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Colombo

Sri Lanka's bustling commercial capital is the delightful city of Colombo, located on the west coast of the island adjacent to the administrative capital - Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte. With a multiethnic and multicultural population of approximately one million within city limits and an amazing amalgamation of old and new, there is something for everyone to enjoy here. Colombo is the largest and most westernized city in Sri Lanka, and an ideal location for tourists to commence their holidays as it provides a good transition between modern and tradition life.

There are many things to see and do in Colombo. Must visit tourist attractions include Galle Face Green - a promenade boasting gorgeous views that stretches between the main artery of the city, Galle Road, and the Indian Ocean, the National Museum - the state museum established in 1877 featuring a stunning collection of ancient royal regalia, artwork, antique furniture and manuscripts and Gangaramaya Temple - one of the most important temples in Colombo, situated east of the South Beira Lake. Other notable places to visit are Viharamahadevi Park, Independence Square, Nelum Pokuna Performing Arts Theatre, Dehiwela Zoo and St. Lucia's Cathedral.

Fort, situated between the Harbour and Beira Lake, is Colombo's financial and commercial heart - several main international hotels as well as Sri Lanka's government offices are situated here. Popular landmarks include the mid 19th century Clock Tower, which was originally a lighthouse, and World Trade Centre - South Asia's third tallest twin towers. Another important area in Colombo is Pettah, noted for its maze of streets full of goods for sale. Tourists can find whatever they are looking for here, though shopping requires determined haggling.

Colombo is best known for its endless opportunities in shopping, dining and entertainment. Shopaholics will be delighted with the lovely boutique shops selling a range of items from handicrafts to clothes, department stores and shopping malls. Dining options are plentiful with top of the notch restaurants, coffee shops and local eateries available serving both local and western meals. There is much to do in terms of nightlife and entertainment as well - with several pubs, clubs, casinos, art galleries and entertainment centers available.

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