Image of Buddha statues at Gangaramaya temple
Landmarks in Colombo

As the bustling capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo boasts of a myriad of appeals and attractions to residents and tourists alike. There are plenty of things to do and see, so a city tour is always quite colourful, with fascinating hidden corners waiting to be discovered. Below are a few of the popular landmarks that you should not miss in the city.

1. The Old Parliament Building

old parliament building
The Old Parliament Building is one of the prominent attractions in the city. Located right in front of Galle Face, this majestic monument speaks volumes about the grandeur and charm of the paradise island’s colonial era. The building was opened back in the year 1930.

2. Red Mosque

red mosque colombo

The picturesque Red Mosque of Pettah, which is also known as Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque, is truly a breathtaking masterpiece! The bright red and white exterior of the mosque makes it quite hard to miss for sure. It was designed by an unqualified architect named Habibu Labbe Saibu Labbe.

The construction work of this elaborate masterpiece took only a year too. It was opened back in the year 1909. The mosque is located in Second Cross Street in Pettah. Tourists can have visits arranged to this mosque today.

3. Galle Face Green

galle face green

Galle Face Green is one of the most beautiful places that you will see in Colombo. Lining the shores of the city, this charming area attracts large numbers of tourists and locals in the evenings.

You can relax here, fly a kite, relish some incredible street food and simply take in the rich beauty of the city life during your visit. Located in close proximity to the Galle Face Green are many leading hotels like Galle Face Hotel, Shangri-La Colombo and Kingsbury Hotel.

If you happen to visit the city in the month of August, you will be able to experience the beauty and glory of the Kite Festival. This incredible event brings together experienced kite makers from all corners of the country.

The skies which spread like a canopy of light above the skies are brilliantly adorned by the fluttering skies during this festival, inspiring joy in the hearts of the young and the old alike. If you lived at Sapphire Residences, the most exclusive apartments in Sri Lanka, you would be able to bask in this breath-taking view right from the comfort of your own home. 

4. Gangaramaya Temple

gangaramaya temple colombo
Seemamalakaya

The enchanting Gangaramaya Temple is one of the most popular sites of worship in the country. The interesting architecture of the temple certainly heightens its appeal.

Seemamalakaya, which is also located close to the temple, is yet another interesting feature of the complex. This was built by the legendary Sri Lankan architect, Geoffrey Bawa. The funds for building the Seemamalakaya were donated by a Muslim businessman.

5. Independence Memorial Hall

The independence hall in Colombo

The picturesque Independence Memorial Hall is a site not to be missed. The grand beauty of this regal monument will enthral you for sure. It offers some great photo opportunities too. The monument stands on the spot where the formal ceremony which marked the start of the self rule, after the British colonial era, took place.

6. Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct

dutch hospital colombo

If you want to catch a whiff of the colonial heritage of the city while indulging in some great food and entertainment, you really should visit the beautiful Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct.

As you visit the site you will be able to marvel at the gorgeous beauty of this building complex, which served as a hospital during the Dutch period. The hospital was used for the military. It has been beautifully converted in to a shopping and dining venue today. There are lots of great chill out spots that you can explore as you navigate through this ancient site.

Sapphire Residences offers a collection of exclusive apartments in Sri Lanka amidst some of the best landmarks of Colombo.

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