With a unique blend of old and new, the sprawling capital city of Colombo offers a vibrant experience and is often used as a starting point for the adventures that lie ahead in Sri Lanka.
Paying homage to its once foreign stronghold, colonial style buildings and churches stand effortlessly amongst modern office blocks, peaceful Buddhist shrines and multitowered Hindu temples. The bustling city streets offer a hive of activity, from the honking of tuk tuks, street vendors peddling their goods to the women in colourful saris and the aromas of Kothu Roti afloat in the air, Sri Lanka’s quintessential snack.
Soak up the atmosphere and stroll along the lively Galle Road, wander through the teeming bazaars of Pettah for a snapshot of old-style trading, admire the oceanfront views and experience the array of historic museums – of notable interest is the Colombo National Museum, established in 1877 the elegant white colonial museum is home to many cultural treasures.
Encounter a Colombo sunset at Galle Face Green, a seaside area where locals gather to socialise, be it a friendly game of cricket, flying kites to enjoying snacks from the collection of street food stalls. When planning any Sri Lankan itinerary, be sure to engage with Colombo’s unique character.
|Official Language||Sinhala & Tamil|
|Currency||Sri Lankan Rupee|
|Area (km2)||37.31 km2|