Colombo, Sri Lanka’s enigmatic coastal capital city, is a bustling metropolis that once functioned the main port for the Portuguese, Dutch and British. Colombo is a colorful tapestry of various cultures and is one of the best places to explore all of Sri Lanka’s history, from ancient Buddhist temples and stunning colonial architecture to the modern shops and art galleries that line the capital’s streets. Those seeking an exciting nightlife will welcome the wide range of bars and restaurants that have emerged in recent years, which cover a variety of international cuisine as well as offer traditional Sri Lankan delicacies. Wander round Colombo (or go on a tuk tuk tour) and see the historic, sea-facing Galle Face Green, a host of temples, churches, kovils and mosques, the tranquil Viharamahadevi Park, National Museum, Colombo Fort and various art galleries selling local pieces