The port city of Colombo is rich with colonial heritage, religions, races and cultures. With a population of over 4.5 million people, Colombo is a bustling, fascinating and noisy city. It combines Dutch and British colonial buildings, with Buddhist temples, Islamic mosques, Christian churches, and modern gleaming skyscrapers. The impressive Colombo National Museum, dedicated to Sri Lankan history, is worth uncovering and it borders the sprawling Viharamahadevi Park, home to a giant Buddha. [ReadMoreMob]
The narrow cobbled streets of Pettah, the main bazaar district, are full of shops and street markets selling an amazing array of goods at bargain prices. There are plenty of places to eat, from small shops selling pancakes to coffee shops and upmarket restaurants.
A more rustic, slow-paced Sri Lankan experience can be found in nearby Negombo, with its quaint village streets and lively fish market. Alternatively, sun seekers can venture to the private beach of Mt. Lavinia, located on the breath-taking Golden Mile beachfront.
Ceylon (say-lawn) tea is a popular type of black tea (also known as Sri Lankan tea). Served as an iced tea or nice and warm, it is a favourite drink for many tea drinkers. While Ceylon is known for its bold flavour, you might be surprised to know that it can vary greatly in taste, depending on where it's grown in the country. This difference in flavour is influenced by climate, soil, precipitation, sun, and plant varietals, and it is known as terroir.
Kelaniya Temple (Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara)
One of the most sacred sites in Sri Lanka, the Kelaniya Temple is located approximately 11 kilometres (seven miles) from Colombo. Buddha himself is said to have visited the temple more than 2,000 years ago during his third visit to the country. Located on the banks of the River Kelani, Kelaniya is renowned for its frescoes, which depict historical events that have taken place in Sri Lanka. The temple has an intimate symbolic association with the political dynamics of the country.
Indigenous to Sri Lanka, Cinnamon is the pride among world’s spices. Sri Lanka is the world’s largest Ceylon cinnamon producer, which is considered to be of better quality than the cheaper Cassia cinnamon. The Ceylon cinnamon tree is indigenous to Sri Lanka, so it’s no surprise that the country accounts for most of the world's supply.