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Colombo Back Then

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ImageOriginally known as "Kolon Thota" (port on the river Kelani), it is said that Colombo also got its name via "Kola Amba Thota" which means 'harbor with leafy mango trees' in Sinhala.
Colombo at one point was a seaport used by Arab, Moor, Chinese and Persian ships due to its strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes and is believed to have been used by traders even 2000 years ago.
The conquest of Colombo by the Portuguese was achieved in 1505, but it ended in 1656 when the Dutch invaded and captured the city.  With the British exploring and extending its international boundaries, Colombo fell to British hands in 1796 and was made the capital in 1815. Colombo remained the capital following its independence in 1948. However in 1978, Colombo was declared the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, when the administrative and state functions were transferred to Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte.
 

 

Transportation/Getting Around

Car for hire
You can hire a private vehicle – car or van – on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and with or ...
Taxi
Taxis are expensive, yet most would say they are safer than a three-wheeler. You can ask for a ...
Tri-Shaw
To go about town, i.e. short distances, it is best to hire a Tri-shaw, also called tuk-tuks. These ...
Driving Tips
The roads in Colombo are quite decent but there are only a few highways so speeds are usually ...
From the airport
Intercity Bus operates from the airport and leaves for Colombo every 30 minutes.
An Airport ...
Train
You can use the train to get to a few districts along Galled Road, such as Bambalapitiya, ...