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City in a Day

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ImageAn ideal way to begin your day in Colombo would be to start in front of the  Bandaranayake Memorial International Conference Hall, looming tall over Bauddhaloka Mawatha and with a quick round through the posh neighborhood of Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo 7. You can then visit Odel, the trendy mall which sells souvenirs and designer wear, and enjoy a quick bite to eat at the Deli France or get some hotdogs, corn, ice cream or sandwiches at the shops outside the main building.
Next, drive around the Independence Square, which commemorates the Independence of Sri Lanka from the British, and then head down to the Viharamahadevi Park, where lush green lawns and water features make it a refreshing place to have a picnic. After that, head over to the National Museum, which is just around the corner, where you can learn of the many eras Sri Lanka has witnessed. Then pay a visit to Lakmedura (traditional souvenires) and Paradise Road (bit expensive and modern souvenirs).
Next off to Pettah, which is Colombo's busiest and most traditional bazaar, where you will see products on offer from across the world.  Once you’ve stocked up on various knick-knacks, make your way to the Hindu temple renowned for its elaborate stone carvings and the 18th century Dutch Church at Wolfendhal. Continuing on with the religious sites, you can then make a stop at the historic Devatagaha Mosque.
Once you’re done looking around the Mosque, make your way to the historic Hulfsdorp Law Courts, which can be seen from almost any roof top in Colombo, due to its distinct architectural style. Next, move onto the Gangarama Buddhist Temple for a few minutes, to look at the elephant and statues. Then drive down Nawam Mawatha which borders a man-made lake in the middle of the town and then head towards Galle Road and make your way to the Galle Face Green, and watch the sun go down around 6.30 – 7.00 pm. You can get yourself some traditional snacks from the vendors around the area. Finally make your way to the Galle Face hotel, Taj Samudra, Ceylon Continental, The Hilton, or any other hotel/restaurant in the vicinity for a good meal to round off the day.

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