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Colombo is Sri Lanka's prime city. The official capital, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, is also within the urban area of Colombo, so Colombo is often called the capital of Sri Lanka as well. The city has a rich colonial heritage, and also some very scenic and popular attractions.

Top 20 Tours in Colombo

1. Casino Marina - Get Some Money Out Of Your Pocket

Opened in the year 2013, Casino Marina brought a revolution with it and has been getting great reviews since. It is said to be the first casino in Colombo , which has floors that are dedicated to particular sections of players. Like, out of the 4 floors, each is dedicated to different people like travelers, private parties, roulette sessions and also for regular card sessions. While playing in the place said to be a paradise for all gaming enthusiasts, you can also enjoy the beautiful views of the Indian Ocean. Casino Marina offers unlimited high-quality complimentary drinks and food during the whole day at the tables.

Location: It is located on Marine Drive in Colombo.
Timings: Open 24/7
Entry fee: None for Entry, 500-1000 SLR for buy-in.

2. Old Dutch Hospital - Buy Some Souvenirs
Built during the years 1681, this building is one of those which have persevered their charm for the centuries that have followed it. Originally it was constructed for the main purpose of giving medical help to the people who worked for the Dutch East India Company. Currently, a shopping complex but it served as a lot of places before being what it is today. Don’t miss out on visiting the Odels which are one of the most decent joints that sell high quality clothed and souvenirs.

Location: This shopping arcade is located in the Galle Fort area, at Hospital Street.
Timings: It is open from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on all days of the week.
Entry fee: Entry is free.

3. Day Tour - Explore, Eat, Relax, Repeat

This amazing tour will take you to the beautiful Highlands of the country and that includes Kandy, Pinnawala and Peradeniya. Get ready at 6 AM to be picked up from your hotels and explore the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which will be your first stop. These majestic creatures are a sight to behold but apart from just seeing them, you will also get to know about them. Then head over to the Royal botanical garden of Peradeniya to see the diverse flora which includes decorative, ornamental and medicinal flora as well. At Kandy, visit the Kandy View Point which will offer you a cultural show to enjoy. End with an exploration of the Sri Lankan Highlands and come back to your hotels by 5 PM itself. Also, while in Kandy, don’t forget to visit the popular Temple of the Tooth Relic.

Location: Pinnawala, Peradeniya, and Kandy from Colombo
Timings: Approximately 6 AM to 5 PM
Entry fee: NA

4. Arugam Bay Beach - Chill & Relax At The Beach
Located 320 km from Colombo, the Arugam Bay Beach will let you unleash your wild side. This is the best place to let go of the mundane and engage in adventure. A major surging point here is the surfing point called ‘Main Point’ which is located towards the South of the Bay. This thrilling adventurous spot in Colombo is also a relaxing place that will allow you to just lay back. The place is relatively free from inhabitation and is a great place to visit for those who want some peace and quiet. If you are hungry after your thrill-seeking activities, you can head over to the tsunami hotel for some amazing rice and curries or check out the Kumana National Park which is located nearby if you have some time on your hands. It is one of the most beautiful places in Colombo.

Location: Arugram
Timings: All-day
Entry fee: Entry is free of cost.

5. Traditional Puppet Art Museum - Enjoy Sri Lankan Culture
Puppet shows hold a lot of meaning and importance in Sri Lankan culture. So this museum is single handedly responsible for upholding a lot of the fold tradition and values of the island country even to this day. Keep note that the demand for these places is really high and so it is better to just book your seats as early as you can. Perfect for all age groups, it is sure to bring entertainment and joy to many. The way the artists manage to flaunt and work with their attractive and multi colored puppets is a sight to behold in itself.

Location: It is located at Dehiwala, in close proximity to the Galle.
Timings: The museum is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, all days of the week.
Entry fee: Approximate price begins from 50LKR per adult.

6. Old Galle Buck Lighthouse - Enjoy The Panoramic Views

Old Galle buck lighthouse is situated in close proximity to the Galle Face Green within the area of the Sri Lankan Navy. It offers solitude to those who want it and you can climb up to the rustic lighthouse and take in the panoramic visions of the crashing Indian Ocean as you feel the wind in your hair. Always head over here after 5 PM to get the best views as this place works its magic after sunset. It is one of the most famous Colombo visiting places.

Location: In close vicinity to the Galle Face Green, a popular sea face in Colombo.
Timings: The place is open to the public throughout the year.
Entry fee: Entry is free of cost.

