Start your Colombo half-day trip with a visit to Gangarama Seema Malaka Temple floating on the emerald water surface of Beira Lake. Standing out of the chaotic Colombo, the temple is well-known for its minimalist architecture and picturesque scenery of bronze Thai Buddha statues. Then, visit Sri Lanka National Museum where visitors get a glimpse of this country’s history and culture through numerous items exhibited.
After that, go to the Old Parliament Building designed in the neo-baroque architecture style. Head to Cinnamon Gardens – the most gentrified place in Colombo. Was formerly covered by cinnamon plantations, nowadays, the area serves as a walking ground lined up by lush green tree lines, beautiful cafés & shops, elegant museums, and galleries. Located in the heart of the garden are Independence Memorial Arcade and Independence Square. Stroll along the square and marvel at every square inch which stands for the country’s history and political freedom.
Before heading to the next place, enjoy your free shopping time at Odel Mall and Laksala, a famous state-owned gift and souvenir boutique. Move to Lighthouse and Clock tower known as the most noteworthy colonial architecture structures in Sri Lanka.
Next, visit BMICH or Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall and Pettah Bazaar for a closer look into local’s daily life. Don’t judge yourself if think that you are in Cairo or Mumbai. Finally, the driver transfers you back to port. Trip ends.