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  • Colombo is a big city without much interest for tourism. Noisy and polluted, it does not really offer many cultural sites.  Nearby, you will find some holiday towns such as Mount Lavinia or Negombo. You can only stay in the region before taking your flight or just after arriving, to relax for a day and then leave for different areas. ...
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  • Colombo is the largest city and former capital of Sri Lanka. Colombo is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings as well as ruins
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  • The shoreline in Colombo, the largest city of Sri Lanka, but not its capital.
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  • Colombo is located on the west coast of the island.
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  • Roof of Buddhist temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
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  • Gangaramaya Temple is one of the most important temples in Colombo and today serves not only as a place of Buddhist worship, but is also a centre of learning.
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  • A fisherman enjoys nightfall and the glorious sunset as he fishes as the edge of the water.
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Sri Lanka

Colombo is a big city without much interest for tourism. Noisy and polluted, it does not really offer many cultural sites. Nearby, you will find some holiday towns such as Mount Lavinia or Negombo.
You can only stay in the region before taking your flight or just after arriving, to relax for a day and then leave for different areas.

Colombo: what to do?

The district of Pettah (which means "outside of the fort") deserves a visit for its lively streets, particularly Main Street and its shops, markets, its beautiful hotel façades and its Hindu temples, heavily loaded with and colorful decorations. The area of the fort is dominated by the two towers rising 34 floors of the World Trade Center and the Clock Tower, a former lighthouse. The most animated streets are Chatham Street and York Street. On Queen Street, the old post office is an imposing white mass in front of the former residence of British governors.

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Colombo: the key figures

Surface area : 65600.0 km2

Population : 19700000 inhabitants

  • To begin or end a stay, the ocean is not very far
  • The city of Colombo itself presents nothing very interesting

Colombo: what to visit?

Monuments

To avoid

Avoid talking about politics or about the conflicts taking place in the north with the Tamils .

Colombo: what to eat?

Rice and the curry remain the main dish of the island. You can eat spicy and delicious food. You can also try many dishes with a coconut base. The soups are very good and often based on lentils. As for meat, chicken and goat are most often cooked. The fish is also very present. For dessert,don't miss the choice of exotic fruits, bananas, papayas, coconut, pineapples, mangoes.

Colombo Reviewedhotels
  • 8.2 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Hilton Colombo
    Colombo - Sri Lanka
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    Hilton hotels no longer need an introduction, there you will ...

  • 7.95 /10
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    Mount Lavinia Hotel
    Colombo - Sri Lanka
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    The Mount Lavinia is a hotel of undeniable charm. Enthusiasts ...

  • 7.95 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Galle Face Hotel
    Colombo - Sri Lanka
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    Luxury and legendary charm are the 2 words which characterize ...

  • 7.8 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Taj Samudra
    Colombo - Sri Lanka
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    Given that the Taj Samudra is part of the Taj chain, you will ...

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