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ABOUT COLOMBO

Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That heritage is reflected in its its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls. The imposing Colombo National Museum, dedicated to Sri Lankan history, borders sprawlingViharamahadevi Park and its giant Buddha.

The vibrant, jam-packed Pettah bazaar district's thousands of vendors offer everything from spices and tea to textiles and jewelry. Galle Face Green is an oceanside promenade popular for picnicking and strolling. The city's diverse religious landmarks range from the ornate, red-and-white-striped Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque and the historic Dutch Reformed Wolvendaal Church to the Buddhist Gangaramaya Temple complex. International matches of cricket, Sri Lanka's national passion, are played at Premadasa Stadium. The city is also a major hopping-off point for beaches in the island nation's south.

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COLOMBO MUST DO ACTIVITIES

Climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Spot Leopards in Yala National Park
Dine the Big Mud Crab
Hike Adams Peak
Ride the Kandy to Ella Train
Visit Tea Plantation in Nuwara Eliya
Rope swing in Dalawella
Drink Ceylon Tea
Pay respects at the Temple of Tooth Relic
Spot Whales & Dolphins from Mirissa
Chill by Elephant House Ginger Beer
Pose at Red Mosque
Must eat Egg Hoppers
Shoot at Nine Arch Bridge
Visit Dambulla Cave Temple
Scale the Dutch Fort in Galle
Try on Stilt Fishing
Meeting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Surf at Hikkaduwa
Sip the Toddy & Arrack
Don’t miss out Dhal
Buy Sapphire?
Taste the Polos
Ride on a Tuk-Tuk
Desert with Curd
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