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COLOMBO
 
 
 
WELCOME TO COLOMBO
 
Colombo the spirited maritime capital, spread along the Indian Ocean for some nine miles, is where business and commerce begin and end in Sri Lanka. Most of the colonial remnants found in Colombo today are the legacy of the British. They drove the Dutch out in 1796, and held the upper hand here until Ceylon was granted its Independence in 1948.

One can commence a City Tour Of The Capital from Galle Face Green where to your left are a series of old cannons pointing their muzzles toward the open sea, a reminder of uncertain days of past. To your right are the brown stoned buildings of the former National State Assembly better known as Parliament.

Thereafter visit Fort, the commercial capital, where one would shop for bargain. Also pass the Gangaramaya Temple which is situated in the middle of the Beira Lake, Independence Square, Bandaranaika Memorial International Conference Hall and the new parliament complex and administrative capital at Sri Jayawardenapura which is surrounded by the waters of Lake Diyawanna Oya .

The most important center of faith for is Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya is said to be one of the three places on the island that the Buddha himself made a special point of visiting. About a quarter mile from the harbour, are series of three adjacent Hindu Kovils - Ganeshan, The Old Kathiresan and The Sri New Kathiresan Temple, the latter dedicated to Skanda, features a variety of colorful carvings on its gopuram, and is the largest Hindu temple in Colombo. As you look into the Roman Catholic Religion, some of the most famous churches are St. Anthony’s, Kochchikade & “The Cathedral” at Kotahena.
 
 
 
     
 
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