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Galle Face Green is the main beach in Colombo. Contrary to normal beaches, the area is mostly grass and you would have to climb down a flight of stairs to actually feel the sand and the water. One of the best things to do in Colombo is experiencing the street food of Galle Face.
One of the most important places to visit in Sri Lanka is the National Museum of Colombo. It is a stunning colonial building constructed all the way back in 1876. You can learn a lot about the ancient times of the kings and queens of Sri Lanka, and learn a lot about Colombo city.
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This is the oldest and largest park in Sri Lanka. If you are traveling with kids, this is one of the top places to visit in Sri Lanka for you! Featuring a couple of large play sets, a fountain where your kids can run around and get wet, lush green grass, street food vendors, pony and horse-drawn carriage rides, and plenty of space to relax or kick a ball around.
Another top place to visit in Sri Lanka is the beautiful, scenic Beira Lake. You could also take a swan boat into the lake, visit the water temple located in the middle of the lake and cross the bridge over to lover’s island. You could also book a meal at the floating restaurant and experience one of the coolest things to do in Colombo!
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Also known as the Red Mosque, it is a must-visit place in Colombo. Unique to all other mosques in Sri Lanka, the red mosque’s architecture is based on colonial-type buildings and its vibrant red color, which is where it gets its name from.
A must-visit place in Colombo is the Independence Square where both of these buildings/monuments lie. Both of them were constructed at the time that Sri Lanka gained independence from British rule as a way to commemorate the event, preserving an important piece of history, which makes it a top place to visit in Sri Lanka.
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Visiting Apé Gama (translating to ‘our village’) is a cool thing to do in Colombo that offers tourists a unique opportunity to experience a model of the classic village in Sri Lanka. You can walk around and gaze upon the huts, and other buildings in a classic village, enjoy a few traditional sweets, and then pick up a few souvenirs from the gift shop on your way out!
A recent addition to the tourist attractions of the city, Diaytha Uyana is one of the must-visit places in Colombo. It is situated along the banks of Diyawana Oya near the Water’s Edge Hotel, comprising fountains and flowers, a small circular aquarium, a children’s play area, a walking way, an open-air food court, and a row of tents where various shops, fairs, and markets take place throughout the week.