Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka and has a fascination of its own. Nearly every visitor to Sri Lanka begins or ends his stay in Colombo. More than anywhere else in the country it’s a city where the old and new co-exist.
There are high-rise complexes and colonial mansions, supermarkets and street bazaars, flashy western fashions and traditional sarongs, speedy sports cars and one-man rickshaws. Most of the remnants found in Colombo today are the legacy of the British, Dutch and Portuguese. Horseracing was a regular activity on the seaside Galle Face Green. Today, most of the hotels are gathered around this same Green, now minus the horses.
Places of interest – Vihara Maha Devi Park and the colonial style brilliant white Town Hall; the Museum which houses many rare treasures; the parliamentary complex at Sri Jayawardhanapura, the administrative capital, a unique work of architecture set on an island. The Bandaranayake Memorial International Conference Hall with its spacious gardens and right opposite is the colossal statue of Lord Buddha. Galle Face Green; the Zoological Gardens – reputed to be one of Asia’s finest; hand loom and handicraft shops. There are plenty of Night Clubs and Casinos to keep you busy in the night.