Get away to Colombo! Enjoy the temples, sports, and museums.

Colombo is a showcase of Sri Lanka’s Asian and European heritage. It’s where the fast-paced chaos of the continent’s cities meets a lingering colonial ambiance and contemporary fashion. In Colombo, ancient religious shrines stand next to churches, and skyscrapers rise above time-honored shops. Pretty parks are a reminder of Colombo’s “Garden City of the East” nickname while beaches offer an introduction to the island’s 833-mile (1,340-kilometer) coastline.

Discover the spiritual serenity that exists amid the mayhem of the city streets at Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple and lakeside Seema Malaka Buddhist Temple. The contrasting Gothic Old Town Hall and neoclassical New Town Hall sit on the edge of gorgeous Viharamahadevi Park. Visit European-influenced churches, including the Dutch-built Wolvendaal Church, Portuguese St. Anthony’s Church and Scottish St. Andrew’s Church.

Browse art collections that date back to the 4th century B.C. at Colombo National Museum and learn about Dutch rule at the Dutch Period Museum. Ape Gama is an open-air folk museum that brings to life the customs of a Sri Lankan village via mock rural scenes. The elaborately decorated Independence Memorial Hall commemorates the nation breaking free from the British Empire.

Pettah is Colombo’s bustling shopping quarter, famous for traditional shops and markets such as Pettah Floating Market. Go to Arcade Independence Square and Crescat Boulevard for brand-name and upmarket fashion. Witness the city’s passion for cricket while attending a match at Premadasa International Cricket Stadium. Or, play a round of 18 holes at the immaculate Royal Colombo Golf Club.

Watch the sunset and snack on spicy street food during an evening stroll on Galle Green Face Promenade. Find an aquarium, beer garden and outdoor food court at Diyatha Uyana waterfront park. Mount Lavinia Beach boasts golden sand and chic seafront bars. Spot exotic animals at Dehiwala National Zoo and ride waterslides at Leisure World.

Reach Colombo by flying to Bandaranaike International Airport, located an hour’s drive from the city center. Get around the city via low-cost buses, trains and tuk-tuks.

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Cafes, Temples and Sea

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Where to stay in Colombo

Cinnamon Gardens
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Cinnamon Gardens

Sports, Museums, Soccer

4/5 (6 Ratings)

You'll enjoy the museums and gardens in Cinnamon Gardens. You might want to make time for a stop at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall or Sri Lanka National Museum.

Colombo 07
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Colombo 07

4.5/5 (4 Ratings)

If you're spending some time in Colombo 07, Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall and Sri Lanka National Museum are top sights worth seeing.

Top Hotels in Colombo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Cinnamon Red Colombo
3.5 out of 5
59, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo
$64/night
Sep 20 - Sep 21
4.4/5Excellent! (801 reviews)

Located in Kollupitiya, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Liberty Plaza.

4.4/5Excellent! (801 reviews)

"Reasonable price, extremely friendly and efficient staff, clean and small but good rooms. Showers were temperamental. A very satisfying experience. Lakdasa Cardiff"…"

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2019

Cinnamon Red Colombo
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Marino Beach Colombo
5 out of 5
590 Marine Drive, Colombo, WP
$75/night
Sep 18 - Sep 19
4.6/5Wonderful! (184 reviews)

Located in Kollupitiya, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Marino Mall, Galle Face Beach, and Galle Face Green. Casino Marina Colombo and Bellagio Casino ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (184 reviews)

"This hotel has all the amenities, bedside charge ports, reading lights, fridge, water bottles, complimentary biscuitd, sodas, pranuts, coffee and tea. It does not have a microwave in the room. Room service for taking your bags down when going out in yhe middle of the night at 1am does not come. Be ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Marino Beach Colombo
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Cinnamon Grand Colombo
5 out of 5
77, Galle Road, Colombo
$100/night
Sep 28 - Sep 29
4.3/5Excellent! (570 reviews)

This family-friendly Colombo hotel is located by the ocean, within a 15-minute walk of Crescat Shopping Mall and Galle Face Green. Galle Face Beach and Pettah ...

4.3/5Excellent! (570 reviews)

"Excellent experienced staff with curtesy and respect. Very warm and knowledgeable"…"

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2019

Cinnamon Grand Colombo

Top activities in Colombo

Private Tour of Colombo in a World War II Jeep
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Private Tour of Colombo in a World War II Jeep

$65

Explore both on- and off-road to check out top attractions in Colombo - the largest city in Sri Lanka such as Old Parliament Building and Viharamahadevi Park and visit a bird sanctuary just outside of the city, in a World War II–era Jeep After hotel pickup in Colombo or Mount Lavinia, your private tour starts as you hop aboard your World War II–era Jeep, part of a classic fleet that gets plenty of attention on the streets of Colombo.

Southern Sri Lanka sightseeing private tour
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Southern Sri Lanka sightseeing private tour

$55

Visit the best part of Sri Lanka’s South Coast and learn about Sri Lankan culture and nature from a knowledgeable guide along the way. You will be picked up from your hotel in Negombo, Colombo, Mount Lavinia, Kalutara, Bentota, Beruwela or Galle and then transfer to visit Dutch Fort of Galle.

Colombo Sunset City Safari by TukTuk
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Colombo Sunset City Safari by TukTuk

$80

Come and join us to experience the hustle and bustle of the afternoon in old Colombo town roll into the sunset. Cruise the city streets while watching the sun lower over the Indian ocean,as the busy 9-5 workday trade winds down and the city lights come alive for yet another evening of activity.

Colombo Private Highlights & Hidden Gems Tour
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Colombo Private Highlights & Hidden Gems Tour

$15

Welcome to the heart of Sri Lanka: Colombo! Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of this vibrant city together with your private host. The very best must-sees, hidden gems, and local snacks await! So, hop on a colorful Tuk Tuk and let your private guide take you from one highlight to another.

Private Full-Day Excursion to Galle & South Coast
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Private Full-Day Excursion to Galle & South Coast

$70

Your guide picks you up and whisks you down the coast to Galle Fort, which stands tall above the shimmering sea. Learn how the fort was built by the Portuguese, conquered by the Dutch, and eventually reconstructed by the Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka.

Pigeon Island Private Boat Tour Trincomalee
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Pigeon Island Private Boat Tour Trincomalee

$60

• Pigeon island marine national park boat tour • You can visit from 08:00 AM to 05:30 PM • We will pick up you from your hotel in Trincomalee and transfer to starting point, then you can enjoy boat ride to pigeon island marine national park Pigeon Island Pigeon Island National Park is one of the two marine national parks of Sri Lanka.

Reviews of Colombo

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Top Destination

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4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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3/5 - Okay

Zack

Sep 16, 2019

The Independence Monument is historically informative and well built. It is well situated in central Colombo. The weather is extremely humid and clothes get sticky with sweat in a few moments. The rain messes up traffic and causes puddles to form.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 22, 2019

Love the energy of the city and will definitely plan a longer holiday visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 2, 2019

Traffic is horrible, wait till late to enjoy- don’t go out daytime during weekdays/school days, all city is under construction better future ahead with new bypass and highways.

4/5 - Good

Romeodelta

Jul 26, 2019

Colombo is a fast developing city and safe enough to travel around. Good transportation at affordable prices. Impressed that you could use web sites for booking such as Uber with very good service. Everywhere is peace and quiet now

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 23, 2019

Safe and beautiful for all.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 20, 2019

Driving habits getting worse. A city with a lot of ways to enjoy.