Colonial architecture, lavish temples, busy markets,and modern museums entertain by day, while bars and clubs light up the night in,Sri 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

Kollupitiya
Kollupitiya, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Kollupitiya

Known for Sunsets, Bars, Friendly People

4.5/5(77 reviews)

The ample dining options and beautiful seaside views are top of the list for many visitors to Kollupitiya. A stop by Galle Face Beach or Galle Face Green might round out your trip.

Colombo 10
Colombo 10, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Colombo 10

1/5(1 review)

If you're spending some time in Colombo 10, R. Premadasa Stadium and Bally's Casino are top sights worth seeing.

Cinnamon Gardens
Colombo which includes a high-rise building, general coastal views and a city

Cinnamon Gardens

Known for Sports, Museums, Football

4.5/5(3 reviews)

You'll enjoy the museums and gardens in Cinnamon Gardens. You might want to make time for a stop at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall or Sri Lanka National Museum.

Fort
Fort, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Fort

Known for Temples, Cathedrals, Churches

4.5/5(24 reviews)

Fort is noteworthy for its historical sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Bally's Casino and Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct.

Colombo 04
Colombo 04, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Colombo 04

4/5(8 reviews)

When in Colombo 04, you can plan a visit to Majestic City and Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Colombo 07
Colombo which includes a high-rise building, general coastal views and a city

Colombo 07

4/5(1 review)

If you're spending some time in Colombo 07, Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall and Sri Lanka National Museum are top sights worth seeing.

Top hotels in Colombo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Marino Beach Colombo
Marino Beach Colombo
5 out of 5
590 Marine Drive, Colombo, WP
Rs4,666
per night
19 Nov-20 Nov

Located in Kollupitiya, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Marino Mall, Galle Face Beach, and Galle Face Green. Casino Marina Colombo and Bellagio Casino ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (226 reviews)

"Absolutely amazing hotel. The staff were all so friendly and helpful. The hotel's security is high which increased our feelings of safety. The room was absolutely stunning. Breakfast the next morning was wonderful. This place is so beautiful. I highly recommend the hotel and Sri Lanka. Beautiful ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2019

Marino Beach Colombo
Mövenpick Hotel Colombo
Mövenpick Hotel Colombo
5 out of 5
24 Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo, Western
Rs6,461
per night
22 Nov-23 Nov

This luxury hotel is located in Colombo (Kollupitiya), close to Liberty Plaza, United States Embassy Colombo and Galle Face Beach. Also nearby are Dutch Hospital ...

4.3/5Excellent! (267 reviews)

"Excellent hotel Clean Super customer service Will reuse it if needed"…"

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2019

Mövenpick Hotel Colombo
Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo
Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo
5 out of 5
1 Centre Road, Galle Face, Colombo
Rs10,338
per night
13 Dec-14 Dec

Located in Kollupitiya, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of High Commission of India, Galle Face Green and Galle Face Beach. Pettah Market is 1.8 mi ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (171 reviews)

"The lobby is grand and the rooms are fab. Staff is friendly and super helpful. The only thing I can fault is that there was no full length mirror in the room."…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo