Colombo is the financial and commercial capital and also the largest city of Sri Lanka by population. It was a small sea port and came into prominence in the 16th Century with the arrival of the Portuguese. It was developed as a major port by the British. Today the city is a mix of old and new, red tiled old colonial buildings, new high-rise hotels, apartments and shopping malls.
Drive through the hustle and bustle of the Colombo roads here. Visit and see the Galle Face Green, Old Parliament, Pettah and Fort area, Cinnamon Gardens, Independence Square, BMICH, Hindu Temple, Gangarama Temple and other places according to tourist interests.
Other famous places that can be checked out are the Viharamahadevi Park, Beira Lake, Colombo Racecourse, Planetarium, Mount Lavinia beach, Nelum Pokuna Theatre, Colombo Lotus Tower etc.
Due to its large harbour and strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, Colombo was known to ancient traders 2,000 years ago. It was made the capital of the island when Sri Lanka was ceded to the British Empire in 1815.