The capital of Sri Lanka, the bustling city of Colombo is the largest city and commercial centre of Sri Lanka. Colombo has a pleasant mix of old and new, with architecture of the colonial past standing alongside modern structures. There are several points of interest that are conveniently accessible by foot. The well-preserved old buildings include the Old Parliament and the National Museum. A must see attraction is the Fort, which was originally built by the Portuguese and later used by the Dutch to protect the city. Adjacent to the Fort is Colombo’s leading bazaar district, Pettah. Each street has developed its own specialised characteristic - some streets are famous for glass, mirrors and electrical goods, while others are dedicated to semi-precious gems, jewellery, watches and handicrafts. Visitors can be awed by the fantastic bargains offered at shops; many popular brands are manufactured and exported from Sri Lanka and can be bought at a fraction of the UK price. For those preferring air-conditioning to hot open air, there are malls, boutiques and outlets throughout the city. The city is packed with things to do; keen explorers will love the temples, churches and historical architecture and the happy-go-lucky traveller will enjoy casinos and nightclubs. For the cultured, there are theatres and museums while for the fun loving, experience a live cricket match or band. Colombo is an ideal location to start your Sri Lankan journey.
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