Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That heritage is reflected in its its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls. The imposing Colombo National Museum, dedicated to Sri Lankan history, borders sprawling Viharamahadevi Park and its giant Buddha.
PLACES TO VISIT
Old Parliament/ Galle face Green/ Beach/ Independence Square/ Port/ Victoria Park/ Little white house/ Gangaramaya temple/ Shopping molls/ Bere Lake/ Lotus tower/ Zoo