Holidays in Colombo
Colombo will suit culture vultures, with its temples, the lively Pettah bazaar and its strong arts scene; it's also the ideal base for exploring Sri Lanka's parks and wildlife areas.
As Sri Lanka’s largest city and the financial and commercial capital of the island, you’ll find plenty of things to see and do: hire a tri-shaw – the popular local transport – and check out the museums, galleries, gardens and temples. With some gorgeous parks within the city, as well a luscious landscape to explore outside, nature lovers will adore staying here. What’s more, Colombo is only 12km from the coast should you want to check out the sandy beaches nearby.
Things to do and see in Colombo
There are many first-rate museums and galleries to explore during your holiday in Colombo; of note is The National Museum of Colombo, which is Sri Lanka’s largest museum and home to regalia of 17th century kings. There are some picturesque outdoor sights within the city too; check out the 13 acre Galle Face Green Promenade for spectacular views and Colombo Zoological Gardens for elephant shows and rides. There are many excellent daytrips for those wishing to explore Sri Lanka’s stunning scenery; try ancient Buddhist city Sigiriya which offers some mesmerising architecture, place of worship Adam’s Peak for phenomenal panoramic views, and also the picturesque town of Kandy, home to Buddha’s tooth in the sacred Temple of the Tooth. The nearest beach to Colombo is Mount Lavinia, just 12 km to the south; this popular beach offers palm-lined sands and stunning views of the Indian Ocean.
Colombo nightlife and shopping
For those who love to shop, Colombo will offer a wealth of choice; try the Pettah bazaar for great bargains such as handmade fabrics, gemstone jewellery and wood carvings, or find unique clothing in the upmarket shopping malls. You’ll find plenty of good value food from bakeries and street stands during the day, and friendly restaurants in the evenings – with local specialities as well as international dishes available.
The nightlife in Colombo offers lively bars and live music, and Mount Lavinia is the place to head for busy nightclubs and cool beach bars.
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Check out holiday beach resorts in Western Province of Sri Lanka, such as Beruwala, for something more low key and chilled out.