Top Choice Museum in Colombo

National Museum

A large 9th-century stone Buddha greets you with an enigmatic smile as you enter Sri Lanka’s premier cultural institution, which gets better is small increments each year. In galleries dating back as far as 1877, yo…
Top Choice Park in Colombo

Galle Face Green

This long open space traditionally faced a narrow beach and the sea. It was originally cleared by the Dutch to give the cannons of Fort a clear line of fire. Today its broad expanses and seaside promenade are a popu…
Top Choice Historic Building in Colombo

Old City Hall

Dating to 1865, this municipal building from the British era is mostly empty today, save for some old trucks and municipal equipment on display in the ground-floor galleries. But let the attendants lead you up the v…
Top Choice Park in Colombo

Viharamahadevi Park

Colombo’s biggest park was originally called Victoria Park, but was renamed in the 1950s after the mother of King Dutugemunu. It’s notable for its superb flowering trees, which bloom in March, April and early May. E…
Top Choice Museum in Colombo

Dutch Period Museum

This unique museum was originally the 17th-century residence of the Dutch governor and has since been used as a Catholic seminary, a military hospital, a police station and a post office. The mansion contains a love…
Top Choice Historic Building in Colombo

Dutch Hospital

Centrepiece of the vibrant Fort, this colonial-era complex dates back to the early 1600s. Lavishly restored, it is home to shops, cafes and restaurants run by some of Colombo’s best operators. Enjoy a pause for a co…
Top Choice Market in Colombo

Federation of Self Employees Market

A huge market with everything from goods useful for daily life to foodstuffs. Garish toys add colour.
Museum in Colombo

Geoffrey Bawa House

At the end of this quiet little street (you can hear bird calls) is the house where the renowned architect Bawa lived from 1960 to 1970. The house combines his usual love for traditional local forms with the stark w…
Market in Colombo

Pettah Markets

The concentrated and manic commerce of Pettah is concentrated even further in its markets. The one not to miss is the Federation of Self Employees Market, which stretches along 5th Cross St and is a hive of househol…
Buddhist Temple in Colombo

Gangaramaya Temple

Run by one of Sri Lanka’s more politically adept monks, Galboda Gnanissara Thera, this bustling temple complex has a library, a museum and an extraordinarily eclectic array of bejewelled and gilded gifts presented b…