Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo exudes culture and history, the atmosphere is exotic and exciting. Busy side streets overflow with fantastic colours and aromas, markets buzz with life and it's full of historical and architecturally beautiful forts and gardens. A couple of nights in Colombo is a great start or finish to any holiday in Sri Lanka.

Why visit Colombo in Sri Lanka

  • Sample delicious street food, choose exotic spices and meander through  market stalls
  • Spend time at Galle Face Green - the ideal spot to fly kites, walk the promenade and enjoy the sea views
  • Head for Paradise Road, a shopper's paradise where you can buy locally produced handicrafts and antiques
  • Take a guided walking tour through Colombo and visit the Fort and Pettah to experience the colonial architecture


Colombo offers a small taster of what Sri Lanka has to offer, including historical and cultural delights, beautiful beaches and fascinating people. It is a perfect for travellers wishing to learn more about this intriguing country. This relaxed coastal city has a colourful history that dates to the 5th century when Colombo’s small port was an important point of the east-west sea trade. It is now a mixture of ancient, colonial, and modern influences.

Hotels in Colombo

Our Sri Lanka experts have taken their pick of the best hotels in Colombo and we are proud to offer a varied selection from heritage boutique Maniumpathy to Casa Heliconia, a small hideaway hotel with just two bedrooms available.

Our Specialist 'must do'

Watch a cricket match at the Singalese Sports Club, considered the Lords of Sri Lanka. Venture out for dinner at the Old Dutch Hospital where you will find restaurants, shops, cafes and bars. 

When to Visit Colombo

Colombo and Sri Lanka in general are largely regarded as year-round destinations. We would suggest giving the south west of the island a miss between July and September due to this typically being monsoon season.

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