To discover Colombo is to fall in love with one of the most genial and easily-explored cities in Asia.
Colombo, Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, might not quite match up to the grandeur of Kuala Lumpur or the frenetic pace of Hong Kong, but it will be no time at all before you feel at home in a compact and easily-explored coastal city with a relaxed atmosphere all of its own.
For the tourist in Colombo, the hub of the capital remains the Fort area where old colonial buildings remain among an increasingly vibrant skyline.
You can experience our Hidden History City Walking Tour which samples many of the Fort’s most famous sites before finishing amid the hustle and bustle of Pettah market where small traders congregate to sell their wares. If you prefer, we can even offer you a Colombo City Tour by Tuk Tuk.
The old Dutch Hospital is now a site for some of the swankiest restaurants and bars in town, although many still throng to old favourites – a sundowner perhaps at Galle Face Hotel or experience a spot of lunch and some souvenir buying at Barefoot further down the Galle Road.
Cricket tourists will find much pleasure in the timeless cricket grounds with atmospheric bars that stud the capital, such as Colombo Cricket Club, or if golf is your favourite activity have a round at the historic Royal Colombo Golf Club.
While some roads can be slightly chaotic at times, Colombo is also blessed by tree-lined avenues and you can also get active in the magnificent Viharamahadevi Park.
The National Museum, established by a British governor in the 19C, showcases the crown and throne of former Kandyan monarchs as well as paintings and other artefacts that tell the story of Sri Lanka. It also includes a fascinating, if much more run down, natural history section.
Pride of the Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya temple, on the way south to Mount Lavinia, is a sacred Bo Tree, which according to ancient texts is one of the 32 saplings that sprang from the most sacred Bo tree of all at Anuradhapura. This ancient Buddhist temple houses statues and frescoes depicting the life of the Buddha. The Gangaramaya (Vihara) Temple is also worth a look.
Bellanvila Rajamaha Viharaya
Located close to Mt. Lavinia, just three kilometres from Colombo’s city limits, Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya is one of the oldest temples in Sri Lanka’s capital, and it has a long and hallowed history
Explore Colombo wide range of restaurants, cafes and street food options, which offer a wide range of traditional local dishes as well as cuisine from around the world.
The National Museum of Colombo is the largest in the country. Opened in 1877 by Sir William Gregory, it houses many precious relics including the throne and crown of the last Kandyan monarchs.
Tuk Tuk Tour
See Colombo as the locals do â€“ from the back seat of a tuk tuk, the three-wheelers which rove the islands capital. Visit the city main attractions, lesser-known spots and enjoy the cool breeze.
Colombo Guided Walk Religion and Culture
Explore Colomboâ€™s fascinating religious and cultural diversity on this dynamic guided walking tour, which takes you to an iconic temple, kovil, church and mosque and winds through the lively streets of Pettah.
Colombo Fort and Pettah Architecture
Now the commercial centre of Sri Lanka, Colomboâ€™s Fort was first built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, before being further changed by the Dutch and British colonisers.
Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya
Thought to have been visited by Lord Buddha in 523 BC, the ancient Kelani Raja Maha Viharaya is renowned for its glorious paintings, which show the history of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
Night city cycling tour of Colombo
Go on a guided cycling tour around Colombo and see how this lively city changes after dark. Using quiet roads and safety equipment, explore some of the city’s main cultural sites before ending with dinner at The Bavarian opposite the iconic Galle Face Green.
Slave Island Walking Tour
This hosted walking tour takes you from historic Galle Face Hotel to Beira Lake, wiggling through the vibrant streets of Slave Island which relfect Sri Lanka’s multiculturalism.