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Colombo

N 655.903', E 7950.902'
2012-02-04
Our rating: 6.20
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Most tourists don't visit Colombo at all and after arriving at Sri Lanka go directly to the south coast, to Kandy or Anuradhapura. We had a car and a few hours of free time, so we traveled around the city.

In Colombo we liked two places: a large square and waterfront Galle Face Green with views of the city's first colonial Galle Face hotel and World Trade Center. Many famous guests stayed in that hotel. On the other side of the square is an old parliament building, where the government was located from 1972 to 1982.

Galle Face hotel
Galle Face hotel Yuriy Buriak


World Trade Center in the distance
World Trade Center in the distance Yuriy Buriak


Old Parliament House
Old Parliament House Yuriy Buriak


Monuments de la Independencia
Monuments de la Independencia Yuriy Buriak


Galle Face Court
Galle Face Court Yuriy Buriak

Another interesting place is the Beira Lake with a small island in the middle. It is located about a kilometer from the Galle Face hotel. This is a beautiful park where you can walk.

Island in the middle of the Beira lake
Island in the middle of the Beira lake Yuriy Buriak


Beira lake
Beira lake Yuriy Buriak


Temple on the Beira lake
Temple on the Beira lake Yuriy Buriak


Bridge to the island in the middle of the Beira lake
Bridge to the island in the middle of the Beira lake Yuriy Buriak


Large gazebo on the island
Large gazebo on the island Yuriy Buriak

These, of course, are not all interesting places in Colombo, but if you have a few hours before the plane, then visit these places.

There are no normal beaches in Colombo. We had time before departure and went to Negombo. A few kilometers from the city are beach hotels where you can visit the beach for a little money.

More photos of Colombo:

A lot of lanterns on the streets
A lot of lanterns on the streets Yuriy Buriak


Beautiful building of Cargill's Limited
Beautiful building of Cargill's Limited Yuriy Buriak


Computer studio :)
Computer studio :) Yuriy Buriak


We saw taxi cars only in Colombo.
We saw taxi cars only in Colombo. Yuriy Buriak


Colombo street
Colombo street Yuriy Buriak


The name of the car corresponds with its interior :)
The name of the car corresponds with its interior :) Nastya Mironets

Some links:
Colombo Zoo
Sightseeing bus in Colombo
Galle Face Colonial Hotel (1864)

Getting there: The best way to reach Colombo from the airport is by taxi ($10-12). Or find a free Airport Express shuttle, which will take you to the nearest bus station, where you can take a bus to Colombo, for example, #187 (~$1).

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