Colombo,Srilanka

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Experience

Colombo is the largest city and the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. It is a busy and vibrant city.My First International Destination, Why Colombo will always remain special to me.

Colombo is divided into 15 zones

1/Fort Area 
This is the commercial area and is heavily congested. Fort railway station is the main railway station in Colombo, from which major inter-city trains depart. 

2/Slave Island 
This area is also a commercial area, with head-offices of many private sector enterprises located there, and has a major private hospital, Nawaloka in its zone. The Beira Lake forms the center of this zone. The town hall is also located in this area.
 

3/Kollupitiya 
This is both a commercial and residential zone, where many offices as well as trendy apartments and colonial day houses are located. Liberty Plaza is a major shopping complex that falls within this zone, as well as the Liberty theater.
 
4/Bambalapitiya 
This is a more residential area, though the main roads are lined with shops. Majestic City and Unity Plaza are the major shopping complexes in this area and are right on Galle Road. 

5/Havelock town and Kirulapone
This is also a more residential area, though there are many offices and shops in the zone. 

6/Wellawatte  
This is mainly a residential area with shops heavily lining the Galle Road. The market is known for its fresh vegetables and fruits. 

7/Cinnamon Garden 
This used to be the area where the richest used to live. While that trend might continue, most of the houses in this locale are quite old and Kollupitiya is currently considered the more trendy place with newer and modern apartments, that have every facility from swimming pools to gyms within the apartment complex. However, it manages to retain its atmosphere and there are nice tree lined avenues within this zone.
 

8/Borella  
A mixture of residential and commercial sections in this zone. An interesting private theatre that stages plays and other performances is located here and is called the Punchi Theatre. The cemetery is also located here and the British School located right next to it.

9/Dematagoda 
This is considered more of the suburb than central Colombo and the Baseline road goes through it. It has comparatively cheaper housing.

10/Maradana and Panchihawatte - This zone has the second main railway station in Colombo. Panchihawatte is more famous for vehicle spare parts shops that line the roads.

11/Pettah  
It is famous for its cheap, open market and the streets that have cheap but wider varieties of sarees. Very crowded.

12/Kochchikade 
Close to Pettah. Two famous landmarks in this area are the Ponnambalavaaneeswara temple and the St. Antony's church, both opposite each other.

13/Kotahena and Bloemendahl  
More known for its jewellery shops and saree shops, this area is a very congested area.

Colombo 14/Grandpass
Colombo 15/Mattakuliya



While the following are not considered within Colombo proper, they are the suburbs to the south of Colombo and are located pretty close to the center and have to be mentioned. They are listed here in the order that they come when moving from Colombo towards the south, along the Galle road.

Dehiwela
Mount Lavinia
Ratmalana
Moratuwa 


Colombo is generally more known for its shopping, rather than for its sights. However, it has some nice sites that are worth visiting.

Temples and churches

The Gangaramaya temple is an old buddhist temple that is worth visiting. So are the Ponnambalavaneeswara temple and St. Antony's church. In Colombo 2, there is an old mosque that is also worth visiting. 

Other Visits

National museum 
The museum is housed in a colonial building and is worth the visit, if you have lots of time to spend in the city.

Independence square
A pleasant square that is popular amongst joggers and evening strollers.
 
Colombo is the major shopping capital of the country.

Festivals

Esala Perahera 
This festival, also known as the "festival of the tooth", is a Buddhist celebration commemorating the day when a sacred tooth relic of Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka. Lavish parades are held during this event, with processions of elephants and local performers dressed in vibrantly colored celebratory clothing.

Wesak Festival (Buddha's Birthday) 
As a primarily Buddhist country, this is a widely celebrated event all over Sri Lanka. This event commemorates the birth, life, enlightenment, and death of Buddha. 
 
Deepavali Festival 
Sri Lanka also has a devout Hindu population, and the Deepavali Festival is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year for practicing Hindus in the region. Deepavali is also known as the "Festival of Lights", where many rituals take place in order to banish off all shadows from one’s house and life. 

Sinhalese and Tamil New Year (13 Apr 2014 - 14 Apr 2014) 
Although many in Sri Lanka also observe the Western New Year (Jan 1), the official new year, according to the local lunar calendar, is celebrated April 13-14th. This New Years holiday is celebrated by a variety of religious rituals 
 
Weather in Colombo has a tropical climate, meaning hot and humid weather year round. Temperatures average around 30 °C during the day and around 20 °C at night. February and March are the warmest months.
 
Srilanka is indeed one of the most cleanest cities I have visited with smiling plesant poeple.
 
Picture Credit Wiki Media

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