Colombo is the largest city on the island and is the industrial and cultural capital of Sri Lanka. Teaming with a vibrant and intoxicating mix of cultures, religions and steeped in history, Colombo is in many ways the melting pot that best reflects a modernised Sri Lanka.
The main streets, lined with colonial buildings and ancient trees, the canal system and lakes interwoven between grand houses and high-rise buildings are the landscape of the city. The famous Galle Road, which leads to the southern city of Galle along the Southwest coasts, is a neon pathway lined with shops and buildings just a stone's throw away from the Indian Ocean.
- Enjoy a walking tour of the capital city's historical Fort and Pettah districts
- Learn about the city's colonial past
- Visit historical sites such as the Dutch Period Museum and the Dutch Reformed Church
- Sample some fiery street food
- Recap your walk over iced cold beers at the Dutch Hospital Complex
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As Sri Lanka is close to the equator , Colombo experiences uniform weather throughout the year - except for the two months of rain (monsoon).
- Best time to travelYear round
- LanguagesSinhala, Tamil and English are all officially recognised languages.
- Flying to ColomboBandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake is the International Airport for Sri Lanka - serviced by flights from the UK, Middle East, India, Singapore and Europe.
- CurrencySri Lankan Rupee
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