The Steuart by Citrus is surrounded by some of Colombo’s grandest buildings; Colonial buildings dating back to the Dutch empire to soaring modern skyscrapers. The Steuart by Citrus is nestled amongst iconic landmarks of Colombo such as the Dutch Hospital complex, Galle Face Green, the Colombo Harbour and the bustling city streets of Pettah. Being in Colombo’s limelight also means easy access to tourist sites in Colombo, The National Museum, Cricket grounds, historical temples and churches, lakes and parks, a tour of which the Hotel’s guest relations Manager will be obliged to organize.
Situated in Colombo 7, it is a must-visit place to experience Sri lanka’s inheritance of great rich history over a period of 2500 years. The Museum was established in 1877 by the Governor of Ceylon at that time; Sir William Henry Gregory. The museum holds many artifacts from different eras of much importance to Sri lanka such as the throne and the crowning of the Kandyan monarch. The Museum holds three main sections for Natural science, Cultural and library and natural section consists of four main sub sections as Entomology, Zoology, Botany and Geology. The Museum is opened daily from 9am to 5pm (excluding National and Public holidays)
Laid out in 1857 by then Governor Sir Henry Ward, the Galle Face Green is a popular spot for locals and foreigners to experience the beautiful Sri Lankan sun set, whilst indulging in other fun activities such as kite flying, cricket, nice walks along the green and even try the famous, mouthwatering, “isso wade”. The Galle Face Green is accessible at any time of the day or night.
The Gangaramaya temple, headed Galboda Gnanissara Thera, includes a library, museum and an extraordinarily eclectic array of bejewelled and gilded gifts presented by devotees and well-wishers over the years (plus one lonely and chained temple elephant named Ganga). Gangaramaya is the focus of the Navam Perahera on the February poya (full-moon) day each year. This is the centre for the most extravagant Vesak celebrations in Colombo.
The Old Colombo Dutch Hospital is considered to be the oldest building in the Colombo Fort area dating back to the Dutch colonial era in Sri Lanka. It is now a heritage building and a shopping and dining precinct. The Dutch Hospital is located right next to The Steuart by Citrus Hotel.
This glorious Catholic church stands tall with its rich history and architectural value – with the majesty of its dome, the gracefulness of its vault and its breathtaking stained glass windows. Established in 1760, this enormous cathedral lies in the Catholic heart of the Kotahena district. The biggest church in Sri Lanka has an exterior inspired by St Peter's in Rome. It can hold up to 5000 worshippers.
Founded over 130 years ago and being the second oldest Royal Golf Club outside the United Kingdom, a wide range of historic golf possessions is found available on display in the club house. The scenic landscape and a glimpse of the rare species of flora and fauna on the course all contribute to this countrified environment set within its 96 acre land. Holes - 18 holes | Length – 6560 Meters Black Tees, 6303 Meters White Tees, 5186 Meters Ladies Tees | Fairways - Buffalo Grass (Crab Grass) | Greens – Tifeagle | Practice Facilities - 20 Bay covered driving range.
This can be found just north of the Colombo Fort Railway Station in the heavily built up area called Pettah. In the late 1600's it was the Dutch East Indies Company VOC Governor's official residence in Colombo. It is one of the few building examples left standing from that period in history. You will find it at 95 Prince Street. It is very identifiable as it is a tall building painted white and has a row of classical columns holding up the red tiled roof facing the street. The Museum is opened daily, except on Friday, from 9am to 5pm.
In 1521 the Beira Lake was constructed by the Portuguese to protect Colombo Fort against inland invasions. The original Beira Lake was much bigger and it entirely encircled a land space, then becoming an island (Slave Island). Now Beira Lake consists of four parts, the biggest and smallest lakes are not easy accessible to the public, while the Beira Lake on the Sir James Peiris Mawatha is a pleasant place to relax. It is surrounded by a pedestrian way and a walk around the lake with its big trees is enjoyable. There are two islands situated in the lake, one is the water temple Sima Malakaya, designed by the most famous Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, a modern wooden pavilion, covered with a blue tiled roof and surrounded by a banister with Buddha statues. The silence of the lake makes it an excellent meditation place. Next to the water temple, connected by a suspension bridge, is Lover’s Island.
Colombo’s biggest park was originally called Victoria Park (after Queen Victoria) but was renamed in the 1950s after the mother of King Dutugemunu who is believed to be one of the greatest kings in the Sri Lankan history. It’s famous for its splendid flowering trees, which bloom in March, April and early May. The park has a huge Buddha statue, series of water fountains, a mini zoo and a children’s play area.
The Old Parliament Building is a home to presidential Secretariat of Sri Lanka. It is situated in Colombo fort facing the sea and is in close proximity to the President’s house, Colombo. The building houses the legislature of the island for over 53 years until the opening of New Parliament Complex at Sri Jayewardenepura in the year 1983. The building was designed by A. Woodson and was opened on January 29, 1930. The front garden of the Old Parliament building has hosted several bronze statues of eminent statesmen including Rt Hon D.S. Senanayake, the first prime minister of Ceylon, Honorable Dudley Senanayake and General Sir John Kotalawela- Prime minister of Ceylon.
Colombo has a buzzing scene, with chill-out bars, casinos if you want to try your hand at roulette or baccarat, or cool clubs where you can party until dawn. Start at &Co Pub and Kitchen – located at the lobby level of the Hotel.
These motorised three-wheeled chariots are the backbone of Sri Lankan transport – just remember to hang on for dear life! The experience is certainly one of a kind.
In Colombo, you can shop almost anywhere. But just to give you some assistance, here are a few places to visit for the best shopping experience in Colombo.