Independence Square, Colombo

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Relax in the lush gardens surrounding Independence Square, right in the heart of Colombo. Paved pathways cross the square, offering an ideal space for taking a walk, jogging, and cycling. Opposite the square sits Memorial Hall, built in 1948 to celebrate the country's independence from British rule. Satisfy your shopping needs at the nearby mall, home to a vast array of various designer brands. Use our Colombo trip planner to visit Independence Square on your trip to Colombo, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • October 5, 2017
    It is hard to rate a location like the Independence square as the purpose of visit varies to each individual. Some come here to see the historical monument, some to kill time with their better half, s...  more »
  • October 5, 2017
    Best park for a run, with sand running path and also has outdoor equipment, chin up bars and a free gym "cubicle".  more »
  • October 5, 2017
    I followed to this place with a map from my hostel and I was pretty happy to be here after a tiring walk of thirty minutes in the heat that Colombo offers. There is a statue of the father of their nat...  more »

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Despite its relatively low cost of living, Colombo accommodations tend to be fairly pricey. Close to the sea and the lake, as well as near the city's parks and the plazas, hotels come in the form of old colonial buildings and ultra-modern high rises, with a decent selection of each to choose from. Budget-conscious travelers should pay attention to the short rental options in the town's more residential areas, or look for the smattering of simple, but serviceable options close to the main train stations, and on the side streets set back from the waterfront.
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