Erected in the year 1953, the Independence Memorial Hall is one of the most popular tourist places in Colombo. Built as a tribute to the nation’s independence from British rule, the hall annually hosts the Independence Day celebrations along with various other national events. Sitting right in the…
The most iconic site in Colombo, Independence Memorial Hall is a national monument in Sri Lanka built for the commemoration of the independence of Sri Lanka from the British rule.
Independence Square remains one of the nicest places to relax in Colombo, especially in the evenings. In addition to the memorial hall itself, there's also the huge sprawling green lawn outside, the memorial museum, the Arcade next door, and even hoppers at Walkers' Cafe.
Square with a statue-topped fountain Square in front of Independence Memorial Hall featuring a fountain topped by a statue.
“The official City park of Colombo, worth a visit if you want to squeeze in a few bits of nature and fresh air.”
“The Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara or Kelaniya Temple is a Buddhist temple in Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, seven miles from Colombo. The Chief Incumbent (Chief Priest) is Venerable Professor Kollupitiye Mahinda Sangharakkhitha Thera. The temple has often been associated with the rise and fall of Ceylon / Sri Lanka, with the popular saying that as the Kelaniya temple rose, Sri Lanka rose and as it fell, the country and its administration fell. It has thus had a deep association with the political powers of the country. ”
“Located in front of the beach. Ideal place to have a picnic. Best time is around 5pm to see Sunset. Street food stalls with authentic Sri Lankan food.”
“Originally the home of Count Carl Van Ranzow, this colonial Dutch town house was built in the latter part of the 17th century. The era's unique architectural features and artefacts are displayed here.”
“Founded in 1936. The Zoo houses 72 species of Mammals, 65 species of Birds, 31 species of Reptiles, 89 species of fish, 3 families of Amphibians and 30 species of Butterflies etc. Annually, over one and half million local and foreign tourists visit the Zoo.”