Colombo, known for its rich cultural, historical and natural legacy, entices hordes of globetrotters to take packages for holidays in the magnificent metropolis. Here are top must-do activities for travellers sojourning this capital city of Sri Lanka!


Some holidays make a lasting impression and leave you craving for more. Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka, is surely one such place that promises wonderful holidays to all those who spend on tickets aboard flights landing in this captivating metropolis. With its picturesque locales, glorious monuments, lush gardens and awesome shopping and dining options; the city overwhelms one and all. Read on to know top six things to do in Colombo!

Explore the National Museum

Tourists should not miss this museum as part of their things to do during Colombo holidays! Located in the heart of the city, the museum greets visitors with a hefty collection of artefacts and carvings depicting Sri Lanka’s intriguing past. Besides, a large selection of sword, guns and other war-equipment is also exhibited here. Quite naturally, this wonderful repository entices hordes of historians who grab tour packages to discover Colombo’s rich history. A royal throne of King Wimaladharma and the 9th-century bronze Bodhisattva Sandals are some other highlights awaiting for visitors planning a trip to this museum.

Admire the Beauty of Gangarama (Vihara) Temple

A pleasant mix of modern architecture and great spiritual essence; Gangaramaya Temple is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Sri Lanka. Built on the famous Beira Lake, this captivating complex comprises a temple, the ‘Seema malaka’ – an assembly Hall for monks, and a vocational training centre. Besides its stunning architecture, what leave visitors becharmed about the complex include its tranquil ambience and many rare species of plants and flowers.

Take a Trip to the Mt Lavinia Beach

Away from the maddening crowd, this laidback suburb of Colombo is the ideal getaway for beach bums. It offers a long stretch of golden sand and azure waters, lined with great seafood restaurants, resorts and cafes. Photogenic sunset views, healing massage as well as spa therapies and many exciting water sports are some other prerogatives of booking packages for holidays at this beautiful beach in Sri Lanka.

Discover Fun at LeisureWorld Water Park

This first ever theme park in Sri Lanka offers a perfect mix of nature and adventure, and ranks high on the itinerary of most travellers, families in particular, taking packages for Colombo holidays. Besides an array of rides, water slides and pools, the park features a rich bio-diversity with a serene atmosphere. An array of games makes it a big hit with kids. Tickets for this fun place can be booked online or at the park’s entry gate.

Visit the Old Town Hall

This municipal building from the British era is another must-visit place in Sri Lankan capital. Apart from a few small galleries containing old trucks and municipal equipment, the age-old edifice showcases many replicas of the Colombo’s first councillors. Ask the attendant to take you up the vintage mahogany stairs where you can explore a virtual waxworks in the ancient council chambers. Views from windows make experience more enriching, well worth the cost of flights and packages for Sri Lanka holidays.

Experience Tranquillity at Dehiwala Zoological Garden

Located about 11km from Colombo, Zoological Garden of Sri Lanka is one of the oldest and most diverse zoological gardens in Asia. It contains dense tree coverage as well as beautiful designed parks. Most of the animals here live in open natural-looking habitats. Besides a substantial collection of animals, birds and reptiles, the zoo houses an aquarium, a butterfly garden and an aviary that leave one gloating over the decision of planning holidays in Sri Lanka.

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