Colombo: The city of the sea and beauty - The Smiling Heart

Colombo: The city of the sea and beauty

Colombo is also the commercial Capital Of Sri Lanka. This famous tourist destination is situated on the west coast of the country and is adjacent to the legislative capital of the country called Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte. The name Colombo was actually given by the Portuguese in 1505 but its meaning stands for ‘port on the river Kelani’, according to classical Sinhalese name. This tropical city is a paradise for shoppers and history buffs alike.

Want to visit this city? Then come on in from the Bandaranaike International Airport, which welcomes both domestic and international flights. You will be able to avail flights from all over the world in here and with a bit of luck and some deft planning you might be able to get the cheapest Dubai to Colombo flights, Toronto to Colombo flights, and Auckland to Colombo flights and so on.

Surely you would like to know the city better, let’s check out some important spots then:

  • Dive into Scuba Diving: Coming to Colombo and not going for scuba diving is a major missed opportunity therein as it is one of the best scuba diving spots in the world and it also features a huge variety of aquatic fauna like turtles, sharks, whales, and But there are some diving sites which just can’t be missed, like Para Gala, Medhufaru, Barracuda Reef, Battery Barge and much more. You can expect the average depth of these sites to be around 30 to 57 meters. There’s more, you will be able to view a lot of wrecks and other interesting stuff in here. Scuba diving can be done throughout the year in here.
  • Try out the Tea and Herb Tour: Known for its variety of teas, Colombo is covered with a green canopy of tea plantations which deserve individual tours of their own. The air is infused with the aroma of the herbs and teas, and if you love tea, then this tour will be heaven for you. You will be able to visit various plantations which are at 1500 m above the sea level. The best part is that you will be able to even taste the various brands of tea. But apart from that,you will get to know the differences between the flavours and the price ranges as well.
  • Ride in a Tuk-Tuk: Don’t miss out on the opportunity to travel toa tuk-tuk which is a three-wheeled vehicle, that is quite similar to autos in India. These tuk-tuks are available all over the city and if you are able to pair up with a friendly and knowledgeable driver then you can get a good tour of the city from there. But there’s one thing which you must remember while riding in one- go by the local meter rates to avoid being scammed.
  • Socialize in Galle Face Green: This is an open space which is situated right in the middle of Galle Road and the Indian ocean. Built in 1859, this place has a lot of vendors who come on to sell bubbles and toys to kids. If you want tosocialize and get to know more about the local culture, then hanging out here will be beneficial.

Colombo is a city of varied interests and where people from different walks of life will find something to fascinate over. Located beside the sea, this city will also carve a place inside your heart.