top notch cricket in the vicinity of 1927 and 1995. Ceylon played against a visiting English group there in 1927 and against an Australian group in 1935.[1] The recreation center components incorporate a colossal Buddha statue and a progression of drinking fountains. It additionally incorporates a smaller than expected zoo, a kids' play range and a BAC Jet Provost.[2]

The Viharamahadevi Park is the main substantial scale open park in Colombo, and is kept up by the Colombo Municipal Council. Situated at its western end is the Cenotaph War Memorial, Colombo and the Colombo Public Library. The Vihara Maha Devi Park Open Air Stadium is a setting for shows and open occasions.


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