Colombo holiday highlights

Vibrant and busy, Colombo is a bustling city filled with sights and sounds that effortlessly combines colonial style buildings with modern life. Experience the sweeping harbour, majestic forts and historic museums.

Visit the famous Buddhist temple of Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, one of Sri Lanka’s most sacred sites. Wander down Sea Street, home to the Ganeshan, the Old Kathiresan and the New Kathiresan temples.Gaze at local art works in The National Art Gallery in Viharamahadevi Park, also home to the National Museum, which has a beautiful array of ancient royal regalia, antique furniture and demon masks.

You can combine this bustling city with many other location in and around Sri Lanka to create your ideal multi-centre holiday. Try combining Colombo with one of Sri Lanka’s stunning beach resorts or go further a field and combine it with a stay in the Maldives, India or Dubai.

Colombo key facts

Time difference

GMT +6 hours


Sri Lankan rupee

Flying time to destination

10¾ hours


Sinhalese. Tamil and English are also widely spoken, and newspapers are printed in all three languages.

Colombo good to know


Dialling code
+94 11

Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and Christianity.


Typically a 10% service charge is included in the bill, even in markets. If not, tip 10-15%.


Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and Christianity.

Spa and wellness

All of our Colombo hotels offer relaxing treatments – unwind at Cinnamon Lakeside’s Azmaara Spa and Cinnamon Grand’s Angsana Spa, or book a massage at Taj Samudra. You could even venture to Sima Malaka Meditation Island on Slave Island to calm your mind.

Shopping in Colombo

Explore Pettah’s narrow streets in search of a bargain and visit the town’s fish market. Colombo’s best shops are situated on Galle Road, and Kollupitiya’s Crescat Boulevard is Sri Lanka’s most impressive shopping centre.

Food & drink

As well as restaurants and cafés serving traditional Sri Lankan curries, you’ll find familiar fast food outlets like Nandos and Domino’s.

Don’t drink the tap water. Most hotels offer boiled and bottled water, so stick to this instead.