7. Dehiwala Zoo - Meet the Animals

Operating since 1963, this Zoo is also known as the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka. The zoo was established with an aim to provide protection and shelter to a wide range of wild animals and birds. While here don’t miss out of the amazing performances by the sea lions, chimpanzees and elephants. Strolling around this exciting place whilst encountering different species is definitely one of the best things to do in Sri Lanka. There are also some of the most exotic varieties of fish, mammals, birds, reptiles and more.
The Zoo has been an active member of World Association of Zoos and Aquariums and it contributes breeding for being a part of animal exchange programs. It is certainly one of the most impressive places to visit in Sri Lanka as well. Try not to keep any other engagements when visiting this zoo.

Location: It is located at Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Dehiwala.
Timings: It is open from 8.30 AM to 6:00 PM on all days.
Entry fee: Starting from 100 LKR (For adults), 30 LKR (for Children), 500 LKR (For foreigner adults) and 100 LKR (for foreign children)

8. Mount Lavinia - Stay At A Heritage Hotel

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Mount Lavinia is a famous heritage hotel in Colombo there and it was a famous place in 1806. There are many different types of rooms available there but the ones with the ocean view are the best, although you will have to book early if you want the best of the lot. There are many wedding packages, sunset deals, national holiday deals and more which are offered as promotional deals but the hotel. Try to grab one of these to get the most out of this place. It is amongst the most beautiful places in Colombo

Location: Offering beautiful views of the Laccadive Sea, Mount Lavinia is located in close vicinity to the National Zoological Gardens.
Timings: Open Everyday
Price: Approximate price begins from 1000 LKR

9. Attidiya Bird Sanctuary - Ideal For Flora & Fauna Lovers

This is one of the only place in the entire city that is known for providing shelter to a minimum of 50 different species of birds. This includes both migratory and local birds. Here you will be able to witness a large number of butterflies, water monitors, insects and other types of birds. But what is sure to get your attention is the mud strewn paths of the sanctuary which adds to the rustic but natural charm of the place. You should also keep in mind that while the biodiversity of this place by any place near it but this place is complete with tonnes of mosquitoes so make sure to cover yourself up while visiting this place.

Location: At Boralesgamuwa in Colombo.
Timings: 9 pm throughout the day but early mornings and evenings are best to visit migratory birds. Visit between December and January to see the beautiful migratory birds.
Entry fee: Entry is free.

10. Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple - Gape At The Architecture

Your visit to Sri Lanka is not a complete one if you miss out on the great Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple. A sacred and a site of great significance to all the travellers and locals alike, this temple is an epitome of architectural brilliance, and is one of the most revered temples in Sri Lanka. Featuring the intricacy of Thai, Indian, and Chinese architecture in its design, the temple also houses a museum, and a library within the premises and is one of the top tourist places in Colombo.

Location: 61 Sri Jinarathana Road, Colombo
Timings: Monday to Sunday – 8 am to 8 pm
Entry Fee: 100 SLR or INR 42 per person

11. Viharamahadevi Park - Perfect For Recreational Activities

Comprising of a park, a zoo, waterfalls, picnic hotspots, walking trails, thrilling rides, and an unruffled statue of Buddha, Viharamahadevi Park is one of the must-visit places in Colombo for every traveler. Other than all the aforementioned activities, the park also features a library for travellers to relax and be all by themselves. Treating families, couples, and friends alike, make sure you don't miss out on this one when in Sri Lanka.

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Timings: Monday to Sunday – 7 am to 6 pm
Entry Fee: INR 10 per adult, INR 5 per child

12. Beira Lake - End The Day With A Romantic Sunset

Literally located in the heart of Colombos city centre, the Beira Lake stretches for about 1 mile and covers a good amount of about 160 acres of surface area. Once a reservoir and source of transport to trade goods within the country, Beira Lake today, is one of the most fascinating and fun places to visit in Colombo. Serving as a proud home for more than 140 years to the Colombo rowing club, travelers can very well indulge in birdwatching, boating, watching romantic sunsets, and more activities at the Beira Lake, on their next trip to Sri Lanka.

