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Tourism in Colombo

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About Colombo Tourism

Colombo tourism has everything. Visit the zoo and check out many species of fauna that you would not have known earlier. The Colombo travel guide offers some great destinations. The city is a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins of it. Sri Lanka was colonised by Portuguese and Britishers. The architecture here is reflective of its rich heritage. The city has many major attractions. Galle Face Green is located in the heart of the city. A beach along the Indian Ocean coast, many locals and tourists visit this place. Gangaramaya Temple is one of the oldest temples. It is a perfect mixture of Sri Lanka, Thai, Indian and Chinese architecture. The temple attracts a lot of visitors. Viharamahadevi Park is an urban park located in Colombo Sri Lanka.

Colombo is characterized by beaches, Buddhist temples, sprawling gardens, and historical landmarks. Colombo is the capital of Sri Lanka which is a very beautiful place. The capital is pretty clean and pleasant with many destinations to visit. Colombo is the city which offers many adventurous activities such as skydiving, surfing, diving and exploring the oceans deep inside and much more, hence Colombo tourism makes effort to develop the tourist activity in Colombo even better.

History of Colombo

Colombo was a trading port to Portuguese, British, and Dutch. In the 14th century, there was a traveler by the name of Ibn Battuta who visited Colombo and named it Kalanpu. Due to the location of Colombo and it being a port, Arabs started to settle in  Colombo for the purpose of trade. Since then, Colombo has gained a lot of popularity and is also one of the flourishing trading areas in Sri Lanka. 

Historical Places in Colombo

Colombo Fort Area: There is a lighthouse where you can climb and enjoy the nature’s amazing sight. There is actually no fort here, the city center is known as Fort Area.

Mount Lavinia: This residential neighborhood features some of the best spots to hang-out in the evening. The Mount Lavinia Beach is ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Also, watching the sunset views here one of the top things to do in Colombo.

National Museum of Colombo: It is Sri Lanka’s largest museum, and was built in 1876. A peaceful courtyard surrounds the beautiful building that covers the National Museum. It was founded by a British Governor of Sri Lanka. There are various statues and exhibits and some antique items that were owned by a known family of Sri Lanka.

Delhiwala Zoo: The National Zoo of Sri Lanka is one of the main places to visit in Colombo. It houses more than 300 species of animals within its area of 10 hectares.

Memorial Hall: In 1948, Sri Lanka got its independence from Britain. The statue of Sri Lanka’s first president The Father of the Nation is in front of this monument. There are regular religious events and celebrations which occur here. One can enjoy the peace as there is no such crowd on regular days.

Wander the Markets

Pettah Market: This market is a very popular place which is near to the Fort area. If you love shopping with Colombo sightseeing, this is the place for you. You can get some good items at a very good price. This is a good place to pass the time as you will also see any religious any religious building and this overall makes it a good-to-go place. Eat some delicious local street food.

Galle Face Green: Perhaps one of the most popular tourist places in Colombo, it is a cluster of green lawns very next to some narrow beaches. Wind flows really fast and a great place to walk at night. Initially, it was made by the Dutch for some war strategy, but now this place is considered as perfect for running, kite flying, playing cricket and football. You will see lots of couples out what can be more romantic than watching the sunset at a beach point. Have some great spicy Indian food.

Some Religious places

Vihar Mahadevi Park: The biggest park of Colombo is also an attraction. This is not only a park as you can also enjoy water slides, café, stalls, and large playground with a small aquarium. If you are travelling with your children, spend some quality time with your family or friends.

Gangaramaya Temple: Being the biggest temple of Buddha, it consists many buildings. You need some really good time as there are lots of things to see. There is Buddha made up of stone, silver, plastic, and gold. You can also donate one if you want to.

Shopping in Colombo

Shopping in Colombo can be enjoyed as there are so many amazing places to shop here. Some of the best things to buy from Colombo include handicrafts, handloom fabrics, jewelry and ceramics, leather products, antiques, and fine gems. Some of the best places for shopping here are:

Majestic City: This is a popular shopping mall in Colombo which is famous for buying of luxurious products. It is open every day from 09:00 am to 09:00 pm.

