COLOMBO

POP: 752,993

GPS: 6.9271° N, 79.8612° E

AREA: 37.31 km²

CUR: SRI LANKAN RUPEE

Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That heritage is reflected in its its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls. The imposing Colombo National Museum, dedicated to Sri Lankan history, borders sprawling Viharamahadevi Park and its giant Buddha.