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Top things to do in Colombo in a Day

Colombo is the commercial capital and the largest city in Sri Lanka by population. Colombo is often referred to as the capital since Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte is within the urban area of, and a suburb of, Colombo. It is also the administrative capital of the Western Province .Colombo has nevertheless emerged as a must see stop in Sri Lanka.No longer just the sprawling city you have to endure on your way to the beaches. It has become a worthy destination in its own right and makes an excellent start – or finish – to your Sri Lankan adventures.

Colombo has its colonial architectures very intact and Fort is a compelling place thanks to ongoing restoration of its landmark colonial architecture. While Pettah brims with markets and rampant commerce. Even traffic-clogged Galle Rd is getting spiffier with glossy new hotel complexes.

Colombo’s cosmopolitan side supports ever-more stylish eateries, galleries and shops. Surprises abound: with a little exploration you'll find great local food, characterful shops and tiny, convivial cafes. Meanwhile, a building boom like no other is transforming the city's skyline.

Below mentioned are some places that you can see in Colombo in a day.

1. Manning Market

May 06, 2019 | by Krishan

Pettah Market is also known as Manning Market and it is an open market in suburbs of Pettah. The entrance to the Pettah market is marked by a tall monument it is known as the Khan Clock Tower which was built by the family of Framjee Bhickajee Khan.Manning market is an open market with all sort of consumer goods and vegetables and fruits.

2. Galle face Green

May 06, 2019 | by Krishan

Galle face green is an ocean side urban park which stretches in the heart of Colombo, the financial and business capital of Sri Lanka.The initial of the Galle face green was laid by Governor Sir Henry George Ward in 1895. The Galle Face Green was initially used for horse racing and as a golf course, but was also used for cricket, polo, football, tennis and rugby. History records says that Galle Face Green originally extended over a much larger area than exists today.

The Galle Face Green was initially laid out by the Dutch as a means to enable their cannons a strategic line of fire against the Portuguese.The promenade of Galle Face green is packed with couples and families taking a stroll in the afternoons, especially on Sundays. Galle Face Green is the perfect place to watch the sunset. Along the promenade there are also a lot of food vendors, selling great street food at a cheap price. Some of the places even have tables on the pavement.

3. Colombo Fort

May 06, 2019 | by Krishan

Colombo is famous for many of the old colonial buildings that clustered mostly in the old Fort area. But her skyline is changing rapidly with the construction of many modern commercial buildings in the city center. As of now, these twin towers are the tallest completed buildings in Sri Lanka but many buildings under construction are chasing up with higher floors and eventually will overtake the twin towers. In the vicinity of Colombo there are modern and colonial architecture.

The Old Colombo Dutch Hospital is considered to be the oldest building in the Colombo Fort area dating back to the Dutch colonial era in Sri Lanka. It is now a heritage building and a shopping and dining precinct. There is another colonial architecture the Old Parliament of Sri Lanka . There are number of esteemed hotels around this area like Galadari, Kingsburry , Hilton and Taj Samudra.

3. Wolvendaal Church

May 06, 2019 | by Krishan

Wolvendaal Church is one of the most important church in Colombo near Pettah.It is one of the oldest Protestant churches still in use in the country. In 1736 Governor of Ceylon, Gustaaf Willem van Imhoff, sought approval from the Dutch East India Company to demolish the existing church within the Colombo Fort and construct a new one on the same site. However, the VOC refused this request, and it wasn't until the arrival of Governor Julius Valentyn Stein van Gollenesse in 1743 that the impasse was overcome. He decided that the new church would be erected in the area beyond the city walls, which at the time was swamp and marshland. The Europeans mistook the packs of roaming jackals for wolves, and the area became known as Wolvendaal.

The Dutch Reformed Church is currently known as the Christian Reformed Church of Sri Lanka. The Church has several locations throughout the Colombo area. Wolvendaal Church is the only Dutch Church on the island that has been continually in use.

4. Colombo Dutch Museum

May 06, 2019 | by Krishan

The Dutch museum is a two story building in Pettah.Now it’s turned in to a which houses this museum was constructed during the Dutch occupation of Colombo and was the formal residence of the Governor of Dutch Ceylon Thomas van Rhee during his term of office in 1692 to 1697. The building has been used for many different purposes over the years. It was a teacher training college and an institute for the instruction of clergymen between 1696 and 1796. At one time it was the residence of Colonel Count August Carl Fredrick Von Ranzow It operated as an orphanage under the supervision of the deacons and financed by the Dutch East Indies was once used as a post office.

In 1973 a committee was established with representatives from the Ceylon Tourist Board, the Department of Archaeology, the Netherlands Alumni Association of Lanka and the National Archives, to restore the building and establish a museum covering the Dutch colonial period.

5. Ashokaramaya Buddhist Temple

May 06, 2019 | by Krishan

Ashokaramaya Buddhist temple is situated in Thibirigasyaya,Colombo . The exterior in contrast is rather dull and normal looking; and as a result this temple is not very well known. However, recently with its paintings being redone; the temple has had an increase in the level of fame. The inner walls, passageway and roof of the temple are covered in paintings of Buddhas’s life story, various repetitive patterns of flowers, animals, devas, dragons and etc. The giant bo tree has a protective housing around it. There are several seated Buddhas enshrined along the wall. The area around the tree is quite nicely tiled making for a comfortable place to tread. The outer shrine houses the Hindu Gods that the Buddhists worship. They are depicted in a different manner than usual, being the localized version.

The stupa is pure white and reasonably sized. Some of the sculpted detailing along the edges is definitely worth a second look. Ashokaramaya is also well known for a reason that is different from its beautiful paintings and sculptures. It’s the strange collection of knick-knacks it holds. The temple has a tradition where people make vows using various things and then donate those items to the temple. As such through the years the shrine has acquired a variety of very odd objects, some of them quite rare. Included in the collection are religious objects such as Buddha statues; but also things like old typewriters, cameras, ceramic tea sets, clocks, record players and etc. While some of these are junk, there are some items that show the passage of time and history.

6. Red Mosque Colombo

May 06, 2019 | by Krishan

Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque or the red mosque is a historical mosque in Colombo Pettah. It is located on Second Cross Street in Pettah. The mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Colombo and a popular tourist site in the city. Construction of the Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque commenced in 1908 and the building was completed in 1909. The mosque was commissioned by the local Indian Muslim community, based in Pettah, to fulfill their required five-times-daily prayer and Jummah on Fridays. The mosque's designer and builder was Habibu Labbe Saibu Labbe and was based on details

It is a hybrid style of architecture, that draws elements from native Indo-Islamic and Indian architecture, and combines it with the Gothic revival and Neo-classical styles. Originally it had the capacity for 1,500 worshippers although at the time only around 500 were attending prayers.

It is a distinctive red and white candy-striped two-storey building, with a clock tower, and is reminiscent of the Jamek Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (constructed in 1910). Before other landmarks were built, some claim that the Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque was recognized as the landmark of Colombo by sailors approaching the port.

7. National Museum Of Colombo

May 06, 2019 | by Krishan

The beautiful building that houses the National Museum, was built in 1876 and founded by the British governor of Sri Lanka at the time. It is the largest museum in Sri Lanka. Surrounding this amazing building is a lovely and peaceful green park. Inside the museum are statues and exhibits telling the story of ancient Sri Lanka. The museum also displays items own by the former royal family of Sri Lanka, like the King’s golden throne and crown. You will find a lot of art, carvings, swords, guns, masks, and statues from Sri Lanka’s ancient past as well as the colonial period.