Destination

Colombo Holidays

Sri Lanka's thriving capital

Begin your Sri Lanka adventure in it's bustling capital, located on the west coast of the island. In this city of contrasts, buildings sit in the shadows of gleaming high rises, and sleek department stores blend with floating markets.

Browse the collection of ancient paintings, sculptures and sketches dating back to the fourth century at the National Museum. Or, visit Gangarama Vihara, one of Sri Lanka’s most venerable temples, intricately decorated in brass work and stone carvings.

Golfers can enjoy a round at The Royal Colombo Golf Club, while thrill seekers can enjoy the log flumes and roller coasters of Leisure World Water Park, ideal for families and adults.

Spend a day exploring the 30 acres of Dehiwala Zoological Garden, home to a rich collection of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. Or, take a trip to Viharamahadevi Park, known for it's magnificent flowering trees that bloom between March and early May. Originally called Victoria Park, it was renamed after the mother of King Dutugemunu in the 1950's.

Food lovers can feast on delicious seafood on the golden sands of Mount Lavinia beach. A visit to the city wouldn’t be complete without trying a kothu roti (sliced up bits of roti with chicken, beef, egg, onions, tomatoes and green chillies) deemed by some as Sri Lanka’s soul food.

Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT +5:30 hours
  • Currency LKR - Sri Lankan Rupee
  • Visa Information British citizens must obtain an online visa prior to travel.
  • Language Tamil and Sinhalese, English is widely spoken
  • Flight Time 11 hours direct from London Heathrow, indirect flight times average between 13 and 16 hours dependent on stopover destination
  • Health Information No special vaccinations are required for travel to Sri Lanka. It's important to contact your GP for latest recommendations.

Top Tips from our Experts

Omkar

Destination Specialist

"One of the best restaurants for authentic Sri Lankan food is The Lagoon – located in the Cinnamon Grand, it will most definitely be on my list again."

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