Things to do in and around Colombo

As the capital city of the resplendent island formerly known as Ceylon, Colombo not only boasts rich cultural heritage, but also offers an interesting mix of colonial buildings, high-rises, temples, cathedrals and shopping malls.

Visit Sri Lanka’s National Museum, stroll through the sprawling parks, unwind in a chic bar and savour an authentic Sri Lankan curry in a gourmet restaurant. Shop for souvenirs in a shopping mall or street-side bazaars.


Sightseeing in Colombo

From the old town hall museum to the bustling streets of Pettah, Colombo offers exhilarating experiences, haunting buildings and majestic religious sites that enhance the city's cultural aspects.

  • Wolvendaal Church
  • Sri Kailasanthar Swami Devasathnam Kovil
  • The prison of the last king of Sri Lanka
  • The Colombo fort clock tower
  • The Galle Buck light house

Shopping in Colombo

Tagged by The Economist as the world’s fastest growing city destination, Colombo has been expanding its selection of stores and now bursts with interesting goods that make it an interesting shopping destination. Many malls also offer local arts, crafts and hand-painted items.

  • Liberty Plaza and Arcade
  • Crescat Boulevard
  • Odel
  • Paradise Road
  • Laksala

The local experience

The streets of Pettah offer a fascinating glimpse into the shopping culture of Colombo’s locals. Captivating, extraordinary and sometimes overwhelming, there are innumerable choices and bargains to be had. Hundreds of small shops, bazaar-style pedestrian stalls, sidewalk vendors, barrow boys and branded outlets vie for attention and transactions.

  • Streets of Pettah
  • Colpetty Market
  • Pettah Market