Established in 1965, the Planetarium takes the shape of a lotus in full bloom and seats 500 visitors. Constructed by German engineers, it features an artificial sky to glimpse the nighttime sky during the day through a colossal universal projector.
The Mount Lavinia Hotel’s rich history dates back to Governor of Ceylon Sir Thomas Maitland’s desire for a love nest. Its Victorian-era ambience, gourmet cuisine and exceptional service make this luxury beach resort a truly unique venue.
Galle Face Green is a long stretch of land by the Indian Ocean, which is a public walkway and playground. The promenade is situated next to the old Parliament of Sri Lanka, while some of the best hotels in Colombo are also located in its periphery.
Located in the outskirts of the city, the Dehiwela Zoo is home to animals that are both intriguing and magnificent. With a comprehensive array of species, it is also home to an aquarium with exotic and vibrant marine life.
In the heart of the city, the picturesque Beira Lake is surrounded by Colombo’s business district and occupies 65 hectares. During the colonial era, the lake was used to transport goods within the city.
The Nelum Pokuna (Lotus Pond) Performing Arts Theatre is a fully equipped state-of-the-art performance centre for large-scale productions. The theatre consists of an auditorium and an open-air amphitheatre. Situated in the heart of the city, this 21st-century architectural masterpiece offers easy access for both local and foreign producers.
The National Museum of Colombo is Sri Lanka’s largest. It boasts a collection of fine relics from the many kingdoms that ruled over numerous regions of the island and houses artefacts from the prehistoric ages. The museum was built when Sir William Henry Gregory served as British Colonial Governor of Ceylon.
Independence Square, the park around the Independence Commemoration Hall, is one of the most prominent locations in Colombo – it is where city dwellers visit for recreation, jogging and walking. A unique feature of the Independence Commemoration Hall is its rows of stone lions guarding the monument.
Sri Lanka is the only former colony in the world to have a Dutch period museum. This unique museum was originally the residence of Ceylon’s Dutch Governor and has since been used as a Catholic seminary, a military hospital, a police station and a post office. Its exhibits include Dutch colonial furniture and other artefacts.