Paradise Road: If you are looking for souvenirs and affordable things to buy in Colombo, then we would suggest you go to Paradise Road for some amazing shopping experience in Colombo.

Arcade Independence Square: This is another great place for shopping in Colombo especially at night. There are so many branded stores here for a luxurious shopping experience. 

Nightlife in Colombo

Colombo being a metropolis is blessed with thrilling nightlife. Colombo tourism offers you with splendid nightlife experience. There are so many clubs, casinos and pubs here where people flock in large numbers to enjoy drinks and dance on the tunes to some of the famous songs. Playing casino is a famous activity in Colombo at night and therefore people in large number try their hands on this game to try out their luck. Also, you can visit Arcade Independence Square at night for shopping. 


At the center of the Sri Lanka, a huge lake named Beira serves its beauty. There is a small island in the middle of that lake. Some narrow canals connect the other lakes as well as with the Indian Ocean. The city has a rich colonial heritage. It is not the capital, but known as capital. Not only the beauty, it is a great place for shopping lovers. Enjoy the seafood in the Sri Lankan cuisine. It’s a great place and one must visit this place if he/she is traveling in Asia.

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  • Enjoy Shopping in Colombo

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How to Reach Colombo

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By Air

There are only a few international airports in Sri lanka. Ratmalana Airport is situated in Dehiwala- Mount Lavinia in Colombo. Another International Airport is Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake. It takes approximately an hour to reach Colombo from here. Flights to Southeast Asia, Europe, Australia, Middle East and Australia depart and arrive here. Flights like Air India, Spice Jet, Indigo, Jet Airways, Srilankan Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Vistara, Royal Nepal operate to and from Colombo. Domestic flights run from the above mentioned airports as well.

By Train

Fort railway station is served by Sri Lanka Railways. It is a major hub for many intercity and commuter trains. It serves as the terminus of many intercity trains Sri Lanka. Train schedules and fares can be checked online at the official website of Sri Lanka Railways.

By Road

Reaching Colombo from any Sri Lankan country is easy via bus or taxi. Taxi though takes less time but is expensive. A huge network of buses operates in and around the Colombo. The Central Bus Stand is an important stand from where all the buses depart and at which all of them arrive.

The intra city buses helps you to travel within the city. There are express buses as well. One can take Bus number 112 or 132 to reach Galle Face Green. Bus number 187 and 187-E3 will take you to Colombo Fort through the expressway giving you beautiful scenes of the city. One can easily locate the bus and the fare is relatively cheap. If you are coming from the Airport then you have to just walk few metres to reach to a bus. There are buses to almost every tourist attraction. Taxi is also easy to locate within the city.

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    • Trip to Colombo

      New Delhi (Delhi), India 227 The best ! Review of Pearly Gates Lanka Reviewed 2 days ago When I booked the tour through Pearly gates I was expecting good service, but ended up being totally overwhelmed by the experience I had with this company. I first contacted Nimni over phone and was happy at her prompt answers and friendly tone.I booked with her soley on the basis of what I could guage of her over conversations on phone.( Travel Triangle was the aggregator) She had promised me a good guide cum driver and a big van for the three of us (my husband, son and I ). Rikfy picked us up from my hotel first ( I was atteding an international conference) and then my family from the airport and the next seven days we spent in Paradise ! He was a careful driver, a wonderful guide and a true friend. Attentive at all times, smiling advising, he made our tour truly special. Behind all this was Nimni - calling us to find if everything was ok. They had booked good hotels, the travel by van was very comfortable but most important - the personal touch at every moment by Rikfy made everything special. On the last evening we ordered dinner at the restaurant in Hotel Ocean Colombo but when the food didnt come even after almost an hour we were very upset. We called Rikfy and though it was after 10.30 pm he came and took us to an Arabian restaurant. As some of us are diabetic this was a life saver !.I recommend Pearly gates to everybody if you want true service with a smile,and Nimni and Rikfy really make you feel at home in Sri Lanka !
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      MR DIPEN DATTA SUPRATIK DATTA Dr GOURI DATTA

