Overview Colombo

Visiting Colombo

The largest city and commercial capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo boats fantastic sightseeing, excellent shopping and some of the country’s best recreation, making it an increasingly popular vacation destination for travelers worldwide.

The geological highlight of the country is the massive Lion Rock, also known as Sigiriya. This 8th Wonder of the World is a massive stone and rock fortress ruin, renown for its beautiful ancient stone-wall paintings and artifacts dating back to the 5th century B.C. Families flock to the Colombo’s impressive National Zoological Garden, home to over 3,000 animals and widely regarded as one of the most beautiful zoos in Asia. Other sites of interest include the city’s Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, seated on an island in Beira Lake, and the Colombo National Museum,... Read More
The largest city and commercial capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo boats fantastic sightseeing, excellent shopping and some of the country’s best recreation, making it an increasingly popular vacation destination for travelers worldwide.

The geological highlight of the country is the massive Lion Rock, also known as Sigiriya. This 8th Wonder of the World is a massive stone and rock fortress ruin, renown for its beautiful ancient stone-wall paintings and artifacts dating back to the 5th century B.C. Families flock to the Colombo’s impressive National Zoological Garden, home to over 3,000 animals and widely regarded as one of the most beautiful zoos in Asia. Other sites of interest include the city’s Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, seated on an island in Beira Lake, and the Colombo National Museum, the largest museum in the country.

Retail mavens and bargain hunters alike flock to the vast shopping offerings in Colombo. Paradise Road boasts a host of upscale offerings, while the House of Fashion is a must-stop locale for brand-name bargain hunters. Colombo’s Laksala is packed with high-quality local handicrafts, and complemented with the offerings at Lanka Ceramics makes for a perfect pair of souvenir stops.

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Stories and Tips Colombo

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Southern Sri Lanka

Written by albionvicar on 10 Dec, 2004

This was my first trip to the sub-continent, and it clearly won't be the last. Each destination visited is covered by a report centred around the hotel where we stayed. Effectively we made our way from Colombo down the coast to Ahungalla and inland through…Read More


Sri Lankan Airlines

Written by tammyhayano on 15 May, 2006

After a bit of Internet surfing, it was Sri Lankan Airlines that offered the best round-trip airfare from Bangkok to Delhi ($300). I had a flight departing from BKK at 5:50pm, arriving in Colombo at 9:55pm, with my connecting flight departing CMB at 3:10pm the…Read More


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Moving on to Kandy and beyond

Written by phileasfogg on 07 Jul, 2002

"Heah- have some!" Two brown hands empty what looks like about half a barrelful of prickly, bright red egg-shaped fruit into our laps. When we look around, somewhat bewildered, at the bright grins and gleaming eyes around us, one of our many Sri Lankan friends…Read More


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Walking along Galle Face

Written by phileasfogg on 07 Jul, 2002

Galle Face is the broad avenue, running along the seashore, which is Colombo’s main promenade. It is also a Colombo institution- a place you’ve got to visit; not because it offers great entertainment, has all the major sights or is even amazingly interesting; but just…Read More


Colombo: A little bit of everything

Written by phileasfogg on 07 Jul, 2002

`Swarnadweep’- the Isle of Gold- is what Sri Lanka was called once upon a time. A Sanskrit word which was eventually adopted by the Arabs, who summarily converted it into sarandib. And that, as any self-respecting etymologist knows, is what led to the Persian…Read More


Sri Lanka Crisis Update

Written by albionvicar on 31 Dec, 2004

As you will know by now, the whole of the tourist industry was deeply effected by the horrific events of December 26th. I have continued to finish this diary as a gesture of respect to the wonderful people who made this trip possible, and I will…Read More


Tuk Tuk Tour

Written by OzGirl on 20 Nov, 2000

I decided to venture out and see the city one day, so I hired a 'tuk tuk'. These are 3 wheeled vehicles with canvas roofs and are the city's form of a taxi. I rented out the tuk tuk for the day for…Read More


Just Relax...

Written by tahiralk on 07 Mar, 2007

Galle Face Green - a beach located in the heart of Colombo. City-folk come here to relax and serenade in the southern and northern winds with family and friends. Even though the place seems commercialized the breath taking view of the sunset will always make…Read More


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