Best Things To Do in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Whether you're visiting Colombo for a few days or are a localite, Colombo is sure to have something new for you. Explore our guide that tells you about the best tourist places to visit and things to do in Colombo. This guide will give you an idea about the popular attractions, upcoming tourist spots, and off-beat things to do in Colombo. This makes it easy to plan weekends or long vacations in Colombo. We have compiled this cool stuff to do in Colombo keeping in mind the points of interest for families, groups, and romantic couples. Looking at the activities for adventure junkies in Colombo listed here will get the blood rushing and adrenaline pumping through your veins.

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Tourist Attractions in Colombo

Take a look at these famous tourist attractions in Colombo that are a must-visit!

  1. #1 of 171 Things To Do in Colombo
    - Used in 3484 itineraries
    Independence Square

    Tags: Walking Area, Statue, Leisure, Square

    Address: 7 Independence Ave Colombo 00700 Sri Lanka

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Walking down Independence Avenue, you'll see a statue looming up before you. It is Hon. D. S. Senanayaka, father of the Nation, the first Prime Minister of Independent Ceylon, welcoming you to the squ...Read more

  2. #2 of 171 Things To Do in Colombo
    - Used in 3288 itineraries
    Galle Face Green

    Tags: Park, Walking Area, Picnic Spot

    Address: A2, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This lovely park, facing the Indian Ocean,  was once a marshland. The British Governor, Sir Henry Ward had it landscaped into a luxury promenade for the wealthy in 1856. Moreover, the clearing ga...Read more

  3. #3 of 171 Things To Do in Colombo
    - Used in 3195 itineraries
    Seema Malaka

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple

    Address: Sir James Pieris Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Most religious temples in Sri Lanka tend to be Christian or Hindu. Which serves for a double dose of irony when you find out the most popular tourist interest temple is this Buddhist one, and that it ...Read more

  4. #4 of 171 Things To Do in Colombo
    - Used in 3374 itineraries
    Independence Memorial Hall

    Tags: Memorial, Hall

    Address: 7 Independence Ave Colombo 00700 Sri Lanka

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Rising in the heart of the Independence Square, this memorial hall serves as an open pavilion of sorts. Built to commemorate the  independence of Sri Lanka from the British rule, the hall where r...Read more

  5. #5 of 171 Things To Do in Colombo
    - Used in 3007 itineraries
    St Anthony's Church Kochikade

    Tags: Church, Religious Site

    Address: Kochchikade, St Anthony's Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Timings: 05:30 am - 07:00 pm Details

    This is one of the most curious churches you'll ever visit. From the outside, it is by every appearance a regular Catholic Church. But the second you step in, it's as if you've stepped into a pagan te...Read more

  6. #6 of 171 Things To Do in Colombo
    - Used in 3106 itineraries
    Old Parliament Building

    Tags: Architecture , Heritage Building

    Address: Old Parliament Building, Lotus Road, Colombo Sri Lanka

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    It could be ironic, that this, one of the most visited tourist attractions in the city, is not open to the public. But considering that people are well satisfied with merely taking photographs of its ...Read more

  7. #7 of 171 Things To Do in Colombo
    - Used in 1776 itineraries
    Jami Ul-alfar Mosque

    Tags: Mosque, Religious Site

    Address: No.228, Second Cross Street, Colombo 11- Sri Lanka

    Timings: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Details

    Imagine a building with the color scheme of a red-velvet pastry cake. Try to take it seriously. Then take a look at this mosque and the eye-catching white and red striped pattern on its towering, impo...Read more

  8. #8 of 171 Things To Do in Colombo
    - Used in 2316 itineraries
    Sri Kaileswaram

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Architecture

    Address: 11/15, Captain's Garden Kovil Street, Colombo 01000, Sri Lanka

    Timings: 09:00 am - 03:30 pm Details

    This is the oldest (125 years old) and largest Hindu temple in the city. Like most major hindu temples, the architecture is incredibly ornate. Hundreds of sculptures and carvings of hindu deities ador...Read more

  9. #9 of 171 Things To Do in Colombo
    - Used in 3040 itineraries
    Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple

    Address: Ven. Muruththettuwe Ananda Himi Mawatha, Colombo 00500, Sri Lanka

    Timings: 07:30 am - 07:00 pm Details

    The tourist who comes upon this temple, and unmoved by ut's unimpressive exterior , and decides to not go in will miss out on something mindblowing. If you Google pictures of this temple, the results ...Read more

  10. #10 of 171 Things To Do in Colombo
    - Used in 3470 itineraries
    Arcade Independence Square

    Tags: Walking Area, Square, Picnic Spot

    Address: 30 Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This complex is an interesting juxtaposition of facts. It looks like a mansion. It looks new, but was built in 1889 as an lunatic asylum. It is now located adjacent to where Sri Lanka was declared fre...Read more

  11. #11 of 171 Things To Do in Colombo
    - Used in 2479 itineraries
    Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple

    Address: Srimath Ramanadan Mawatha Colombo Sri Lanka

    Timings: 05:00 am - 08:30 pm Details

    Usually Hindu temples explore with color. Not this one. It's a little surprising to see. The whole temple is made from grey granite from South India. The only splash of color on the outside are the br...Read more

  12. #12 of 171 Things To Do in Colombo
    - Used in 3473 itineraries
    Colombo Lighthouse

    Tags: Light House, View Point

    Address: Colombo Lighthouse Chaithya Rd Colombo Sri Lanka

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    It's a shame one cannot climb up to the top anymore; access was restricted during the Sri Lankan Civil War. Still, the construct makes for some nice selfie opportunities and inventive photography. It ...Read more

  13. #13 of 171 Things To Do in Colombo
    The Central Point - Economic History Museum

    Tags: History Museum

    Address: Chatham St, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    When it was first built, the Central Point building was the tallest in the city. Restored after the damage it suffered in the 1996 bombing, the building is one of the best examples of Greco-Roman arch...Read more

  14. #14 of 171 Things To Do in Colombo
    - Used in 2831 itineraries
    Geoffrey Bawa Number 11

    Tags: Architecture

    Address: Geoffrey Bawa Number 11, 00300, 33rd Ln, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka

    Deshamanya Geoffrey Manning Bawa was a renowned Sri Lankan architect who nearly single handedly formed the style known as tropical modernism. The unassuming looking house is where he stayed for 40 yea...Read more

  15. #15 of 171 Things To Do in Colombo
    - Used in 749 itineraries
    St. Thomas Chapel

    Tags: Church, Religious Site

    Address: Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, St Anthony's Mawatha, Colombo Sri Lanka

    Timings: 07:30 am - 01:30 pm Details

    Situated on a hillock, surrounded by grass and trees, the chapel is part of St. Thomas Anglican Church and the school of the same name. From the outside, it's an old and dignified looking building. It...Read more

Activities And Tours

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