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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What can be a suitable itinerary for Colombo?

Nitin Gurha DEC 10 2012
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Colombo, the largest city in Sri Lanka has loads in store for the travellers visiting the city. A minimum of two days are necessary to have the feel of the city. So, let’s discuss how to make the best use of the time you have in Colombo:

Day 1

  • The first place that you must head to right after your arrival in the city is the Fort. The Fort in Colombo is located between the Colombo Harbour to the north and Bejra Lake to the south. It was originally a fort during the Portuguese and Dutch periods but is now a major commercial centre of the country and housing major offices, big hotels. Within the Fort are several places of tourist interest, which can be conveniently seen on foot.
    A mid-19th-century Clock Tower is sheltered here at the corner of
    Janadhipathi Mawatha and Chatham Street. It was originally a lighthouse and is now a major landmark for the city centre area. Other places of tourist interest here include the President's House and Presidential Gardens, a palatial neo-classical building which was originally the home of the British Governors and is now the residence of Sri Lanka's president, however, it is sadly off limits to visitors.
  • There are numerous restaurants in Fort. However you can try out some local cuisine in the Dutch Hospital of Colombo. Try out the Colombo Fort cafe there.
  • Visit Slave Island after that. Slave Island is located on the south of Fort in Colombo. It is a long, narrow island-where the slaves had their night quarters, hence called Slave Island. Today the spot is surrounded by the remains of the former Beira Lake and is home to many office buildings, hotels and stores.

  • End your day with a visit to the Galle Face Green. A relic of the British era, this gorgeous promenade is very famous among tourists. The entire promenade is a sea facing stretch of one and a half kilometres. It has been laid out in 1859 it was initially used for horse racing. Now, it is the largest open space in Colombo and also, a popular picnic spot.


Day 2

  • Shopping is quite extensive and is a different experience altogether in Colombo. So, keep the second day only for shopping. One of Sri Lanka’s best kept secrets is the shopping opportunities in Colombo. Once in Colombo, the shopaholic inside is definitely going to overpower you. Many departmental stores and chic boutiques selling the cheapest and the best products that you can ever imagine are here in Colombo. Places like Odel and House of Fashion are some of the best examples. Designer clothing, shoes and handbags, handicrafts, home furnishings, DVD’s and more can be bought all at the lowest cost.
  • Dedicate your last evening in Colombo to its electrifying nightlife. Choose from the range of pubs, bars, discos and casinos in the city or even better to go club hopping. Make sure to make your journey in the city a memorable one.

So, don't let anyone or anything stop you from conquering the marvels of this place called Colombo!

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