      Delhi, 2 days ago

    • Trip to Colombo

      - Driver was not giving daily quota of water bottles regularly. One day even after reminding also, he did not give any water bottle. - Driver was supposed to take the guests to Gangaram temple in Colombo but they were not taken there, even after reminding. - river was mostly interested in taking the guests to those places where entry fee was exorbitantly high and was not worth visiting. - Driver did not give the SIM card on the first day after arrival. Upon reminding, he gave a SIM card which did not have any charge. People in India were not able to contact the guests as SIM card was not recharged and activated. Finally, I had to recharge the SIM card from India online and then only calls can be made. - Though breakfast was complimentary, guests were served different breakfast at Hotel Heaven Seven in Nuwara Eliya on 9th October. Hotel gave only idli and vada to the guests which is very unfortunate. So, overall, I would give 2.5 out of 5 in the rating.
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      Mahitosh Acharya

      Calcutta, 3 days ago

    • Trip to Colombo

      We traveled to Srilanka in the first week of October 2019. The arrangements from Lanka Reisen were excellent and as per our discussions before the trip. The vehicle provided to us was very comfortable. And our friendly chauffer/guide, Mr.Saman, made the trip enjoyable. We had multiple hotel bookings, which were all quite nice (though we would have liked a bigger room in Colombo..). Couple of small issues: Getting the vouchers before the trip needed some follow-up. Everything was arranged for sure, just that there was delay in sending the vouchers causing unnecessary anxiety. And there was a hitch during checking out from one of the hotels, due to some issue with payment. It got sorted out soon, but could have been easily avoided. But all in all, I had a pleasant experience and would recommend Lanka Reisen to others.
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      Ravi

      Bengaluru, 5 days ago

    • Trip to Colombo

      Colombo hotel could have been better as it is not a three star hotel Kandy was good
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      Arun Kumar Sankaralingam

      Chennai, 6 days ago

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      It was really pleasant & awesome stay in Sri Lanka. Many thanks to travel triangle, Nipuni from Overa Tours who suggested the best way & managed our requirement. Overa Tours is extremely professional and delivered to their commitment right from pick-up to the airport to all the bookings. What we required, the travel agent provided the best. Another part, Ganesh from Overa, who was as Guide with his Car, he is really a friendly nature person & take care of us. Initially I was thinking about safety in Sri Lanka, but Sri Lanka is really such a nice & Safe Place to visit. Vary Neat & Clean. I Visited Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya & at last but not least Colombo Tour. All was awesome. I appreciate Ganesh, he used to care our 3 years old Kid. My Kid also enjoyed his company with Ganesh. Thanks A lot Nipuni, Ganesh & Overa Tours Team Sri Lanka. I will recommend my friends for Sri Lanka Visit & Overa Tours. Thanks & Regards; Yogson Tembhre Chennai - India +91 8939306640 All historical places and service of Overa Tour agent, it was awesome and safe. Thanks
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      Yogson Tembhre

      Appaswamy mapleton access rd, 7 days ago

    • Trip to Colombo

      Lanka Reisen, a Colombo based travel agent gave a good response and hassle free arrangements during our tour. Thanks to Travel triangle to suggest a genuine travel agent. Great response from travel triangle as well. Thank alot. Really had a great time with my family in Sri Lanka. Had awesome and unforgettable memories. Special thanks to our tour guide Mr Chaminda from Sri Lanka and Naina from travel triangle.
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      Shruti Jaiswal

      Chennai, 7 days ago

    • Trip to Colombo

      We planned a 6 days trip to Sri Lanka covering the places Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Bentota, Galle and Colombo..The agent planned it really well to cover beautiful spots in and around these places..The cab and driver services were extra ordinary..Good hotels with fantastic view of beach/ocean/lake were provided..Special mention about driver - Hemantha Kumar Sir, he is so kind and humble, very joyful..it was lovely travelling with him.. Villa @69, Bentota The best place to holiday if you are a water lover...Cause it has beach right in front of the hotel, very good and spacious swimming pool and also various water sports near by..
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      Charanya Sivaraman

