Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. It is the financial centre of the island and a popular tourist destination, which is located on the country s west coast and south of Kelani River, with a population of millions people is by far the country s biggest city, as well as the most developed. And also the city of Colombo serves as your gateway into the tropical island of Sri Lanka
Colombo has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. In 1517 the recently arrived Portuguese built a fort here, which was to subsequently form the nucleus of the modern city. The Dutch expanded the fortifications and gave the fledgling city new suburbs and an extensive system of canals, though it was not until the arrival of the British that Colombo really began to take off, by now an important staging post on the Indian Ocean s maritime routes. That heritage is reflected in its its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls. In 1815, Colombo was declared the capital of Ceylon. Today s modern city, which a population of around 3 million calls home, has grown exponentially since Independence and now spreads its tentacular suburbs along the coast for the best part of 60km (37 miles).
The imposing Colombo National Museum, dedicated to Sri Lankan history, borders sprawling Viharamahadevi Park and its giant Buddha, Shop in the Pettah, Stroll on Galle Face Green, Get aquainted with Sri Lanka s animals at Dehiwala Zoo are the best tourist attractions in colombo.