Colombo Commercial Hub of Sri Lanka

JUNE 22, 2016

Colombo Commercial Hub of Sri Lanka

Colombo, commercial hub and capital of Sri Lanka is throbbing city that reflects the trade culture of the past and showcases some hostoric colonial buildings. The city served as the principal seaport in the past and it continues to do so. But the historical sites replete with colonial architectural marvels and ruins constitute the major attractions drawing thousands of domestic and foreign travelers every year.

Colombo is situated on the east-west coast of Sri Lanka and its strategic position grabbed the attention of the traders some 2000 years ago. But the city grew to prominence in the 16th century when the Portuguese gained authority over the coastal line by offering to be its protector against invaders. The initial concern about trade security soon gave rise to a craving for colonial authority though. But then in the mid 17th century came the Dutch who evicted the Portuguese and took control of the city only to be replaced by the British in the late 18th century. It is during the British era that Colombo began to assume the shape it has today. Currently this urban city is the administrative and commercial center of Sri Lanka.

Tourists flock to the buoyant South Asian state to witness the wonderful Dutch Era and British era buildings. Then there is the Colombo Fort. The relatively new buildings epitomize the spirit of British and Dutch architecture but act as business houses.

Pettah is a famous Colombo market that attracts visitors for specialty wares. Sri Jayawardenapura and Galle Road are two busy locations as they house the New Parliament and the Old Parliament respectively. The other places of interest in Colombo include National Museum, Cinnamon Gardens, Dehiwala Zoo and Viharamahadevu Park. Colombo also boasts scores of Buddhist temples, historic churches and mosques.

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