      Chennai, 8 days ago

    • Trip to Colombo

      We planned a 6 days trip to Sri Lanka covering the places Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Bentota, Galle and Colombo..The agent planned it really well to cover beautiful spots in and around these places..The cab and driver services were extra ordinary..Good hotels with fantastic view of beach/ocean/lake were provided..Special mention about driver - Hemantha Kumar Sir, he is so kind and humble, very joyful..it was lovely travelling with him.. Villa @69, Bentota The best place to holiday if you are a water lover...Cause it has beach right in front of the hotel, very good and spacious swimming pool and also various water sports near by..
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      Charanya Sivaraman

      Chennai, 8 days ago

    • Trip to Colombo

      The itinerary was good and it set quite some expectation for the trip. Vehicle was good and neat. But the driver was un cooperative and didn't have sufficient knowledge about the locations. Looked like he was exploring the places along with us. We were even charged for parking in Gregory Lake Park which was supposed to be part of the package. The hotel in Nuwara Eliya and in Colombo was sub par and not at all 3 star hotels (Lack of cleanliness, broken furniture, torn and dirty linen, pungent smelling rooms) making our stay unpleasant. The restaurants where we were taken for lunch/dinner by him were worst. We were charged exorbitant prices for all the food items. He didn't help us to negotiate the prices anywhere. The driver was not willing to pick up/ drop as per our timing requirements or convenience. It was as per his convenience. Thus we ended up paying for local conveyance for our usual sight seeing. The prices charged by travel agency for sight seeing activities were over the top high (e.g: Whale watching through agency was 9000/- LKR per head whereas we scouted and arranged a local agent for the same activity and paid 6500/- LKR which included free pick-up and drop and breakfast) Last but not the least, we almost missed our flight to Chennai because of the routes and driving style of the driver. Luckily we had Google Maps and came to know about the alternate highway route which had toll again paid by us. We will never recommend this agency or driver again for our family/friends visiting Sri Lanka. All the places which we added separately that were not part of the itinerary was the most enjoyable experience for us.
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      Jatinkumar Patel

      Chennai, 14 days ago

    • Trip to Colombo

      I have already filled up the requisite testimony in the provided format and handed over to the chauffeur. Eliya Nuwara was the best destination but hotel should have been in the town itself. Similarly in Colombo. Enjoyed thoroughly. Thanks for providing the services of Mr. Sujith, who was exceptionally co-operative and apt.
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      Kamal Kant Gupta

      Delhi, 14 days ago

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    Colombo which was the port for Dutch, British and Portuguese is famous for its architecture and the British, Dutch and Portuguese culture is reflected in its architecture. It is famous for its rich history, museums, lakes, and beaches. Also, the nightlife in Colombo is quite thrilling and things like casino night, clubbing can be enjoyed here.

    Sri Lanka is one of the most amazing places to visit near India and Colombo being its capital must definitely be visited on the trip to Colombo. Some of the best places to visit here Arugam Bay beach, traditional puppet art museum, Dehiwala Zoo, Attidiya Bird Sanctuary, Mount Lavinia, Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, and Beira Lake.

    Sri Lanka is one of the safest countries to visit in Asia. There aren’t any significant security issues in Sri Lanka, except a few areas. It is not to travel during monsoon in Sri Lanka.

    Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, National Museum of Colombo, Beira Lake, Colombo Dutch Museum, St. Lucia’s Cathedral, Galle Face Green, Viharamahadevi Park, and Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara are major points of interest in Colombo. 

    Except for monsoon season, any time of the year is ideal to visit Colombo. The monsoon season in Sri Lanka lasts from June to September.

    The city of Colombo is located on the west coast of Sri Lanka’s Western Province.

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