Location: 02 Colombo, Near Seema Malaka, Colombo
Timings: Monday to Sunday – 24 Hours
Entry Fee:

  • 300 SLR or INR 125 per person
  • No need to pay in case you've paid for the entry of Gangaramaya temple as the temple leads to the lak

13. National Museum Of Colombo - Admire The Art Collection

Founded by the former British Governor Sir William Henry Gregory of Ceylon which is how Sri Lanka was popularly known, the National Museum of Colombo showcases the works of renowned artists that portray the cultural heritage of the emerald nation. The museum exhibits 18th-century galleries which are full of intricate carvings, unique masks of demons, swords of the knights, and other art collections of local artists from the colonial era.

Location: Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo
Timings: Monday to Sunday – 9 am to 5 pm
Entry Fee: For Locals

  • INR 15 per child
  • INR 25 per adult

For Foreigners

  • INR 300 per child
  • INR 500 per adult 

14. Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque - Let Red & White Stripes Baffle You

The first thing that you will notice about the grand mosque of Jami Ul-Alfar is that of its candy-like red and white striped exterior. Designed and constructed by Habibu Labbe Saibu Labbe, Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque stands tall as a witness to the cultural gems of Sri Lanka, and as a perfect amalgamation of four unique styles of architecture – Indian, Gothic, Neo-classical, and Indo-Islamic architecture.

Location: No.228, Second Cross Street, 11, Colombo
Timings: Saturday to Thursday – 9 am to 5 pm
Entry fee: NA

15. The Independence Square - Historical Landmark Of Colombo

A historical landmark that witnesses the independence celebration of the Sri Lankan citizens from the British rule, Independence Memorial Hall or Independence Square is a must-visit for every traveller when in Sri Lanka. Located right in the heart of Cinnamon Gardens, cherish the importance of Independence Square which is where a new beginning of self-rule was embarked upon by the Government of Sri Lanka.

Location: 7, Independence Avenue, Colombo
Timings: Monday to Sunday – Open 24 Hours; Preferred Timings – 11 am to 7 pm
Entry fee: No entry fee

16. Galle Face Green - Explore The Shimmering Coastline

Once a line of fire for the army of Dutch, Galle Face Green is a marvellous open space and an urban park that allows the travelers to enjoy a massive space of the 12 acres, and a shimmering coastline of about 500 metres. Just like the Marine Drive in Mumbai and Kochi, this promenade is one of the best places to visit in Colombo for couples, friends, and families alike. Stroll on the beach, soak the goodness of the sun, meet new people, relish the local Sri Lankan cuisine, and much more at Galle Face Green.

Location: Galle Road, Colombo
Timings: Monday to Sunday – 24 Hours
Entry fee: NA

17. St. Lucia’s Cathedral - Pray For Everyone’s Well-Being

With a capacity of accommodating about 6000 people, St. Lucia’s Cathedral is one of the main parishes in the entire Sri Lanka which consists of only fifteen cathedrals. Dedicated to the patron saint of St. Lucy, St. Lucia’s Cathedral happens to be one of the oldest and the largest church that makes it one of the best places to visit in Colombo for every traveller.

Location: Kotahena, Colombo
Timings: Monday to Sunday – 5.30 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 7 pm
Entry Fee: Free

18. Colombo Dutch Museum - Know More About The History

Located right in the heart of Pettah market which is known for the best local shopping in Sri Lanka, the unique, and unusual-looking Dutch Museum, does come as a surprise to many travelers in Colombo. Having served as the mansion for the Dutch governor in the late 17th century, this is by far one of the best buildings that have been best preserved to showcase the charm of Dutch architecture.

Location: Prince Street, Pettah, Colombo
Timings: Tuesday to Saturday – 9 am to 5 pm; Closed on Sunday & Monday
Entry Fee:

  • INR 300 per child
  • INR 500 per adult

 

19. Bally’s Casino - Try Your Luck

Be it fine dining, accommodation & spa, table games, live betting, or non-stop entertainment, Ballys Casino is the place to be for those who want to enjoy the best nightlife in Sri Lanka. From live concerts to DJ nights, play poker through the night at the one and only Ballys Casino.

Location: 34 D. R. Wijewardena Mawatha, Colombo
Timings: Monday to Sunday – 24 hours
Entry Fee: No entry fees.
Playing Conditions:

  • The minimum duration for playing poker and table games is 8 hours per day
  • Minimum 750 Hands
  • Minimum bet of US $80 or INR 5,200
  • A maximum bet of US $400 or INR 26,000

18. Colombo Dutch Museum - Know More About The History

Located right in the heart of Pettah market which is known for the best local shopping in Sri Lanka, the unique, and unusual-looking Dutch Museum, does come as a surprise to many travelers in Colombo. Having served as the mansion for the Dutch governor in the late 17th century, this is by far one of the best buildings that have been best preserved to showcase the charm of Dutch architecture.

