Colombo , Srilanka

Description

It is the financial centre of the island and a popular tourist destination. It is located on the west coast of the island and adjacent to SriJayawardenepura Kotte, the legislative capital of Sri Lanka. Colombo is a busy and vibrant place with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins.

The two World Trade Centre towers used to be the most recognized landmarks of the city.Famous landmarks in Colombo include Galle Face Green, Vikramahadevi Park, Beira Lake, Colombo Race Course, Planetarium, University of Colombo,Mount Lavinia beach, Nelum Pokuna Theatre, Colombo Lotus Tower as well as the National Museum. 

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Keleniya Raja Maha Vihara

The temple is also famous for its image of the reclining Gautama Buddha and paintings by the native artistSolias Mendis  which depict important events in the life of the Buddha, in the history of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, also incidents from the Jataka tales.


Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple

The temple's architecture demonstrates an eclectic mix of Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, and Chinese architecture.

This Buddhist temple includes several imposing buildings and is situated not far from the placid waters of Beira Lake  on a plot of land that was originally a small hermitage on a piece of marshy land. It has the main features of a Vihara , the Cetiya (Pagada) the Bodhitree, the Vihara Mandiraya, the Seema malaka (assembly hall for monks) and the Relic Chamber. In addition, a museum, a library, a residential hall, a three storeyed Pirivena, educational halls and an alms hall are also on the premises.


National Museum

It is also known as the Sri Lanka National Museum is one of two museums in Colombo. It is the largest museum in Sri Lanka. It is maintained by the Department of National Museum  of the central government. The museum holds contains a collections of much importance to Sri Lanka such as the regalia of the country, including the throne and crown of the Kandyan monarchs as well as many other exhibits telling the story of ancient Sri Lanka.


Zoo

Dehiwala Zoological Garden is one of the oldest zoological gardens in Asia. It has a substantial collection of worldwide animals. It is open all year long and can be reached by public transportation. Diversity of the zoo is indicated by the presence of an aquarium walk through aviary, reptile house, butterfly garden and many cages and enclosures.

The zoological garden has a small, but picturesque butterfly garden which is decorated with small shrubs, trees, creepers and small streams.


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