Essential Information about Colombo
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Essential Information about Colombo
Colombo is not only the capital of Sri Lanka but is also the main port and largest city of the country. Being the most important financial and commercial center, the bustling metropolis is an awesome amalgamation of new and old. The blend of the modern vivaciousness of the city and the bygone era’s lazy charm attracts thousands of tourists every year making it an ideal destination for a vacation in Sri Lanka. The tourists and travelers get to enjoy the majestic forts, awesome markets, luxurious hotels, Buddha and Hindu temples, churches, zoos, museums, and a lot more. The important colombo facts will actually help you make your trip a memorable one.
It is recommended to carry a tourist map of Colombo so that the traveler can get a detailed look at every nook and corner of the city. With it, he can have a proper direction and guidance for reaching any tourist destination. The tourist guides are also available at hand that can not only guide the tourists to visit the major attractions in the city. The official website of Colombo tourism can also provide the tourists with a lot of help and guidance.
Stay in Colombo
Colombo can be visited all throughout the year. The months of September and June experience a lot of rainfall. This period is generally avoided by the travelers. The months of January to March have bright sunshine attracting many tourists to the Duruthu Perahera Festival that is held during that time. Although only a few tourists frequent the city during the monsoons, it is one of the greatest times to enjoy the natural beauty of the place. Being the offseason, the tourists can also get cheap deals on flights, hotels and other accommodations. November and December are probably the best time to visit the place as one can get bathed in the winter sun enjoying the sightseeing and outdoor activities.
The main airport of Sri Lanka- Bandaranaike International Airport is located at Katunayake which is 30 km north of Colombo and one gets a lot of places to visit near the airport. The travelers can enjoy the various facilities at the airport with the lounges, wi-fi and airport hotels for the ones who wish to stay overnight. It has two terminals for domestic and international flights individually.
Colombo has a rich cultural heritage and people from various religions, race and culture reside together. The Royal Colombo Golf Club has been attracting golfers for a century. The City Tour helps one to get the real charm of the place with some awesome seafood and last minute shopping as it has some of the most famous International and Designer Brands. The nightlife of Colombo with casinos and clubs are also a must try out for every traveler.
Food in Colombo
The cuisine of Sri Lanka has achieved a global popularity due to the fiery blend of rich flavors, creamy curries, unique textures, and spices. One can experience the exotic dishes in Colombo along with the street food which also attracts many. Some of the dishes that the tourists love are samosas, kottu roti, egg hoppers, seafood, Pani Pol, dal curry and woodapple.
Language and Festivals in Colombo
A number of languages are spoken in Sri Lanka and Colombo like Dravidian, Indo-Aryan. The official language of the country is Sinhalese as well as Tamil. English is also used as a means of communication. Some of the festivals that reflect the tradition and culture of Sri Lanka and are enjoyed by the tourists are Duruthu Poya, Thai Pongal, Maha Shivaratri, Mardin Poya, Good Friday, Diwali, Navarathri, Kotte Raja Maha Vihara Perahera etc.
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Nagrajan's 5 days trip to ColomboHi First of Thanks to Travel Triangle - Relax Lanka for this Srilanka Trip - their are some CONS AND PROS- First of all thanks to Driver /Guide Mr. Sanjay he was amazing person - and was very help full throughout the Tour pros :- All the hotels was very Good and luxurious - and in all the hotels dinner was their so didn't faced any problem of food Cons : we have paid 35K for two person thats ok - but for the all the activities we had to pay the Extra charges - 1. like elephant safari - we paid : 3KINR which was not at all worth you can just see some 4 elephants 2.. Madhu River we have paid 60$ for two person for just a ride of 1hours - Again it was not worth - when we checked in the NET it was just 400RS person - We feel like we have been cheated 3. tortoise watching _ we paid 2K INR - again its just a small house hold person running the tortoise park -- not worth One more suggestion they ask for charges for everything- even before travelling we asked them about Corona Crisis they said its nothing over here we reached on 11th March and from 12th March Srilanka has started their to close many things - if they have informed about this we would postphoned our Trip - Even we have enquired about VISA - they have informed us that for indian citizen it is on Arrival - its was not at all True - before travelling we need to take online visa which compulsory and it is free for indian Citizen - But Relax lanka was asking for 20$ fee for visa if i want to take it from them -- it was good i done it from my side Would suggest instead of going to Srilanka - i would suggest plan for NORTH EAST - which is worth value for money
Krishnakumar's 9 days trip to ColomboSince our trip could not be completed due to corona restrictions, we were forced to return 2 days in advance . We had requested for proportionate refund but not received any response regarding the refund. Kindly consider and refund proportionately in all fairness. We are sure you will respond positively Bhaskar T Whatever covered during the trip was nice. We would like to continue you as our travel partner for all future travel
Priya's 7 days trip to ColomboSri Lanka Trip- Great service by Pearly Gates- Highly recommended- The Company's representative, Nimni, was in constant touch throughout the trip- Customised the trip based on our requirements- Timely responses and excellent private car, Al thought, Driver(Roshan) was was polite and humble but not very informed about places. Balanced Hotel selection , overall a great stay and experience.