Location: Prince Street, Pettah, Colombo
Timings: Tuesday to Saturday – 9 am to 5 pm; Closed on Sunday & Monday
Entry Fee:

  • INR 300 per child
  • INR 500 per adult

20. Seema Malaka - Ideal For A Peaceful Getaway

Ever heard of an island temple- Offering the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, Seema Malaka is one of the few places to visit in Colombo for couples which exudes tropical charm. Designed by the renowned architect of Sri Lanka – Geoffrey Bawa, the Seema Malaka temple strikes a perfect balance between Indian, Chinese, Thai, and Sri Lankan architecture, that holds a greater significance in maintaining peace amongst all the cultures.

Location: Sir James Pieris Mawatha, Colombo
Timings: Monday to Sunday – 24 hours
Enty Fee: Free

 

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Royal Colombo Golf Club – Enjoy the Gentlemen’s Game

Royal Colombo Golf Club is one of the most distinguished places to see in Colombo. Enjoy playing a game of golf in one of the best golf clubs in the world. Whether you are an amateur or pro, it does not matter. All that matters is the experience. Make sure you follow the dress code if you plan to visit the golf course. If you are not much for a game, you could enjoy a sumptuous brunch in the restaurant. One of the best places to visit in Colombo, the ambience is amazing and the grounds are well-kept

Location: Model Farm Rd, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Timings: 6 AM – 11 PM
Entry Fee: INR 5,000 on Mon-Fri, INR 6035 on Sat-Sun

National Art Gallery – A Perfect Place for Art Lovers

The National Art Gallery is one of the best places to visit in Colombo to explore and know about the history, art and culture of Sri Lanka. The gallery displays hundreds of ancient and contemporary artworks. There are classical paintings and modern installations like statues and landscapes by local and young artists.

Location: 106 Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka
Timings: 9 am – 4 pm
Entry Fee: NA

Crow Island Beach Park – Newest Parks Of Colombo

Established in 2006, Crow Island Beach Park is one of the newest parks in Colombo. Spread across 17 acres of area, and has lush greenery, cycling tracks, walking paths, swings, a lake and shops. This is a great place to relax and spend some time with your family, friends or partner. There are several shops and restaurants in Colombo and the vicinity where you can head to, for some snacks. There is also a large deck facing the sea, that offers amazing views. If you are travelling with your spouse then there is no doubt in the fact that this Beach Park is one of the most beautiful places in Colombo.

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Timings: Open 24 hours
Entry Fee: Free

Slave Island – Former Prison

Slave Island is a former prison used by Dutch to keep the slaves. This is now one of the oldest building structures in the capital city and has been transformed into a major Colombo tourist attraction. It consists of a military base and a wonderful botanical garden. Located in the centre of Beira Lake, it is believed that during Dutch rule, crocodiles were released into the water to scare the prisoners from escaping. If you are in Colombo visiting places, then make sure you add this to your itinerary.

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Timings: NA
Entry Fee: NA

National Museum of Colombo - Admire The Art Collection

Founded by the former British Governor Sir William Henry Gregory of Ceylon which is how Sri Lanka was popularly known, the National Museum of Colombo showcases the works of renowned artists that portray the cultural heritage of the emerald nation. The museum exhibits 18th-century galleries which are full of intricate carvings, unique masks of demons, swords of the knights, and other art collections of local artists from the colonial era.

Location: Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo
Timings: Monday to Sunday – 9 am to 5 pm
Entry Fee: For Locals

  • INR 15 per child
  • INR 25 per adult

For Foreigners

  • INR 300 per child
  • INR 500 per adult

Viharamahadevi Park - Perfect for Recreational Activities

Comprising of a park, a zoo, waterfalls, picnic hotspots, walking trails, thrilling rides, and an unruffled statue of Buddha, Viharamahadevi Park is one of the must-visit places in Colombo for every traveler. Other than all the aforementioned activities, the park also features a library for travellers to relax and be all by themselves. Treating families, couples, and friends alike, make sure you don't miss out on this one when in Sri Lanka.

