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Travel Tips to Colombo (CMB)
Tiny Fishing Village to the Capital of Sri Lanka
The beautiful port of Colombo is truly the heart of Sri Lanka, although the parliament building and the actual capital are situated in Sri Jayewardenepura, 10 km further inland. Thanks to its protected natural harbour, Colombo has developed itself from a tiny fishing town into the financial centre of the “Spice Island”. The transportation of spices, especially cinnamon to Europe and the lively colonial business through magnificent merchant ships helped the town to bloom into a major city. Book flights to Colombo today with FlyDoha, to experience it for yourself!
The Cinnamon Gardens
One of the most important districts of Colombo is the Cinnamon Gardens. This urban district is approximately 3 kilometres away from the city centre and is still known by its former cinnamon plantation name. Today, the neighbourhood is not covered with cinnamon trees but with a mighty university campus. These are the most elegant parts of the city, because here you will not only see the government offices but also find the national museum, foreign embassies, some villas and Colombo Town Hall. The Town Hall was built in 1946 according to the model of Capitol building in Washington. Because of the similarities in their architecture this one is also called Independence Hall.
The Historic Fort District
There are many attractions to visit in the Fort District of Colombo. The name “Fort District” came from a military establishment which was occupied by the Dutch or the Portuguese during colonial times. However, as a business and service district today, it contains an incredible mix of Victorian style buildings as well as modern architecture. Here you will find the old parliament, the Beira Lake - an enormous pond in the heart of the city, and the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in Colombo. They are the modern highlight of the district and not only are the tallest buildings in Colombo but the second highest twin buildings in South Asia. Each tower is 152 metres high with 40 floors. The boardwalk of Colombo is one of the most famous meeting points around the clock. Galle Face Green, a green stretch of land decorated with palm trees along the coast of Indian Ocean. This promenade looks wonderful in the evening as the whole area is covered in the beautiful lights of setting Sun.
Kandy – the last capital of the Sinhalese kingdom
Kandy lies in the mountainous heights about 100 km east of Colombo. This former capital of the Sinhalese kingdom stood its ground against conquest by colonial powers but it finally had to bow to the British in 1815. Visit the place in July and August and experience the true culture of Sri Lanka on the Perahera festival, where hundreds of lavishly adorned elephants take part in a procession, along with traditional local dancers. In this procession, they carry caskets or chests of treasures and holy relics, such as the tooth of Buddha. For the rest of the year the relic is kept in the protection of the Sri Dalada Maligawa temple which opens three times a day for one hour. Book yourself a flight to Colombo with FlyDoha and dive into the history of Sri Lanka.