The glorious Golden Buddha Statue

The glorious Golden Buddha Statue

The famous Hindu Temple of Colombo

The famous Hindu Temple of Colombo

Photo credit: The imposing Sigiriya Lion Rock

The dazzling city of Colombo at night

The dazzling city of Colombo at night

Destination Snapshot

  • Travel Style

  • First Timers
  • Culture Vultures
  • Family Fun
  • Something Different
    • Language

      Sinhala, Tamil, English
    • Altitude

      11.43 metres above sea level
    • Time zone

      UTC+05:30
    • Theme

      Heritage

Welcome to Colombo – a cosmopolitan which blends together the old and new; a melting pot of cultures and cuisines and your gateway to Sri Lanka!

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  • Colonial Heritage

    Colombo, though a bustling modernistic metropolitan, has successfully managed to preserve some of its colonial heritage.

  • Cultural Mix

    Anyone who pays a visit to Colombo is bound to be impressed by its varied mix of population, which constitutes Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians.

  • Food

    You will love the variety of epicurean delights this city has to offer. The food is not just limited to coastal delicacies; Colombo also has world cuisine on its platter.

Be prepared

  • Crowds

    Being the financial and commercial capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is crowded and the streets are busy for most part of the day.

Describing It

Welcome to Colombo, the soul of Lanka. The commercial capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is also the largest city in the country. Colombo has a heady mix of modern life and a glorious past, all bustling with activity. It was once a sea port facilitating trade in Asia, and is now the entry point to the beautiful island nation of Sri Lanka.

Once a colony of the Dutch, British and Portuguese, Colombo showcases an interesting mix of cultures and cuisines, which is pretty much evident in most of its nooks and corners. Along with cultural attractions like the Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque and Wolvendaal Church, food is a major draw in Colombo; ranging from typical coastal delicacies to exotic preparations from across the globe. Colombo also comes across as a shopper’s delight with a number of shopping malls and bazaars.

There is ample to see and do in Colombo. As soon as you land in the city, you are sure to be amazed by the imposing metropolitan landscape; then there are the old-world streets and mansions, and the endless traffic, of course. Colonial buildings and ruins are peppered around this tasteful city. The urban culture and famous landmarks are just some of the reasons to visit Colombo, the gateway to Sri Lanka.