The capital of Sri Lanka and it is the largest city of Sri Lanka. Colombo is the commercial and financial center of Sri Lanka. A bustling metropolis, the city is an attractive blend of old and new.
It is located on the west coast of the island and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life. Due to its large harbour and its strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, Colombo was known to ancient traders 2,000 years ago. However it was only made the capital of the island when Sri Lanka was ceded to the British Empire in 1815, and its status as capital was retained when the nation became independent in 1948.
It is the major commercial center of the country and housing major offices, big hotels, some of the better shops, airline offices, banks, main post office, immigration office, travel agents and restaurants. Within Fort are several places of tourist interest, which can be conveniently seen on foot.
Pettah is Colombo’s leading bazaar district. It has narrow cobbled streets lined with shops and street stalls that offer the most fantastic bargains and the most unimaginable range of goods varying from bright printed fabrics, suitings, undergarments, children wear, footwear and handbags to electrical goods, semi precious jewellery, watches, rare first edition books, cutlery and other household items. Each criss-crossed lane of Pettah leads to the main street and each has developed its own specialized characteristic.
A promenade on the sea face stretching one and a half kilometers called Galle Face, it is a relic of the British era. Laid out in 1859 it was used for horse racing. Today it is the largest open space in Colombo and a famous picnic spot.
Colombo has a wide range of activities available for locals as well as for visitors and Colombo is no exception to this rule and offers numerous outdoor sports and activities such as water sports, golf, cricket (very much part of the culture here!), canoeing and whitewater rafting on the rivers nearby . If you are looking more for relaxation, yoga, and Ayurveda massages are also popular.
A wide choice of excellent restaurants can be found in Colombo and a few other places, serving a range of cuisines. there is plenty of nightlife in Colombo. Many casinos, or otherwise also called clubs here, scream for your attention with flashing neon lights. The clubs offer gamblers roulette, baccarat, poker, blackjack, and other games to try their luck as well as complimentary food and drinks, and sometimes music with live bands playing.
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