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Driving Tips
The roads in Colombo are quite decent ...
Taxis are expensive, yet most would say ...
You can use the train to get to a few ...
Car for hire
You can hire a private vehicle – car ...
From the airport
Intercity Bus operates from the airport ...
To go about town, i.e. short distances, ...
City in a Day
An ideal way to begin your day in Colombo would be to start in front of the  Bandaranayake ...
Eid is the Islamic festival which celebrates the end of the Holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is a ...
Celebrating the birth of Christ. Many events around the city are held on this occasion. ...
Duruthu Perehara
Celebrates a visit by Buddha to Sri Lanka. There is a procession of Elephants and Dancers to mark ...
When to go
Considering rainfall and temperature, the best time to visit Sri Lanka is from November to April. ...

Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Colombo Today
Colombo is the commercial and financial capital of Sri Lanka, and is located in the Western Province, along the coast. The temperature on average is 27C and can go up to 31C in April-May-June.

Colombo’s Area 1,2,3,4 and 10 are home to many of the banks and headquarters of most businesses in Sri Lanka. The Fort area retains the vestiges of the Dutch, Portuguese and British colonial eras, boasting a fine collection of buildings from these periods. Pettah is a criss-cross of tiny shops and stalls along narrow cobbled streets, selling a myriad of items, all at unbeatable prices. Co

Colombo Back Then
Originally 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 e

Situated in the leafy suburbs of Colombo 7 (Cinnamon Gardens), and away from the hustle and bustle o
The Havelock Place Bungalow 
The tranquillity and serenity of The Havelock Place Bungalow, is hard to beat. Once an old colonial
Hotel Galadari
In addition to being a luxury hotel, Galadari also enjoys the privileged position of being in the he
Taj Samudra
The Taj Samudra offers the best of the city and the sea. Located in the central hub of Colombo, this
Ceylon Continental
One thing guests can truly enjoy at the Continental are stunning views of the Indian Ocean! All room
Cinnamon Grand Colombo
The Cinnamon Grand in Colombo is a classy, stylish hotel, with a range of rooms, restaurants and bus

Crescat Boulevard
This up-market shopping mall is one of the classiest in Colombo. The few shops located inside offer
Adidas – Exclusive
Everyone’s favourite sports brand is now in Sri Lanka providing quality sportswear and products fo
Barefoot handicraft store
This traditionally laid out store sells some of the finest Sri Lankan souvenirs and handmade items.
Eco Gallery
Environmentalists need not despair when coming to Sri Lanka. They now have a solution to their shopp
Leather Collection
Ever loved the feel of soft leather brushing against your skin? Well this store will make sure you w
Odel Unlimited
Rub shoulders with the glamorous at Odel! This classy place offers branded clothing, jewellery, musi

Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights. Hindus light up lamps to signify victory of good over evil.
Duruthu Perehara
Celebrates a visit by Buddha to Sri Lanka. There is a procession of Elephants and Dancers to mark th
The ceremonial chariot of Skanda, the God of War, is hauled between two temples. Hindu processions a
Esala Perahera
This is a Buddhist festival. People dress up in elegant costumes, fire and Kandyan dancers entertain
Eid is the Islamic festival which celebrates the end of the Holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is a mont
Vesak commemorates the birth, death and enlightenment of Buddha. Colourful lanterns are made and hun

A combination of Fusion Cuisine and alfresco dining. Located at the Cinnamon Grand, TAO brings about
The Lagoon
At The Lagoon, guests get to choose from the ‘catch of the day’, the sauce, the cooking method (
Tucked away at the Hilton, Spices offers a range of Sri Lankan, Indian and Western specialities. Flo
Shanti Vihar
Shanti Vihar offers authentic South Indian and exclusively vegetarian food. Very cheap and very busy
Diners can enjoy Japanese food on low tables, in real Japanese style.

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Il Ponte
Located at the Hilton and overlooking the pool, this restaurant is as Italian as it can get. Enjoy

Fast Facts
-Location: South Asia
-Dialling code: +94 -Emergency numbers:
Police: 01124333333
Fire: 01124222222
Ambulance: 0112691111
Tourist Information Helpdesk: 0112421052
Airport Enquiry: 0112252861
-Population: 20,238,000
-Languages: Sinhala, Tamil, English
-Time zone: GMT +5:30
-Average January temperatures: 26.5 ˚C
-Average July temperatures: 27 ˚C
-Annual rainfall: 2540mm to 5080mm in the South West, less than 1250mm in the North West and South East.

What to do with Children in Tow
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What to do when you get there?
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What you need?
* Pack medications in clearly labeled containers. Double dose of regular medicine, each kept in separate bags in case one bag is lost.

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