Galle Face Green
Being the country’s designated ocean-side urban park facing lofty edifices of extreme significance and luxury metropolitan hotels and resorts, everyone looks forward to setting foot on the Galle Face Green! Enjoy a good bite of spicy street food or glacial ice cream on your stroll in the Galle Face while strong breezes relieve you from the cityside heat. Enjoy the view of darkening orange skies while sipping a cold beer from the beachside pubs, bars, and restaurants before settling into the nightlife.
In the heart of this town, a kaleidoscope of colour, sits on an oasis of green waters- the Beira Lake. A few blocks away lies the famous Gangaramaya temple, eclectic and revered in its treasures. High-rise buildings neatly stand next to each other, and their shiny exteriors make the sunlight ripple in the late afternoon. Presenting a mixture of traditional Sri Lankan culture and modernity, the temple is a delight to the senses and great to stroll around.
Colombo National Museum
Within the bright white walls of this capacious two-story complex lies artefacts and treasures that are remains of a thousand other stories. Famous for being the largest museum within the country’s borders, the Colombo National Museum is a treasure trove of the island’s rich history and culture. The glistening interiors house a variety of best-preserved documents and artefacts that evoke visitors to a multi-sensory and holistic experience that makes them envision themselves in the past.
In the heart of the busy and curious streets in Pettah lies an unusually patterned, architectural feat that makes everyone pass by stop for a moment. The tall minarets, seen towering almost every neighbouring street, makes the Red Mosque quite a unique landmark in Colombo. The exterior red and white walls of the Jami-ul-Alfar Mosque is a haven to 10,000 prayer-goers. It’s a wonderful experience to check out the mosque and learn the century’s old history behind it.