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Timings: Monday to Sunday – 7 am to 6 pm

Entry Fee: INR 10 per adult, INR 5 per child

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Barefoot – Get A Jazz-like Vibe

If you’re willing to know more about things to do in Colombo, then visiting barefoot should one of the top ones on your list. The place remains crowded with visitors almost throughout the year. The boutique offers a jazz-like vibe and has a beautiful range of unique garments that are handwoven. The place also has eatery facilities, where you will be provided authentic cuisines that have their own unique display of food delicacies, apart from the taste. The lovely garden-based café is a nice place to relax and a caramel latte.

Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM
Location: 704 Galle Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Entry Fee: Free

Sambodhi Chaithya

One of the most iconic tourist places in Colombo, Sambodhi Chaithya is a magnificent Buddhist stupa which is built in the shape of a space rocket! The stupa is supported by colossal twin arches, and the structure is visible even from the sea. All surrounding towers and skyscrapers dwarf in comparison with the 80-meters-tall stupa, which dominates the horizon. The temple is 11 storeys high and there are 258 steps to reach the top.

When you enter the dome, you can see a shrine with four statues of Lord Buddha in the middle of the floor. The dome is decorated with 31 murals which play out different scenes from Buddha’s life. The significance of Sambodhi Chaithya, both religious as well as aesthetic, attracts travellers from all over the country.

Timings: 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Location: Chaithya Road, Colombo 00100, Sri Lanka

Distance from Colombo bus stand: 2.5 km


National Art Gallery

Art meets culture at the beautiful National Art Gallery, making it one of the best attractions in Colombo. It is one of the finest art galleries in Sri Lanka, exhibiting a collection of statues, idols, portraits, and landscapes. It is the place to be if you want to explore Sri Lankan culture and heritage, both old as well as contemporary.

The National Art Gallery is also a great place to discover young talent and is frequented by several famous artists. The walls carry several hundred paintings and canvases you can admire for hours on end.

Timings: 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM. Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Location: 106 Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka

Distance from Colombo bus stand: 4.4 km


Arugam Bay Beach

If you’re looking to take a refreshing detour from the city and into the wild, Arugam Bay Beach is the place to be! The tropical paradise of Arugam is the ideal place to indulge in adventures, or even just to sit back and soak in the radiant sunlight. The Beach is free from the mindless city chatter and allows you the peace and quiet you need while keeping your adventurous spirit alive and it is one of the best relaxing places to visit in Colombo.

Pamper your taste buds with some lip-smacking rice and curries at the famous Tsunami Hotel after a thrilling surf ride. If you have enough time, a trip to the Kumana National Park is almost obligatory when traveling to Arugam Bay Beach.

Timings: Open 24 hours

Location: Arugam Bay Beach, Sri Lanka

Distance from Colombo bus stand: 340 km

Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil – Peace & Tranquility

Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil is one of the most religious and beautiful places in Colombo. A revered Hindu shrine, this temple is visited by devotees in huge numbers every day. Built with south granite, the architecture and aesthetics of the temple are simply mind-blowing. If you are visiting Sri Lanka in January, then you should take part in the Pongal celebrations here. Named after a martyr, the peaceful ambience and sweet fragrance of flowers and incense will instantly put you at ease.

Location: 38 Srimath Ramanathan Mawatha, Colombo 01300, Sri Lanka
Timings: 6:30 AM – 12 PM, 5:15-8 PM
Entry Fee: No entry fee

Old Parliament Building – Take A Plunge into The History

Now a residence of the Presidential Secretariat, the Old Parliament Building is reminiscent of the New-baroque architectural style. The building was constructed in the year 1930 and was announced as the Parliament of Sri Lanka in the year 1977. If you are a history buff and love to explore places that are connected to the history of a country. So, make sure that you include it in your itinerary as it is one of the best places to visit in Colombo.

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Timings: 11 am – 5 pm (Tuesday – Saturday), Closed on Sunday & Monday
Entry Fee: NA

World Trade Centre – Most Eco-Friendly Building

WTC twin-building is counted among the top tourist places in Colombo which is why it must be included in your itinerary. The building stands as tall as 152 meters and it has been presented with many awards, one of which includes energy-efficient management of the building. There is no doubt in the fact that it is one of the most eco-friendly business complexes in the whole of Sri Lanka and the most famous Colombo visiting places.

