The name “Colombo”, first introduced by the Portuguese in 1505, is believed to be derived from the classical Sinhalese name Kolon thota, meaning “port on the river Kelani”. It has also been suggested that the name may be derived from the Sinhalese name Kola-amba-thota which means “harbour with leafy mango trees”. Due to its large harbour and its strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, Colombo was known to ancient traders 2,000 years ago. However, it was only made the capital of the island when Sri Lanka was ceded to the British Empire in 1815. Its status as capital was retained when the nation became independent in 1948.
70 years later, Colombo has become “The commercial hub” of Sri Lanka, with the total population upto one million. Mixed with the traditional and high end skyscrapers spread across, it has become island’s largest city. Catching up with the developments and infrastructures, the go to places would be, Galle Face Green, Viharamahadevi Park, Beira lake, Planetarium, University of Colombo, Colombo Racecourse, Mount Lavinia beach, Nelum Pokuna Theatre and the National Museum representing the multiethnic of the country.