Colombo

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The capital of Sri Lanka is an amazing reflection of the contrasts that this country is characterised by. In the past, Colombo was merely the starting or end point of Sri Lankan adventures, today, however, its increasingly developed cosmopolitan side offers stylish restaurants, galleries and shops that entice visitors to stay here for a while.

Weather averages in October

  • Day 30°C
  • Night 25°C
  • Rain 16

The capital of Sri Lanka is an amazing reflection of the contrasts that this country is characterised by. In the past, Colombo was merely the starting or end point of Sri Lankan adventures, today, however, its increasingly developed cosmopolitan side offers stylish restaurants, galleries and shops that entice visitors to stay here for a while.

Weather averages in October

  • Day 30°C
  • Night 25°C
  • Rain 16

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City of contrasts

Colombo grew around a fort built by the Portuguese when they arrived on the island in the early 16th century. In 1815 Colombo was declared the capital of then Ceylon, and is today a modern city with a population of about 3 million, stretching along 60 km of the coastline. The city displays a fascinating contrast between the colonial and modern and features several attractive sights if you let yourself be drawn by it.

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To feel the real pulse of the city, stroll through its bustling street markets, overflowing with fragrant spices, colourful silk, cotton and fresh fruit and vegetables. Discover the multi-ethnic heritage of Colombo and be enchanted by its churches, mosques and temples, often located on the same street, as well as sights such as the Fort Railway Station, Red Mosque and Khan Clock Tower. The inviting street food in Colombo entices visitors to sample local dishes and indulge in the images, sounds and smells of the Pettah Bazaar.

To feel the real pulse of the city, stroll through its bustling street markets, overflowing with fragrant spices, colourful silk, cotton and fresh fruit and vegetables.

Tea forms an important part of Sri Lankan culture. Get to know its culture, customs and history and try different blends of this important beverage. Join a cooking class and learn how the precious spices raise ordinary dishes to a whole new level. The hospitable locals will also be happy to open the doors of their home and organize an unforgettable private cooking course for you.

Sights in Colombo

1 Galle Face Green park

Galle Face Green

A wonderful urban park, which stretches along the coast.

2 NationalMuseum

National Museum

Sri Lanka’s national museum of natural history, established in 1877.

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Pettah Market

An open market in the suburb of Pettah, offering all sorts of local culinary treats.

4 TempeljGangaramaya

Gangaramaya Temple

The ancient temple is a mixture of modern architecture and cultural heritage.

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Beira Lake

A lake in the centre of Colombo, surrounded by many large businesses.

Airports

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Colombo Bandaranaike

Bandaranaike International Airport, also known as Katunayake Airport or Colombo Airport, is Sri Lanka’s largest airport. It is located in Negombo, 32.5 kilometres from the Sri Lankan capital Colombo. You can travel to Colombo by taxi, bus or rental car. The bus ride to the Central Station takes about 25 minutes.

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