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Colombo

Travel Guide
Colombo

Colonial architecture, lavish temples, busy marketsand modern museums entertain by day, while bars and clubs light up the night inSri Lanka’s portside capital.

Sri Lanka’s capitalColombo offers views over the Laccadive Sea, historic architecture and amazingstreet food. There are museums, zoos and art galleries to explore and beaches ashort drive from the city centre.

If you want to get to knowthe heart of the city and its people, a visit to the markets is a must. Hereyou can try Kottu Roti, a local specialty made by stir-frying strips of rotibread with vegetables and meat. Wash it all down with a coconut juice.

Families shouldn’tmiss the elephant show at the National Zoological Gardens. There are alsomonkeys, hippos, Sri Lankan leopards and fishing cats to see here. Head to thezoo’s aquarium to admire an underwater wonderland, and spend some time in thetranquil Butterfly Garden.

Explore Colombo’slayered history with a tour of its architectural gems. Dutch colonial buildingslike the 18th-century Wolvendaal Church, with its carved wooden pews, stand incontrast to Buddhist temples. Visit Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, which hasgolden Buddha statues and paintings.

Join the locals whocome to relax at the Galle Face promenade, a green park close to the city andright on the water. Enjoy a picnic and take in sunsets over the Laccadive Sea.Stay for the night markets, where you can sample local delicacies such as salt-and chilli-covered mango.The weather intropical Colombo is mostly warm and sunny, except during monsoon season from Aprilto June and October to December, when there are regular bouts of heavy rain. Come outside these months to rent acar and visit the beautiful palm tree-lined beaches on the west coast of SriLanka north and south of the city.

Where to stay in Colombo

Marino Beach Colombo
Marino Beach Colombo
5 out of 5
590 Marine Drive, Colombo, WP
The price is Rs4,018 per night from 26 Jul to 26 Jul
Located in Bambalapitiya, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Marino Mall and Bellagio Casino. Galle Face Beach and Galle Face Green are also within ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (368 reviews)
"The room is spacious and clean. Wifi was fast. The service was great. The hotel extended us an upgrade and we enjoyed it."

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2021

Marino Beach Colombo
Shangri-La Colombo
Shangri-La Colombo
5 out of 5
1 Galle Face, Colombo
The price is Rs10,715 per night from 16 Aug to 16 Aug
Located in Colombo, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Galle Face Green, Bally's Casino and Pettah Market. Colombo City Centre ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (213 reviews)
Loved my stay at Shangrilla
"We like the friendly staff, comfortable room and the beautiful view. We were v happy with tight security 24/7. Toilet shower area tend to accumulate water. Perhaps during civil work, sloping was not done properly"

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020

Shangri-La Colombo
Mövenpick Hotel Colombo
Mövenpick Hotel Colombo
5 out of 5
24 Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo, Western
The price is Rs8,036 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is close to Liberty Plaza, United States Embassy Colombo and Galle Face Beach. Also nearby are Dutch Hospital Shopping ...
4.3/5Excellent! (319 reviews)
"Wonderful and accommodating staff; clean and spacious. Overall a great stay in a convenient location. Pool is on upper floor."

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

Mövenpick Hotel Colombo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Comilla Bungalow
Comilla Bungalow
2.5 out of 5
76/5,Comilla Estate Road, Indrugalle, Dompe
Situated in Wathurugama, this villa is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Wathurugama Buddhist Temple and within 6 miles (10 km) of Kirindiwela Temple and Kirindiwela Central ...
Comilla Bungalow
My Villa Airport
My Villa Airport
2.5 out of 5
100, Big City, Airport Road, Andiamabalama, Minuwangoda, Western Province
1/5 (1 review)
"Worst experience... The best part is after booking the hotel and after reaching his premises there is nobody to open the doors. And I came back."

Reviewed on 31 May 2019

My Villa Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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