ColomboSri Lanka

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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

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Cinnamon Gardens

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area 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.

Cinnamon Gardens
Kollupitiya, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Kollupitiya

4/5Very Good!(114 area 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.

Kollupitiya
Fort, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Fort

4/5Very Good!(36 area 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.

Fort
Bambalapitiya, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Bambalapitiya

If you're spending some time in Bambalapitiya, Bellagio Casino and Majestic City are top sights worth seeing.

Bambalapitiya
Colombo 04, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Colombo 04

4/5Very Good!(9 area reviews)

While Colombo 04 isn't home to many top sights, Majestic City and Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple are some notable places to visit nearby.

Colombo 04
Kirula, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Kirula

While Kirula isn't home to many top sights, Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple and Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall are some notable places to visit nearby.

Kirula

Top hotels in Colombo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Cinnamon Red Colombo
Cinnamon Red Colombo
3.5 out of 5
59, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo
Rs4,491
per night
Feb 19 - Feb 20

Located in Kollupitiya, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Liberty Plaza, Colombo City Centre and Gangaramaya Temple. Sri Lanka National Museum and Galle ...

4.4/5Excellent! (837 reviews)

"One of the nicest hotels in Colombo, located centre of the city."…"

Reviewed on 30 Jan 2020

Cinnamon Red Colombo
Mövenpick Hotel Colombo
Mövenpick Hotel Colombo
5 out of 5
24 Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo, Western
Rs7,129
per night
Feb 24 - Feb 25

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! (284 reviews)

"Very comfortable, spacious, well equipped room with smoking room choice"…"

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2020

Mövenpick Hotel Colombo
Marino Beach Colombo
Marino Beach Colombo
5 out of 5
590 Marine Drive, Colombo, WP
Rs5,703
per night
Feb 19 - Feb 20

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! (300 reviews)

"Clean rooms Fast room service Friendly staff Helpful with loading and unloading baggage"…"

Reviewed on 8 Feb 2020

Marino Beach Colombo

Popular things to do in Colombo

Galle Face Green
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Galle Face Green

4/5(60 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Galle Face Green, a popular green space in Colombo. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque
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Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque

4/5(9 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Colombo with a stop at Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque. Amble around this culturally rich area's seaside or attend a sporting event.

Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall
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Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall

4/5(5 reviews)

Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall is just one of the places to see in Thimbirigasyaya, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Stroll along the seaside in this culturally rich area or visit its top-notch restaurants.

Reviews of Colombo

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Top Destination

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3 - Okay 15.748031496062993%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 30, 2020

Vibrant and very busy !!!!!!!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 30, 2020

Very clean city , litter free, good roads , disciplined traffic , people friendly and coutreous

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 26, 2020

I regularly visit Sri lanka and Colombo so am familier with the country.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 25, 2020

Beware of the jewellery shop opposite this hotel.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 8, 2020

Colombo has some great places to eat and is worth a stop especially if you stay in the Shangri-La!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jan 2, 2020

If i have to do it again i will stay shorter time there nothing much going on and too crowded and noisy