Within Fort are several places of tourist interest, which can be conveniently seen on foot.Pettah: Adjacent to Fort is Pettah-Colombo's leading bazaar district.Slave Island: On the south of Fort, is a long, narrow island-where the slaves had their night quarters-called Slave Island.
Among its exhibits are a vast collection of half a million books, more than 4000 archaic palm leaf manuscripts, rock sculptures from the ancient cities, bronze brassware and royal weapons of Sri Lankan kings, fascinating paintings of by gone eras and an excellent collection of antique demon masks.
The most interesting among the exhibits are the regalia of the Kandyan Kings dating back to the 17th century.
Mount Lavinia: Mount Lavinia is a beach just 12 km from Colombo.
It was a famous beach even during the colonial times.
Hindu Temples: There are several Hindu temples, which are called Kovils in Colombo.
In the Sea Street in Colombo are several Hindu temples, the Ganeshan, the Old Kathiresan and the New Kathiresan with their colourful Gopurams (doorways).
Colombo-the capital of Sri Lanka-is the largest city and main port of Sri Lanka.
It is also the commercial and financial center of Sri Lanka.
In 1991 Oetzi the "Ice Man" was discovered mummified in the Tyrolean Alps. Oetzi was recognized as a warrior and clearly had many skirmishes in battle and several injuries had resulted. The earliest maps of the world show it quite clearly, just off the tip of the Indian subcontinent, whereas China was unknown in the West.
What was remarkable was that there were marks on the body coinciding with known acupuncture points. Indeed there is a powerful myth that Sri Lanka was the original "Garden of Eden", from which innocent Man was expelled by an irate God!
It is a cogent and viable theory of my late friend and colleague Professor Doctor Sir Anton Jayasuriya that Sri Lanka may well have been there first; in fact centuries before the Chinese usurpers. The view that acupuncture "arrived", so to speak, with the classic Book of the Yellow Emperor (200- 400 BC), is clearly wrong. Moreover, Sri Lanka was the origin of much influential thought and substance.