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    Tourists Guide To Colombo & General Information

    Colombo is the largest City in Sri Lanka and it acts as the commercial Capital. It was the legislative Capital up until 1982, and is on an island. Colombo is situated in the Western Province of Sri Lanka, and is a vibrant place with lots of local culture, mixed with modern life. The colonial buildings and ruins are particularly impressive.

    An Overview & Informative Guide To Colombo

    Close to 6 million people live in the Colombo region, and its urban area extends beyond the boundaries of a single authority. The majority of Sri Lanka’s most well-known restaurants and entertainment venues occur within the boundaries of the Colombo district.

    What You Need To Know About Colombo

    There are a few important things to take note of when travelling to Colombo.

    When Is The Best Time To Visit Colombo

    The island of Sri Lanka has two separate monsoon seasons, which means the best time to visit Colombo is from December to March.

    Do I Need A Visa To Visit Colombo

    You need a Visa to visit Colombo, Sri Lanka, and a valid Passport.

    What Should I Pack To Visit Colombo

    Colombo is close to the equator, and for much of the year remains hot and humid. Generally summer clothes, something warmer for early mornings and evenings; sunscreen, forms of identification and a camera should be taken with. Insect repellent and hats and caps are also good accessories to bring with you.

    Do I Need Vaccinations To Visit Colombo

    You currently do not need any vaccinations when travelling to Colombo. You should make sure by asking your Travel Agent a few months prior to your visit.

    Transport & How To Get Around Colombo

    Colombo has 2 airports: Bandaranaike International (Mainly for overseas flights) and Ratmalana (Primarily for domestic flights). Ferries can be used to get to Colombo and public transportation such as buses and trains are used extensively.

    Attractions and Places to Visit In Colombo.

    Colombo, a port city, is the capital and largest city of Sri Lanka. It is the financial centre of the island and a popular tourist destination. Colombo is a busy and vibrant place with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings, temples and ruins. Being the only city in the world to have four cricket test venues in the past, you can see why they are known worldwide for their passion for cricket. But Colombo has depth beyond your wildest imagination.

    With a Portuguese, Dutch and British era, the city is filled with architectural and cultural wonders. Not to mention a rich spiritual connection, with fairs and celebrations of spirit throughout the year.

    Where to Go When Visiting Colombo

    Colombo will keep you busy and entertained from the moment you step off the plane. Taking in a local or international cricket game at the R. Premadasa Stadium is a must. The energy is just electric. Another frighteningly unique experience is exploring the city on one of its Tuktuks, hold on tight. Or take the less thrilling open deck double decker bus tour to witness the charm of Colombo. Visiting one if not all the renowned temples or churches in Colombo, will definitely connect you to the history and spirit on the Sri Lankan people. To name a few of these: Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya, Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, St Anthony s Church Kochikade and Seema Malaka. Fast becoming a popular divers destination, one can have an amazing informative guided diving experience, exploring the many awesome wrecks right off Colombo.

    Shopping is one of cities unknown gems. With many boutiques lined with international brands and local art and fabrics Colombo is the best place to do the last minute shopping and then it’s best to retire to Galle face, Colombo’s playground for some delicious local cuisine such as Kottu or Wade.

    How Old Is Colombo

    Ancient traders knew Colombo 2,000 years ago. It was made the capital of the island when Sri Lanka was ceded to the British Empire in 1815. Its status as capital was retained when the nation became independent in 1948.

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