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Colombo, the vibrant and bustling capital city of Sri Lanka, is the one destination that blends the island’s treasured and authentic heritage with soaring skyscrapers and world-class shopping malls.
When visiting Sri Lanka, you’ll land into Colombo’s airport so it’s easy to either make the city your first or last stop of your fantastic itinerary. Colombo sits along the west coast of the island, and is a city of stark contrasts, don’t be surprised to find high-rise buildings sharing space with tiny specialist stores and mouth-watering food outlets - all of which adds to the charm of the destination.
A holiday in Sri Lanka isn’t complete without a stop in Colombo, as it’s a great base for many sights and experiences. Colombo is home to a beautiful park, a nearby water park and endless markets and restaurants. Colombo is also home to a great selection of boutique and luxury hotels that put you in the best locations possible to enjoy everything that the city has to offer.
We recommend pairing Sri Lanka with a luxury beach holiday to the Maldives. Experience the very best of culture & safaris with white beaches & overwater villas. Sri Lanka is home to so many incredible destinations and there's so many different ways to explore the island, depending on what you would like to see and do!
Colombo is a year-round destination which is great to visit at any point in the year. The only time the city experiences the monsoon season is between June and September, but Sri Lanka benefits greatly from the rain and keeps the landscape lush and green.
Newlywed’s looking for an unforgettable Sri Lanka honeymoon will undoubtedly find Colombo on their itinerary, simply because they’ll be landing there! Colombo offers so much to do and see either at the beginning or end of a luxury Sri Lanka honeymoon itinerary, and the airport operates flights to the Maldives which is just 1-hour away; a perfect pairing! Colombo is also home to a great selection of luxury boutique hotels that offer seclusion from the bustling streets of the city.
Couples hoping to plan a fantastic Sri Lanka luxury holiday will undoubtedly find themselves in Colombo either at the beginning or end of their trip, as they’ll be landing there. This fascinating city is a great base for a lot of sightseeing, temples and trying all different kinds of mouth-watering Sri Lankan dishes. From Colombo you can make the journey to the incredible Cultural Triangle and soak up Sri Lanka’s rich history, or head south to Yala for some of the best safari experiences in the world.
Those planning a fun-filled Sri Lanka family holiday will love spending a couple of days in Colombo. This incredible city is home to plenty of sights and experiences that are guaranteed to keep every member of the family entertained, including a beautiful park, museums, temples and so much more. Colombo also offers plenty of restaurants and food outlets that serve both authentic Sri Lankan cuisine and international favourites, ensuring both the daring and conservative diner is accommodated for.
Gangaramaya Temple is one of most sacred temples in the whole of Colombo, and also potentially the most interesting due to it displaying a unique mix of both modern design and cultural heritage.
This Buddhist temple draws inspiration architecturally from a wealth of different cultures and countries including Thai, Indian, Chinese and of course, Sri Lankan. It also houses an incredible collection of Buddha statues all sat in rows crossed legged, an excellent photo opportunity.
If you’ve left Colombo to last and you’ve realised you haven’t finished all of your shopping yet, don’t worry, you’re in the best place!
Colombo is home to some of the biggest and best shopping in the country; you’re bound to find everything and anything here. Head to the markets if you’re looking for unique Sri Lankan handicrafts and souvenirs, or make you way over to the spectacular department stores and shopping plazas for international and local fashion brands, high-end brands and home furnishings.
Known as the close relative of the rickshaw, be sure to set aside time for a trishaw ride around Colombo; just be sure to hold onto your hat!
A trishaw is another name for ‘cycle rickshaw’ which uses three wheels to pull along the passenger cart, and you’ll see them all over Colombo. Be sure to use them at least once, you might get addicted to the thrill of zipping all over the city!
Sri Lanka’s unique location has greatly benefitted the cuisine is much, with influences coming from both South East Asia and India.
Colombo is a great place to try a wealth of mouth-watering Sri Lankan dishes, we’ll let you in on some of our favourites! Kottu roti is an absolutely delicious dish that you’ll find both in the finest restaurants and the street food stands, it’s similar to fried rice but it uses a type of flat, crispy bread instead with spicy curry sauce. Another great dish is kukul mas curry, which is a delicious coconut-based chicken curry, and you cannot beat hoppers for breakfast; Sri Lanka’s answer to the pancake!
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