Deepak's 7 days trip to ColomboGood hotels! Resourceful driver cum guide! My only issue is with the booking process. Travel triangle took 25 days to finalise my booking even though i was instantly getting back to them with updates/changes to my tour itinerary. I am otherwise completely satisfied with the trip.
Abhishek's 6 days trip to ColomboI missed my flight from chennai to colombo due to, your improper connecting flight scheduling, Indigo flight from Delhi to Chennai being delayed and due to reschedule of Indigo flight from 5:55am to 5:40am and by the time I reached the checkin gates were already closed.Due to which I have to book another flight from Chennai to Colombo on Sri lankan Airlines that costed me around Rs. 13794.There is no update from your side that what all are you doing to get my money reimbursed from Indigo because of missed flights as there was no fault of mine for the same and your travel agent told me that they are helpless and you your self need to talk to the Indigo Airlines. Secondly I need a complete distribution of my bills explaining me clearly my flights cost, travel cost, hotels and others which ideally should be done before payment even but I have not received it even after payments and even after my trip
Shashank's 6 days trip to ColomboI booked my trip through Udani and had great experience, Ravishi is spot on right from answering my queries to following up on the trip and post my trip. she is very polite and guided me well. on my Arrival i meet my drive and guide Ravi he is a amazing guy he has taken me to the nicest places to eat and explore. i will surely recommend Udani to the traveler and will soon be back to explore Srilanka further more. cheers. shashank
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Anil's 11 days trip to ColomboWe undertook 11 days tour of Sri Lanka from 29th Feb to 10th March 2020 and visited Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya, Mirissa, Bentota and Colombo. The entire tour was well planned by the travel agency and it was quite comfortable tour. Taxi driver with luxurious sedan was with us for the entire tour from day one and provided Sim card for connectivity and also worked as guide. We stayed for 2 days at certain places but no local sightseeing on the first day was arranged by the Agency. At some places food was not to our taste. In all tour was very satisfying and comfortable.
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Sree's 6 days trip to ColomboI had one of the best experience with SEEMAX Travels. I was on a vacation to Srilanka for 6 days with family and my friends family. Seemax travel arranged each and everything in an organized manner and every thing was up to the mark.Driver Rajakaruna was a very professional and amazing person. He picked up on time from the Airport and also helped us in exploring places in Srilanka. All the Hotels were awesome with all amenities, Food was really great and more than our expectation. They were able to cover all the places as per the itinerary which was requested by us. I would like to thank Dilshan and team for making this holiday an amazing experience. I would also want to recommend SEEMAX TRAVEL FOR YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE. It is one-stop for all your travel info at affordable prices. Seemax Travel is trustworthy.
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Aatish's 7 days trip to ColomboI tried my hands on Travel Triangle for the First time and i must say i was in good hands.
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Ieavinash's 6 days trip to ColomboCeyathra Destination had quoted the highest price (about 50-60 USD more) than its counterparts for a 6 day 7 night trip in March 2020. However, we stuck to Ceyathra because Gishan interacted personally and solved each and every query that we had before the trip. He was available 24*7 and was quick with responses and feedback. He showed amazing flexibility in making changes to the tour schedule and made sure we had a comfortable and fun filled experience. He and his driver Chitra had made sure that our 88 year old father who was travelling with us was comfortable too. Right from picking up at the Colombo airport, to dropping us back Ceyathra Destination offered immaculate service which came in form of Chatura the driver. Not only did he took personal care of all of us but also made sure we got the best Forex rates while buying the local currency. He not only drove us safely and showed us a number of places, but also went out of the way to get us good discounts. His wit came as a bonus for all of us. I recommend Ceyathra Destination to all those planning to travel to Sri Lanka ... Please be assured of personal care and promises will be kept. Thank you for reading ... Gishan can also be contacted on +94 76 804 8729 Climbing Sigriya rock, Dambulla caves, elephant safari, rafting, boat ride on bentota river and a swim on the beaches are not to be missed
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