Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That heritage is reflected in its its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls. The imposing Colombo National Museum, dedicated to Sri Lankan history, borders sprawling Viharamahadevi Park and its giant Buddha.
The very modern and vibrant city is full of hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. From buildings and sites heavily influenced by Dutch and English architecture to historic temples that offer tranquility and peace of mind within the hustle and bustle of the city.