Location: Echelon Square, Sri Lanka
Timings: Open 24 hours
Entry Fee: NA

Pettah Floating Market – Shop on A Floating Platform

A trip to Sri Lanka in March is incomplete without a visit to the famous Pettah Floating Market which is one of the most sensational shopping places and comes in the best Colombo attractions. Earlier a swamp with some battered warehouses and dirty water, a brilliant architect named Thushari Kariyawasam converted into a marketplace. The place is always buzzing with vendors selling handicrafts, fresh fruits & vegetables, electronics, and jewellery. If you are looking for some beautiful shopping places to visit in Colombo, then make sure that you head to Pettah Floating Market.

Location: W E Bastian Mawatha, Colombo 01000, Sri Lanka
Timings: 8 am – 10:30 pm
Entry Fee: NA

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Colombo is arguably Sri Lanka's most popular tourist destination. The coastal city is a beautiful place to spend a couple of days just relaxing, indulging in the local food, and leisure activities. It has a good collection of attractions to serve just this purpose, like the Galle Face Green, the Beira Lake, and the Viharamahadevi Park, which are popular places for picnics and also for you to spend some quality time with your loved one. The city still has many structures from the colonial period and early history. Most of the museums you see today were once used by the colonial masters. Take for example the Dutch Museum, which was actually the residence of the Dutch Governor of Ceylon when it was first built. Even the Maritime Museum was once a Dutch prison. In Colombo you'll also find plenty of Buddhist temples, the most famous of these being the Gangaramaya, and the Kelaniya Raj Maha Vihara. Not just that, Colombo is a great place for you to shop for local handlooms, and when you're done with that, indulge in a variety of sea foods and local cuisine. Colombo makes for a beautiful escape to a picturesque coastal city.

People Also Ask About Colombo

  1. What is the best time to visit Colombo?

    Although it can be visited throughout the year, the best time to visit Colombo is in the dry season, lasting from January to March. The temperature recorded during these first three months of the year is 23 degrees Celsius to 28 degrees Celsius, making it ideal for exploration. Additionally, during these months, various festivals are celebrated in Colombo, such as Duruthu Poya, Thai Pongal, and even Sri Lanka’s Independence Day. The only exception to this otherwise perfect weather is during the rainy season, which lasts from May to October. April is the hottest month of the year with an average temperature of 28 degrees Celsius, and December is comparatively the coldest month of the year with an average of 25 degrees Celsius. May has been recorded as the wettest month of the year as it rains for most of the month with almost no dry day at all. Hence, it is usually not advised to travel to Colombo during its wet season.

  2. What is the best time to visit Colombo?

    Although it can be visited throughout the year, the best time to visit Colombo is in the dry season, lasting from January to March. The temperature recorded during these first three months of the year is 23 degrees Celsius to 28 degrees Celsius, making it ideal for exploration. Additionally, during these months, various festivals are celebrated in Colombo, such as Duruthu Poya, Thai Pongal, and even Sri Lanka’s Independence Day. The only exception to this otherwise perfect weather is during the rainy season, which lasts from May to October. April is the hottest month of the year with an average temperature of 28 degrees Celsius, and December is comparatively the coldest month of the year with an average of 25 degrees Celsius. May has been recorded as the wettest month of the year as it rains for most of the month with almost no dry day at all. Hence, it is usually not advised to travel to Colombo during its wet season.

  3. How to reach Colombo ?

    By Flight: Colombo doesn't have an international airport of its own. The main international airport of Sri Lanka is Katunayake, which is just more than an hour north of Colombo. Flights from all over the globe land here, from Europe, US, Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and Australia. The prime carrier is the national airline, Sri Lankan Airlines. Other international airlines such as Qatar, Malaysian, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific also operate the routes.

    By road: Sri Lanka currently has 3 expressways, with two more expected to be opened by 2017. Of these, 2 run to Colombo, one from the airport, and the other is 128km long and connects Colombo with a few towns.

    By train: Sri Lanka's railway line hasn't really developed all that much yet. Colombo's railway station is the at Fort, and trains run along the coastline to and from the city, with a few routes also going into the mainland.

    By bus: Buses are the most popular mode of transport in Sri Lanka. They are by far the most used form of transportation in the country. Lots of buses run to Colombo from nearby villages and cities.

     

  4. Night Life in Colombo ?

    Nightlife in Colombo will actually surprise you. Nightclubs and casinos are aplenty for you to have a good night out. Bally's is a famous casino in Colombo, and a favourite among the locals. The Loft Lounge Bar is a great place as well. Other places include Bellagio Casino, ZAZA Bar, and Rhythm and Bles Nightclub among many others.

