Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital, was once an important port city and that prosperous legacy means today it features a multicultural population with diverse architecture and rich cultural landmarks. Located on the west coast, Colombo is the most densely populated city on the island, with a population of some two million people that is culturally, religiously and ethnically diverse - It’s possible to see Buddhist temples, Hindu kovils, churches and mosques situated only few meters from each other in some areas.
Aside from its stunning colonial architecture, Colombo also has expansive golden beaches, with plenty of family-friendly attractions just a short distance from the city centre, and is also famed for its shopping—both with locals and tourists, with many high quality designer and not-so-designer labels available on just about every street corner.
So if you are looking for a culturally rich city, with unforgettable cuisine, friendly locals and a beach holiday atmosphere, then Colombo should be next on your list of destinations.
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Sri Lanka is a developing nation and, whilst Colombo is the capital city, there are areas that are far less desirable than others—choosing the right location can be the difference between a stressful experience and a trip to remember. Finding a professionally serviced apartment in the city from a reputable provider is one way of ensuring a high standard of comfort.
The Squa.re present a range of such properties, with each one being specially selected for its high-spec interior, range of modern facilities and the desirability of its location. What’s more, our team can advise on the best property type for your individual trip—from luxury apartments to self-contained studios. Choosing to book one of our properties means you have peace of mind that your accommodation will not only feature fully-equipped kitchen facilities, but also a luxurious bathroom an secure access.
The streets of Colombo are full of interesting things to see and do, from cool bars to fine dining. Anyone wishing to explore the city’s history however, might want to pay a visit to the National Museum of Colombo—over 100,000 specially selected exhibits that showcase the history and culture of Sri Lanka. It also features the island’s central library. Diyatha Uyana is located in Battaramulla and sees people from all corners of Sri Lanka coming to visit the recently opened park, which is filled with food stalls and street performers. The Gangarama Temple is arguably the most popular sight for tourists and amongst the most iconic temples located in Colombo. Anyone visiting the city with family can also pay a visit to Mount Lavinia—a pleasant beach area with golden sands and plenty of bars and amenities dotted around.
If you are interested in shopping, then Arcade-Independence Square gives you a number of options, with everything from famous high-street brands to local Sri Lankan products like tea, gems and handicrafts.
Buses are the cheapest mode of transport available in Colombo. They are usually available throughout the day, and fairly frequent, travelling to almost any destination from the central terminal.
However, the buses are usually very busy and often not the most comfortable means of transport, so those visiting Colombo are advised to hire taxis to get around—either car taxis or tuk tuks, both of which can be booked through a hotel or waved down on the street.
For those looking to travel out of Colombo and take in the local countryside, trains are the ideal mode of transportation. It is economical, safe and usually less chaotic than buses.
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