Colombo City


This seaside metropolis is the nation’s capital and the ultimate culture hub of Sri Lanka. It is an eclectic mix of the old and the new, and wherever you go, you are bound to see something interesting. This iconic city rose from the colonial past, and its evidence is everywhere. An intermix of cultures has placed stunning Buddhist and Hindu temples, mosques, and churches across the city. From the street food scene to the fine-dining scene, Colombo food does not disappoint. Invigorate your traveller senses with a tuk-tuk ride around the city and savour an indulgent high tea at a stylish colonial-style hotel. And if shopping is on your mind, Colombo is where you need to be.

Hidden Gems

  • Traditional Puppet Art Museum, where performing troupes stage puppet show.
  • The Lotus Tower – currently, South Asia’s tallest self-supported structure.
  • Independence Square contains a large stone edifice resembling a Kandyan Audience Hall.
  • Old Galle Buck Lighthouse provides sweeping views of the ocean and port.
  • Dutch Hospital is a restored 1600s colonial complex containing shops and cafes.
  • Viharamahadevi Park is the only central park in Colombo and has a mini zoo and children’s play area.

Best Times to Visit

Colombo is an all-year-round destination.



Top Attractions

galle face

Galle Face Green

Originally, made for cannon firing by the Dutch, this long strip of green grass along the beach provides respite and pleasant evening walks.

national museum

The National Museum

The museum exhibits the most important artifacts from Sri Lanka’s history and includes a 4th century Buddha statue and the royal throne and crown.

dutch museum

The Dutch Museum

This 17th century mansion, once the residence of the Dutch governor, exhibits Dutch colonial artifacts including, furniture, ceramics, coins, and weaponry.

red mosque colombo

Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque

Built in the 19th century, and known as the Red Mosque, this red and white striped building holds the largest congregation of prayer in Sri Lanka.

Gangaramaya Temple

Gangaramaya Temple

This temple complex, which is the oldest in Colombo, holds a staggering number of Buddha statues, art, and carvings, and the Simamalaka Shrine.

Sri kailawasanthan temple

Sri Kailawasanathan Temple

The intricate carvings, paintings, and architecture of this Hindu temple make it an impressive sight. It is the oldest Hindu temple in Colombo.

Where to Shop in Colombo

Shopping is one of the best Colombo experiences. The Arcade Independence Square, The Colombo City Centre, Paradise Road, Barefoot Garden, Pettah Floating Market, and Pettah markets are just a few places to go.

Where to Eat in Colombo

Ministry of Crab, Kaemasutra, Dutch Burgher Union, Curry Leaf, Park Street Mews, and Oak Ray Flower Drum are just a few places you will be delighted to discover.

Top Accommodations

Explore where you enjoy a comfortable stay during your explorations.

Tintagel Colombo<br />

Tintagel Colombo

In a former Prime Ministers’ residence dating from 1930, this lavish boutique hotel is set among gardens. It’s 2 km from both the Colombo National Museum and Gangaramaya Temple. The 10 elegant suites provide free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and DVD players, as well as minibars, and tea and coffeemaking facilities.
Uga Residence<br />

Uga Residence

In a Colonial-style mansion dating from the 19th-century, this refined all-suite hotel is a 4-minute walk from the 1800s Gangaramaya Temple and 34 km from Bandaranaike International Airport.Offering living areas and terraces, the 11 warm, airy suites have dark wood furnishings, and provide complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and safes.
shangrila hotel colombo

Shangri-La Colombo Hotel

Set on the Galle Face Promenade overlooking the Indian Ocean, this upmarket hotel is surrounded by high-end shopping and dining. It’s a 6-minute walk from Galle Face Green urban park and 2 km from Beira Lake. There are 4 restaurants, most with ocean views, as well as a whiskey and jazz bar.