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Colombo Holiday Package
Colombo is the largest city of Sri Lanka, and referred to as its capital, located on the west coast of the island and adjacent to Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte, which is known as the satellite city of Colombo. This city with its busy and vibrant trends..... Is a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins? It is also referred to as the port on the river `Kelani’ and alternately a `Harbour with leafy mango trees’. The Beira Lake is one of the most distinctive landmarks, and the Seema Malakaya temple, remains a popular attraction, hosting regattas and theatrical events on its shores. It is also possible that the Portuguese named the city after Christopher Columbas, the Italian sailor who lived in Portugal for many years before discovering the Americas.
Travellers may feast their eyes with novices such as The National Museum of Colombo, situated in the cinnamon gardens area and housing the crown jewels. There is also the Colombo Museum, detailing the Dutch colonial history of the country. A small collection of Sri Lankan masterpieces at the Art Gallery in Green Path might attract the tourists, next to which is the Natural History Museum.The Dutch Period Museum displays Dutch legacy through artifacts such as furniture, ceramics, coins, arms,weapons, pottery, portraits and furniture from the period of Dutch rule. The Maritime Museum transports visitors through maritime history and has some fascinating antiques that were used by lighthouse keepers, pirates, and sailors.
The Colombo's Zoological Park has a wide variety of animals, birds, and reptiles and the most popular enjoyment in the zoo is the elephant show, which is held daily, and it also offers elephant and pony rides. The Casa Serena Art Gallery is a purpose built space, designed to exhibit a diverse array of art, photography, sculpture, video installations and craft. It focuses on contemporary and traditional arts and features the work of local and international artists.Gangaramaya Viharaya - is probably Colombo's most famous Buddhist temple and has been making a valuable contribution to Buddhist traditions and learning and a centre for worship in Sri Lanka. Viharamahadevi Park, is the green lung of Colombo,and is the largest, oldest and most colourful park.There are small ponds, occasional elephants and some interesting Buddha statues with a special children's section which has a small train ride and a zoo of baby animals. There are swings, see-saws, and other amusement activities for children as well. The Dehiwela Zoo has a wide collection of fauna from all over the world. The Min Medura Aquarium has varieties of aquatic life which is spectacular, inclusive of a reptile house having a collection of cobras, vipers, and many other snake varieties. There is also a well-stocked aviary and a Butterfly Park with the highlight of an elephant show in the evening. Another incredible site is the Independence Hall at the Independence Square in Cinnamon Gardens. Even before the Parliament was built, some claim that the Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque was recognized as the landmark of Colombo by sailors approaching the port, and the most visited tourist sites in the city. The St. Paul’s Church Milagiriya, one of the oldest churches in Sri Lanka is also a landmark, first built by the Portuguese and re-built by the British.The Fort district also has the famous Cargills and Millers complex that is protected by a special government law from demolition, done mainly to preserve the historic beauty of the Fort area.The Wolvendaal Church is a living edifice of the Dutch colonial architecture and a monument of the Dutch Christian zeal.
The Galle Face Green is the city’s largest and most elegant promenade, lined with palm trees and adjacent to the coast, and this mile-long stretch in the heart of the city is a constant beehive of activity, as in the evening it plays host to families and children playing sports and flying kites, lovers embracing under umbrellas and health enthusiasts taking their daily evening walks.There are numerous small food stalls and a small stretch of beach to get wet.The Green also frequently hosts numerous international and local concerts and performances, such as the recently concluded World Drum Festival. Several old clubs of the city gives a glimpse of the British equestrian life style, these include the Colombo Club, Orient Club, the 80's Club, the Colombo Cricket Club. Mount Lavinia is a great place with a beach and entertains a good deal of nightlife.
Products that are worth buying in Sri Lanka include world famous Ceylon tea, clothing and jewellery, including the Sri Lankan blue sapphire. Quality is generally assured at the higher end stores and the House of Fashions with clothes, accessories and Odel, an upscale store featuring high quality designer labels of clothing, candles, Sri Lankan tea, jewellery, trinkets and some artefacts. The Crescat Boulevard is a fashionable, upscale shopping centre, food court and grocery store while Barefoot is a handicraft store, has a wide range of good quality souvenirs and handmade items, clothes, bags, and children toys, from some of the most beautifully-colored fabric that you have ever seen. Pettah is situated on the outskirts of the fort area and its pavements are full of small stalls selling delicious sherbet to shirts to clothes and handicrafts. The First Cross Street has electronic goods shops and the Second Cross Street has cellular phones and fancy goods. At the end of the street further away from Fort is the Sea Street, Sri Lanka’s Gold Market, surrounded by jewellery shops.
For those night owl's Colombo's nightlife is on par with most other Asian destinations and feature a number of nightlife establishments, that offer decent music and drinks, served in a pleasant atmosphere, such as the Kelaniya Temple, which is a splendid example of Buddhist architecture and art. At the temple entrance there is the striking ‘Makara Thorana' archway, a symbol of protection in local mythology, and is a stylized depiction of animals combined into an elaborate pattern. It has the trunk of an elephant, the body of a fish, the feet of a lion, the ears of a hog, the teeth of a monkey and the tail of a swan. The Cricket Club Cafe is a must for any cricket lover with its walls covered in autographed memorabilia and photos with sports, usually cricket, being screened on all the TV’s scattered throughout the rooms, serving authentic Aussie cuisine and a wide variety of drinks. The Bar is named after Donald Bradman. The Gallery Cafe, with a wonderful atmosphere is a beautiful building, designed by famous Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, having a large food menu featuring many international dishes, decadent desserts and extensive cocktail menu. The Lagoon restaurant focuses primarily on seafood with colourful Sri Lankan flavours and the friendly, professional staffs are able to create an enjoyable dining experience. The Mango Tree, the finest restaurant in the city with North Indian Cuisine, full of innovative dishes and Chesa Swiss, representing the best of Swiss cuisine, has all your favourites from fresh garden snails to Chateaubriand for two to steak Café de Paris style! The wine list is exclusively Swiss.
Colombo features a tropical rainforest climate and is fairly temperate throughout the year. The monsoon seasons vary from May to August and October to January when heavy rains can be expected and the winter months are drier than usual.