  5. Things to Do in Colombo ?

    The place Colombo has a tinge of history that is attached to it and the heritage of this place is reflected in the colonial buildings along with the high-rise shopping malls.Bottom of Form

    City Tour of Colombo

    Colombo is the capital city of Sri Lanka and a city tour of Colombo is entirely warranted. There are endless sights to see in Colombo. There are incredible spas, beautiful natural parks and canals, romantic beaches, exotic restaurants, and brilliant shopping destinations.

    Enjoy Seafood on Mt. Lavinia Beach

    The very best seafood that Colombo has to offer is seafood on Mt. Lavinia Beach. Mount Lavinia Beach is located in the outskirts of Colombo city and this beautiful strip of sandy beach has a lot to offer.

    Enjoy Tuk Tuk Ride in Colombo

    Tuk-Tuks are a local form of transport in Colombo – a three-wheeled automobile that runs fast and weaves in and out of traffic easily. The best bit about these unique rides is that the Tuk-Tuk itself is a convertible. A Tuk-Tuk ride in Colombo is among the top things to do in Sri Lanka.

    Visit the Independence Memorial Hall in Colombo

    For the sheer historical value of it all, visit Independence Memorial Hall – a famous place to behold in Colombo. As is expected of any free country, any buildings and statues built in commemoration of their freedom struggle is a sight to behold.

    Have Fun at Leisure World Water Park in Colombo

    Everyone loves some good old fashioned water theme park rides and the fun at Leisure World Water Park never stops. With daring rides and top of the line safety protocols, Leisure World’s Water Park never ceases to amaze.

    Enjoy Shopping in Colombo

    While shopping in Colombo, Sri Lanka one should visit the Paradise Road, Good Market, and Majestic City are popular places to buy souvenirs. Colombo is the capital city of Sri Lanka and no tour of any capital city anywhere is complete without shopping in Pettah Market. Tourists can buy fresh produce, electronics, textiles.

    Spa Massages in Colombo

    With ancient Buddhist cities, elephant safaris, and unspoiled Indian Ocean beaches, Sri Lanka is a hot tourist destination. And thus, pampering your body and soul with a massage therapy in a spa in Colombo can be quite rejuvenating. After the sightseeing fatigue sets in, head to one of the best spas in Colombo for some instant.

    Visit St. Wolvendaal Church in Colombo

    One of the best Protestant Churches in Colombo is Wolvendaal Church. The best thing about this Church is its ambiance. Unlike other churches that exude a religious sparkle, St. Wolvendaal is actually eerie. With a surprisingly somber atmosphere and a sense of history, it absolutely makes sense to visit St. Wolvendaal Church.

  6. Local transport in Colombo ?

    Colombo is extensively connected by its vast public bus service. These are run by both private contractors and government bodies. The city is not very well connected by rail, with only a few train stations. The trains and buses however, are very crowded, especially during the peak hours. A lot of auto rickshaws run throughout the city as well.

  7. Where to eat at Colombo ?

    Colombo is a city that has all kinds of eateries from the very tempting street food to the fine dining restaurants. Some of the best street food can be found at the sea side, like at Galle Face Green. The Old Dutch Hospital is now restored and has a nice café, serving great food. The Arcade Independence Square has some fine eateries and fast food franchises.
    Some of the favourite local cuisines include shredded bread with meat and vegetables kottu roti, rice and curry and the milky delight Kiribaath. The orange coconut is a Sri Lankan speciality and drinking its water can refresh you from the hot atmosphere of Colombo.

  8. Where to Stay in Colombo for Sightseeing ?

    Luxury Hotels:

    • The luxe Cinnamon Grand Colombo is a destination resort with 14 restaurants, two gorgeous swimming pools, a spa, two fitness centers, and tennis courts. It is also located next to one of Colombo's best high-end shopping malls: Crescat Boulevard. The rooms and suites are generous in size and elegantly decorated. There is a pillow menu and 24-hour room service, and if you're traveling with the kids, interconnected rooms are available.
    • Taj Samudra Colombo faces the Indian Ocean in the heart of downtown Colombo. The rooms and suites come in a number of configurations, and many have ocean views. Interconnected rooms are available if you're traveling with kids. The property is actually very family friendly, with kids staying free and children's menus in the restaurants. Amenities include a swimming pool, fitness center, and spa. There is often live entertainment in one of the restaurants at night.
    • Another top 5-star choice in the heart of Colombo is The Kingsbury Hotel. Facing the sea, it has classic rooms and suites with a sea-green and white color scheme and glass window walls. There are interconnected room options for families. Amenities include a number of restaurants serving food from across the globe. There is also pool, fitness center, and a spa on-site.

