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Chatham St, Colombo 00100, Sri Lanka

Most visitors make a beeline for Fort, the original site of the 16th-century fortifications built by the Portuguese in Colombo. The district is also the city’s financial center and is home to the President’s House, the head of...

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If you were to do only one thing in Colombo, a stroll down Galle Face Green would be a good contender. Facing the rolling waves of the Indian Ocean, this car-free thoroughfare was laid out in 1859 by the governor of British Ceylon, Henry Ward....

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

East of Fort is the hectic, crowded labyrinth of Colombo’s central bazaar. Derived from the Tamil word for village, the Pettah is where to head to experience shopping in true, traditional Sri Lankan style—and a world away from...

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Station Passage, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Just east of Galle Face Green is yet another vestige of Colombo’s colonial past. Slave Island is surrounded by Beira Lake on all sides but one and is where Portuguese and Dutch colonialists held African slaves brought to the...

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61 Sri Jinarathana Rd, Colombo 00200, Sri Lanka

Though it's in the heart of the city, one of Colombo’s most important places of worship for Buddhists will envelop you in a serene calm as soon as you cross its threshold. A series of tranquil shrines and rooms cluster in a slightly...

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Sir James Pieris Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka

This tranquil expanse of water in the heart of the city is a place for quiet contemplation. On one side of the lake is the Seema Malaka Temple, connected to the shore by a series of walkways and designed by architect Geoffrey Bawa, who reputedly...

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Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka

Established in 1877 by the British governor of Ceylon, Sir William Henry Gregory, this two-story Italian-inspired building showcases artifacts—pottery, swords, jewelry and more—from many periods of Sri Lanka’s history. Some...

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33rd Ln, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The late Geoffrey Bawa was Sri Lanka’s preeminent 20th-century architect; he pioneered a tropical Modernist style and was a huge influence on contemporary Asian architecture. Bawa bought the first of a row of four houses set in a...

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Negombo - Giriulla Rd, Negombo, Sri Lanka

Negombo, one of the closest beachside getaways from Colombo, was also one of the first places in Sri Lanka occupied by the Portuguese. Dutch settlers later improved its waterways to transport inland-grown spices like cinnamon to the...

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63, Pedlar Street, Fort, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka

A two-hour drive south of Colombo is the unmissable seaside town of Galle; its Fort area is a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to the 16th century. Lining its enchanting grid of time-warped, cobblestoned streets are Dutch...