Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo has been a flourishing sea port for centuries when ancient seafarers traded in pearls, precious stones, elephants, peacocks, cinnamon and other spices. Today Sri Lanka’s commercial capital is a fascinating blend of the East & West, the past and present and the old & new. Due to its large harbour and its strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, the city of Colombo was known to ancient traders 2,000 years ago. Colombo was made capital of the island when Sri Lanka was ceded to the British Empire in 1815. It's status as capital was retained when the nation became independent in 1948. In 1978, when administrative functions were moved to Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Colombo was designated as the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Colombo city is full of popular tourist attractions such as

  • National Museum
  • Galle Face Green
  • Beira Lake
  • Independence Square
  • Colombo Fort
  • Pettah Bazaar
  • Churches, Mosques and Temples of Colombo City
  • Railway museum

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