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Colombo, the colourful Sri Lankan capital is usually visited as a stopover destination as it’s the gateway to Sri Lanka’s beach hotspots, though we recommend that you dedicate an entire trip here as there’s so much to see and do - the city is blossoming into a sought after tourist destination. Colombo is surrounded by jungle, beaches and tea plantations and is renowned for its historic sites, bustling marketplaces, pretty parks and trendy art galleries, plus tantalising street food. We have some great offers on luxury holidays to Colombo that you can check out today.

Colombo is a city steeped in rich history; visiting here is like stepping back in time several centuries… There are lots of stunning ancient monuments to admire including mosques, temples and renovated heritage buildings. Must-see sites include the Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque aka the Red Mosque of Sri Lanka which is one of the city’s oldest mosques and the Gangaramaya Temple, one of the city’s oldest Buddhist temples which now hosts as a museum, educational centre and place of worship.

There are many lush green spaces within the city, so there’s always somewhere serene to retreat to. The beachside Galle Face Green is one to note which is a famous sunset viewing spot, as is Viharamahadevi Park, the largest park in the city with lots of beautiful plants, trees, waterways, walkways and leisure attractions. From Colombo you can enjoy a day trip to Mount Lavinia Beach, a picturesque stretch of coastline less than a 45 minute drive from the city.

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