Located off the southern tip of India in tropical Sri Lanka, Colombo is a favourite port of call with many. With its old-world charm, Colombo is home to several colonial buildings, churches and a 100-year-old clock tower. A multi-cultural society, there are both Hindu and Buddhist temples here too. A popular tourist attraction is ‘Dehiwala Zoo'. About six miles from the city centre, the zoo has a wide collection of animal species ranging from birds, mammals to reptiles. For an insight into Colombo's intriguing past, head to the ‘National Museum of Sri Lanka'. One of Colombia's key attractions, the museum hosts a large collection of artefacts and relics. If you're after beach time, check out Colombo's popular beach ‘Mount Lavinia'.
Check out Colombo's lively bazaar district, the ‘Pettah'. You'll find anything from local handcrafts to brand name clothing here. Popular souvenirs and gifts in Colombo include hand-woven textiles, sarongs, fabrics, brassware, wood carvings, handmade lace and gems, such as sapphires.
Colombo's local currency is the Sri Lanka Rupee (LKR). Sri Lanka is 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. (GMT - 5.5).
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