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ColomboSri Lanka

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

Top hotels in Colombo

Marino Beach Colombo
Marino Beach Colombo
5 out of 5
590 Marine Drive, Colombo, WP
The price is Rs5,127 per night from 17 Dec to 18 Dec

Located in Kollupitiya, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Marino Mall and Bellagio Casino. Galle Face Beach and Galle Face Green are also within ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (366 reviews)
Best place ❤️

"Good services and best room facility"…"

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2020

Marino Beach Colombo
Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo
Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo
5 out of 5
1 Galle Face, Colombo
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs11,107 per night from 1 Dec to 2 Dec

Located in Kollupitiya, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Galle Face Green and Colombo City Centre. Gangaramaya Temple and Bally's Casino are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (212 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 Hotel, Colombo
Cinnamon Grand Colombo
Cinnamon Grand Colombo
5 out of 5
77, Galle Road, Colombo
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs7,664 per night from 1 Dec to 2 Dec

This family-friendly Colombo hotel is located by the ocean, within a 15-minute walk of United States Embassy Colombo, Galle Face Green and Nawaloka Hospital. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (646 reviews)

"Visited just at the beginning of lockdown/curfew procedures for the Coronavirus. The hotel coped amazingly with very few guests, consolidating areas as necessary. We still had amazing service under adversity."…"

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2020

Cinnamon Grand 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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Colombo

Go Outdoors Motor Home - Caravan Park
Go Outdoors Motor Home - Caravan Park
2 out of 5
82/1A, Stratford Avenue, Colombo 06, Colombo

Located in Wellawatte, this campsite is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Park Hospital and within 3 miles (5 km) of Mount Lavinia Beach and Bellagio Casino. New Delmon Hospital ...

Go Outdoors Motor Home - Caravan Park
Ocean Edge Suites & Hotel Colombo
Ocean Edge Suites & Hotel Colombo
4 out of 5
Marine Drive (Kollupitiya), 10th Lane, No.24, Colombo
The price is Rs3,792 per night from 30 Nov to 1 Dec

Located in Kollupitiya, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Marino Mall and Bellagio Casino. Galle Face Green and Galle Face Beach are also within ...

3.4/5 (79 reviews)
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"The hotel is definitely overpriced! Cleanliness lacks. basic amenities like faulty air con was a put off! However, mr tushaar was helpful to move us to a better room quickly. There were dead cockroaches here and there. Though the lobby is renovated, poor flooring and dirty worn out rugs in the room ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2020

Ocean Edge Suites & Hotel Colombo
Global Towers Hotel & Apartments
Global Towers Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
No.11 Station Avenue, (Colombo Plan Road), Colombo
The price is Rs2,401 per night from 7 Dec to 8 Dec

Located in Wellawatte, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from New Delmon Hospital and within 3 miles (5 km) of Bellagio Casino and Mount Lavinia Beach. Raux ...

3.6/5Good! (122 reviews)

"it was good"…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020

Global Towers Hotel & Apartments
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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Reviews of Colombo

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 37.404580152671755%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 43.51145038167939%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 16.793893129770993%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.5267175572519085%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.7633587786259542%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2020

Big, bustling city. Get out of it to see the rest of the country.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Feb 2020

A great city to explore and would recommend people go there before it gets too westernised!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Jan 2020

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

30 Jan 2020

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

26 Jan 2020

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

25 Jan 2020

Beware of the jewellery shop opposite this hotel.

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