Sri Lanka’s commercial capital is a multi-cultural cosmopolitan community that encompasses the past, present and future, packaging it in a delightful manner. Colombo constantly reinvents itself and absorbs new influences, whilst retaining its unique character. Exploring Colombo will leave you pleasantly surprised with all that it has to offer – shopping, cuisine, and plenty of opportunities for sightseeing.
Colombo boasts the best of Sri Lanka’s shopping – from sophisticated upmarket shopping outlets and sleek department stores such as Arcade Independence Square, Paradise Road, to street markets and bazaars such as Pettah Markets, and everything in between. Sri Lankan cuisine is phenomenal – it encompasses various cultures, and is absolutely worth trying, particularly rice and curry! There is a wonderful range of restaurants and styles in Colombo, from fine dining to simple cafes, serving local and foreign dishes to satiate any appetite.
Sightseeing in Colombo is worthwhile – there are several picturesque sites in Colombo such as colonial buildings, parks, museums, art galleries and religious sites. We recommend going on guided experiences to take in all the treasures that Colombo offers. Cycling tours, art tours, open deck bus tours, walking tours and culinary classes are available.
Colombo has several large hotels and a growing number of boutique hotels. We recommend Cinnamon Grand, Galle Face Hotel, Kingsbury and Taj Samudra, which are located in the prime hub of Colombo. Tintagel, Colombo Courtyard and Casa Colombo are chic and refined hotels that are ideal for couples looking for an intimate ambiance.
Mount Lavinia beach is located a short distance south from Colombo city, and is a major sea-bathing spot. It is a popular beach area with cosy bars and restaurants for a laid back nightlife. Mount Lavinia Hotel is an excellent choice for dining and accommodation.