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Colombo is the colourful capital of Sri Lanka, set on the country’s west coast and surrounded by a series of stunning landscapes, including picturesque tea plantations, tropical jungles and beaches. This cosmopolitan Sri Lankan city has developed considerably in recent years and boasts a melting pot of colourful cultures, charming historic sites, lush parks, bustling markets, trendy galleries, shopping malls and an incredible street food scene. There are many iconic landmarks and sites in Colombo; the Colombo National Museum is the city’s most prominent attraction, telling many various fascinating stories about old-world Sri Lanka, with interesting items on display including stone carvings, statues, paintings, traditional costumes and royal weaponry. The Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple is another iconic attraction of Colombo and architectural marvel, comprising of a temple, pagoda, ancient Bodhi tree, relic chamber and museum. Then there’s the majestic Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque which is also known as Red Mosque, featuring Indo-Saracenic style architecture with towering minarets, domes, a distinct red and white pattern and an impressive clock tower. Brightsun Travel offers an extensive range of cheap air tickets to Colombo all year round, taking you to the heart of this charming city.
There is a plethora of lush parks and open spaces in Colombo. Viharamahadevi Park is the largest park in the city, featuring a golden Buddha statue upon entrance, as well as beautiful tree species, water fountains and paved pathways. There’s also a mini zoo, children’s play area, picnic spaces, comfortable seating and food stalls here. Another beautiful green area of Colombo is Galle Face Green, which stretches along the Indian Ocean. This is one of the most spectacular places to watch the sunset, and there’s a seaside promenade here dotted with food vendors, which is a perfect place to people-watch. Under an hour’s drive from the city centre is the tranquil Beddagana Wetland Park which is well worth visiting; this large open space comprises of trees, exotic plants and footpaths along the park’s wetland area. Here you’ll spot a number of wonderful migratory birds, butterflies and dragonflies. Finally, a trip to Colombo is not complete without exploring the labyrinth alleys of the bustling Pettah Bazaar, with stalls and shops selling everything from fresh food and spices to jewellery, clothes and electronics. Book cheap flights to Colombo with Brightsun now and look forward to the ultimate getaway to this exotic city.