Another of Colombo's new instant landmarks, the 240m-tall Altair is a stunning edifice that takes its name from its soaring A-shape. Balconies texturise the otherwise smooth exterior.

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1. Seema Malakaya Meditation Centre

0.12 MILES

One of Colombo’s most photographed sights is on an island on the east side of the South Beira Lake. This small but captivating meditation centre was…

2. 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…

3. Temple Trees

0.45 MILES

The official prime minister's house has also been the residence for several recent presidents, including Mahinda Rajapaksa. It's heavily protected.

4. Colonial Storefronts

0.47 MILES

A row of colonial storefronts on Union Pl that aren't looking particularly healthy, what with the trees growing out their facades.

5. St Andrew's Church

0.48 MILES

As compact as a fresh haggis, this 1834 granite church is an island of calm back from Galle Rd. Inside the cool interior, the walls are lined with fulsome…

6. Colombo Club

0.59 MILES

The remaining structures of the 1871 Colombo Club face the green from the grounds of Taj Samudra hotel; the club’s rooms are still used for functions.

7. Viharamahadevi Park

0.62 MILES

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…

8. Colombo Lotus Tower

0.64 MILES

Casting a shadow over Slave Island, the 350m Lotus Tower is set to open by sometime in 2018. With a bulbous top meant to resemble the namesake blossom,…