At a glance

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.

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.

The Route

Best Times to Visit

  • Colombo is an all-year-round destination.