Colombo is the key city and commercial hub of Sri Lanka, which is located on the southwest coast adjacent to the present capital city of Kotte. Colombo is derived from Sinhala name Kola-amba-thota which means "harbor with leafy mango trees". Colombo was known to Roman, Arab, and Chinese traders more than 2,000 years ago. Muslims settled there in the 8th century and controlled much of the trade between the Sinhalese kingdoms and the outside world.
Pettah is a shopping attraction where you can find some great bargains on merchandise. Here you can pick up some souvenirs and crafty items made by the locals. A great stop for those who love to shop.
The Zoological Gardens is a great place to view animals from Asia. See pandas, elephants, and other beautiful creatures that come from Asia. The perfect stop for the whole family.