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If there’s one building that dominates the ever-changing skyline of Colombo, it’s the Lotus Tower. Standing at 350 metres, it’s the tallest self-supported structure in South Asia and the city’s single most spectacular sight - you’d struggle to miss it even on an overcast day. A journey to the top isn’t for the faint-hearted, but the spectacular panoramic views make it more than worthwhile.
Though yet to be completed, the tower’s unique architectural design resembles a lotus flower - an important symbol of purity in Sri Lankan culture. A striking sight to behold, the structure seems to rise majestically from the murky waters of Beira Lake (perhaps another nod to the lotus flower symbol?). The glass petals are illuminated by ever-changing coloured lights while the mast is rendered a vivid shade of green.
The Lotus Tower has various uses, including TV and radio broadcasting, but the main draw (at least for curious tourists like yourself) is the revolving restaurant and observation deck. There’s shops, food courts, museums, banquet halls and hotel suites inside too, and plans are also in place for even more shopping centres and a water park. Once complete, it’ll be Sri Lanka’s - if not Asia’s - most impressive man-made wonder.
Of course, one of the main attractions of the Lotus Tower is the view from the top. Take the speedy lift up to the observation deck and marvel at the uninterrupted panoramas across the city. On a clear day, you can even see Adam’s Peak. If you really want to splash out, why not make a reservation in the revolving restaurant for an evening of wining and dining? Positioned on the top floor, it completes a 360° circuit every 90 minutes - now that’s what they call dinner with a view. Otherwise, indulge in some retail therapy in the high-end shops, or check out the museum.
If you’re not a fan of heights, don’t worry - the tower is equally impressive form the ground. It can be viewed from most places in the city, but a stroll around Beira Lake will ensure you get to see the magnificent structure up-close. Just don’t forget your camera - the tower’s pink and green reflection in the water’s surface makes a fantastic photo-op.
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