100. Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Why

Most large cities do not have much to offer, but trust me when I say Colombo, Sri Lanka is a worthwhile capital to visit. 

Colombo, Sri Lanka

 

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Cargills

Colombo, Sri Lanka – Cargills

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Where

Colombo is the capital of Sri Lanka on the western coast of the country.

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How To Get Here

By Train

As Sri Lanka is an island, there are no trains that arrive here from another country, however there are trains from Colombo to all parts of the country from the Central Train Station in the heart of the city.

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Colombo Fort Railway Station

Colombo, Sri Lanka – Colombo Fort Railway Station

By Plane

The Colombo International Airport (CMB) is the closest international airport. The following airlines has service to Colombo, Sri Lanka (CMB):

  • Air Asia (AK), Air China (CA), Air India (AI), Austrian Airlines (OS), Cathay Pacific Airways (CX), China Eastern Airlines (MU, Cinnamon Air (C7), Emirates (EK), Etihad Airways (EY), FlyDubai (FZ), Jet Airways (9W), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Korean Airlines (KE), Kuwait Airways (KU), Malaysia Airlines (MH), Qatar Airways (QR), Oman Air (WY), Rotana jet (RG), Saudi Arabian Airlines (SV), SilkAir (MI), Singapore Airlines (SQ), Spicejet (SG), SriLankan (UL), Thai Airways (TG), TOR Air (OD), Turkish Airlines (TK) and Ukraine International (PS).
Colombo, Sri Lanka - Colombo Airport

Colombo, Sri Lanka – Colombo Airport

By Bus

There are buses from Colombo to all parts of the country from the Central Bus Station in the heart of the city.

By Car

If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.

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Where To Stay

There are several places to stay in this city. And they offer different levels of comfort. I stayed with Cinnamon Hotels and also the Kingsbury and was quite pleased.

Colombo, Sri Lanka Cinnamon Hotel Lakeside

Colombo, Sri Lanka Cinnamon Hotel Lakeside

 

Colombo, Sri Lanka - The Kingsbury

Colombo, Sri Lanka – The Kingsbury

==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.

==>> Try Airbnb.

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Where To Eat

Colombo has places to eat everywhere. You do the traditional thing and eat with your hands at a sit down restaurant, eat street food or sit in a fine dining restaurant or dine at your hotel You take your pick. It’s all good and quite tasty.

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Breakfast at The Kingsbury Hotel

Colombo, Sri Lanka – Breakfast at The Kingsbury Hotel

==>> You can find a list of restaurants from TripAdvisor here.

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What To Do

Actually plenty to do in this city. I recommend the Temples and the Maning Market and take a walk downtown. Plus if you go by Galle Fort its quite worth it as well. Shopping is quite good here as well. But I recommend staying away from the electronics items as tempting as they are.

Colombo, Sri Lanka - St. Philip Neri's Church

Colombo, Sri Lanka – St. Philip Neri’s Church

 

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Fruits and Vegetables at the Colombo Maning Market

Colombo, Sri Lanka – Fruits and Vegetables at the Colombo Maning Market

==>> Here is a list of more organized things to do from Trip Advisor.

==>> You may also check Viator for additional things to do.

==>> Lonely Planet also has a list of things to do.

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Additional Information

  1. Sri Lanka Tourism Board
  2. Facebook
  3. Instagram
  4. Twitter
Colombo, Sri Lanka - Galle Face

Colombo, Sri Lanka – Galle Face

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