Colombo

Travel Guide
Colombo
Colonial charm and Buddhist spirituality mix with beachside entertainment, bustling shopping districts and a love of cricket in Sri Lanka’s coastal capital.

Colombo is a showcase of Sri Lanka’s Asian and European heritage. It’s where the fast-paced chaos of the continent’s cities meets a lingering colonial ambiance and contemporary fashion. In Colombo, ancient religious shrines stand next to churches, and skyscrapers rise above time-honored shops. Pretty parks are a reminder of Colombo’s “Garden City of the East” nickname while beaches offer an introduction to the island’s 833-mile (1,340-kilometer) coastline.

Discover the spiritual serenity that exists amid the mayhem of the city streets at Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple and lakeside Seema Malaka Buddhist Temple. The contrasting Gothic Old Town Hall and neoclassical New Town Hall sit on the edge of gorgeous Viharamahadevi Park. Visit European-influenced churches, including the Dutch-built Wolvendaal Church, Portuguese St. Anthony’s Church and Scottish St. Andrew’s Church.

Browse art collections that date back to the 4th century B.C. at Colombo National Museum and learn about Dutch rule at the Dutch Period Museum. Ape Gama is an open-air folk museum that brings to life the customs of a Sri Lankan village via mock rural scenes. The elaborately decorated Independence Memorial Hall commemorates the nation breaking free from the British Empire.

Pettah is Colombo’s bustling shopping quarter, famous for traditional shops and markets such as Pettah Floating Market. Go to Arcade Independence Square and Crescat Boulevard for brand-name and upmarket fashion. Witness the city’s passion for cricket while attending a match at Premadasa International Cricket Stadium. Or, play a round of 18 holes at the immaculate Royal Colombo Golf Club.

Watch the sunset and snack on spicy street food during an evening stroll on Galle Green Face Promenade. Find an aquarium, beer garden and outdoor food court at Diyatha Uyana waterfront park. Mount Lavinia Beach boasts golden sand and chic seafront bars. Spot exotic animals at Dehiwala National Zoo and ride waterslides at Leisure World.

Reach Colombo by flying to Bandaranaike International Airport, located an hour’s drive from the city center. Get around the city via low-cost buses, trains and tuk-tuks.

Where to stay in Colombo

Cinnamon Red Colombo
Cinnamon Red Colombo
3.5 out of 5
59, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo, 03
The price is ₹4,268 per night from 4 Nov to 5 Nov
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Colombo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (909 reviews)
"The Red is a stylish hotel that is often at half the price of the grand. It does not have the shops, bars and restaurants of the grand but the roof bar is lovely and I won’t to be out in the town anyway. Great pool too"

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2022

Marino Beach Colombo
Marino Beach Colombo
5 out of 5
590 Marine Drive, Colombo, WP, 00300
The price is ₹5,299 per night from 6 Oct to 7 Oct
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Colombo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (494 reviews)
"Friendly staff and good service."

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2022

Shangri-La Colombo
Shangri-La Colombo
5 out of 5
1 Galle Face, Colombo, 00200
The price is ₹13,043 per night from 7 Oct to 8 Oct
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Colombo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (257 reviews)
"One of the best hotels that my family and I have stayed in. We have used a lot of different hotels throughout the world and Shangri La Colombo ranks one of the best we have stayed in. Even with all the difficulties SL is in now, the hotel staff saw to our comfort without any complaints. I salute ..."

Reviewed on 2 Jul 2022

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Halahouse Colombo
Halahouse Colombo
3.5 out of 5
7 Kothalawala Gardens, Colombo, 00400
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Colombo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a 24-hour business centre. Our guests praise the comfy beds in ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"The property is close to everything. Clean and good view of the ocean"

Reviewed on 16 Jun 2022

Unique Towers Luxury Boutique Suites
Unique Towers Luxury Boutique Suites
4 out of 5
No. 30, Hyde Park Corner, Colombo, 02
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Colombo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the bathrooms and the overall value ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (95 reviews)
"Really liked the spacious rooms but the stove was not working till my last day. Would have also liked a nice breakfast buffet included."

Reviewed on 16 Dec 2019

Ishq Colombo
Ishq Colombo
3 out of 5
17/2 Alfred Place, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka, Colombo, 00030
Stay at this 3-star villa in Colombo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a rooftop terrace. Popular attractions High Commission of Malaysia and Bellagio Casino ...
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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