    Mid-Range Hotels:

    • ME Colombo is a great mid-range choice. The design hotel in the middle of downtown features just 22 rooms all with elegant decor and fabulous views from giant windows. Amenities include an infinity swimming pool, a hot tub, restaurant, and a rooftop terrace with panoramic skyline views.
    • Another good-value choice is Marino Beach Colombo. The hotel has nearly 300 rooms and suites that are spacious and comfortable, and many have Indian Ocean views. One of the top amenities is the rooftop infinity pool that runs almost the entire length of the building with fantastic views. It also has a large hot tub. Other amenities feature a free breakfast, a restaurant, and a workout room.
    • Cinnamon Red Colombo is a centrally located hotel that is good value for money. It offers a mix of trendy rooms and suites with contemporary and colorful decor. Some have ocean views. All come with blackout curtains and are soundproofed. The infinity swimming pool here has fabulous city and ocean views. There is also a restaurant and workout room on-site.

    Budget Hotels:

    • City Beds The Regent offers soundproof rooms that are spacious and tidy and even have a little bit of style to them. The budget hotel is located near the Old Dutch Hospital Complex. There is a shared kitchen if you want to cook for yourself. Other amenities include a 24-hour front desk, parking, and airport transport.
    • Another good budget choice is the Sapphire Hotel. It has colorful rooms including family rooms. Amenities include a swimming pool, a restaurant serving a complimentary breakfast, and free parking.
  9. What is the best time to visit Colombo ?

    Although it can be visited throughout the year, the best time to visit Colombo is in the dry season, lasting from January to March. The temperature recorded during these first three months of the year is 23 degrees Celsius to 28 degrees Celsius, making it ideal for exploration. Additionally, during these months, various festivals are celebrated in Colombo, such as Duruthu Poya, Thai Pongal, and even Sri Lanka’s Independence Day. The only exception to this otherwise perfect weather is during the rainy season, which lasts from May to October. April is the hottest month of the year with an average temperature of 28 degrees Celsius, and December is comparatively the coldest month of the year with an average of 25 degrees Celsius. May has been recorded as the wettest month of the year as it rains for most of the month with almost no dry day at all. Hence, it is usually not advised to travel to Colombo during its wet season.

  10. Which are the best beaches in Colombo?

    1. Mount Lavinia Beach: Mount Lavinia Beach is among the most popular beaches in Colombo among tourists. With a broad sandy shore and mesmerizing blue water of the Indian Ocean to dive into, tourists can have a great time sunbathing by the coast.

    2. Hikkaduwa Beach: With numerous luxurious hotels, resorts, and bars nearby, Hikkaduwa Beach is a preferred beach location in Colombo among tourists. The beach is popularly known for its 3-day beach festival that features DJ nights and lots more.

    3. Negombo Beach: Negombo Beach is generally preferred as a beach for tourists to laze around and relax by the shore. The beach is located away from the city hustle and houses many water sport activities like scuba diving, snorkelling, kite surfing, and more.

    4. Unawatuna Beach: Unawatuna Beach is popularly known as one of the most beautiful seaside towns in Colombo. Surrounded by shops to purchase handicrafts and souvenirs, Unawatuna Beach gives a stunning view of the ocean to visitors. People can also observe animals like sea turtles by the shore early in the morning.

  11. Food in Kandy ?

    The food in Kandy, as it is in all other parts of Sri Lanka, is heavily influenced by its neighbors in South India and South-East of Asia and has also incorporated continental tastes from the colonial times. Along with a delicious variety of sea food and tropical fruits, you will not find it difficult to find food that you love in Kandy. While the staple food of the country, rice and curry is easily available, don't underestimate it for being mundane. Among the more popular street food is hoppers, a sort of fermented bread that is often flavored with sweet or spicy ingredients. The main street of Kandy is lined with food stalls where you can find a variety of such things. Kottu is another popular dish which has shredded bread fried usually with egg or cheese.