Colombo is the most populous, busiest and developed westernized capital city in the country blessed with principal coastal resorts. The sprawling capital possesses an intriguing and characterful nature with different shades of landscapes and amusement. Northern Colombo is the exciting resort making it the first of its kind for many itineraries. A little further, is the bucolic Kalpitiya peninsula with isolated beaches and spectacular dolphin show.
To the South lie the island's main beach resorts. The key areas include Kalutara, Bentota and Beruwala which are home to endless vacationing and hotel catering. Visitors can enjoy an upbeat atmosphere for cheap sun, shore and surf.
When to Go to Colombo
December to March is commonly viewed as the best time to visit Colombo, though it should be kept in mind that it can get really hot and humid, therefore, sightseeing is done mostly during the morning or evenings.
February experiences the lowest monsoon; averaging 60mm of rainfall, with either months January and March recording 80mm and 110mm respectively. Average temperature continues to sit at 27°C.
The highest temperatures ever recorded in Colombo occurred in February and again March where the mercury rises to 36°C.
Places to Visit in Colombo
The exotic island country of Sri Lanka shimmers like a pearl in the Indian Ocean. Its exotic beaches’, palm trees, breezy climate, safari tours and spiritual ravishment are spell binding and attract visitors to book cheap flights to Colombo.
National Museum: Housed in a grand colonial building, the National Museum is the caretaker of Sri Lanka's cultural heritage. Among its exhibits are a vast collection of half a million books, numerous archaic palm leaf manuscripts, rock sculptures from the ancient cities, royal weapons of kings, engrossing paintings, stupendous collection of traditional demon masks.
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara is a famous Buddhist temple which is believed to be at the spot where the Buddha preached 2000 years ago. The excellent carving of a reclining Buddha is overcrowded for religious procession in January and attracts visitors every year.
Wolvendaal Church: It is Colombo's oldest Dutch church. This edifice represents the colonial times and the olden, golden times of the beginning of Christianity.
Dehiwala Zoo has very fine collection of fauna from all over the world. The highlight of the event is the elephant show, which is held every evening. Galle Face Green is a boardwalk on the sea; it is a relic of the British era. Today it is the largest open space in Colombo and a famous picnic spot.
Be it the traditional or the contemporary, Colombo’s various attractions are mesmerizing and attract visitors from far and wide to book flights to Colombo.
Places to Eat in Colombo
Sri Lanka has a lavish and aromatic cuisine. Main meals comprise of rice and curry, pol sambol, thosai, mallum - gotukula sambal, dhal or fish ambul curry. For breakfast you can have appa (hoppers) and indi appa (string hoppers). Kottu is quite a popular fast food delicacy. It is made of shredded piece of Sri Lankan bread fried with mixed spices and meat. Rice gains the kings place in the plate as all the other curries surround it.
No doubt, Sri Lankan cuisine has always been a true delight of this nation and above all Colombo's restaurant scene is thriving with a wide range of finest dining. Colombo offers unmissable opportunity to explore the amazing retreat of food culture with restaurants such as The Gallery Cafe that serves ginger chicken and lemon grass; black pork curry and prawn curry with sauteed kankun.
The Nihonbashi brings in the slice of Japanese cuisine and Zen like ambience, serving the best sushi prepared in with perfection. On the other hand Zaza is a magnificent chamber of bar, restaurant and cafe that offers tea mocktail and other fusion twists. At night, Zaza becomes extremely lively making it as the best bar. Chutneys is one of the best place to explore dishes from the four South Indian states of India including variety of Dosai. Other places include Curry Leaf, Seafood Cove, Beach Wadiya, Ministry of Crab, Cricket Club Cafe and much more.
Places to Shop in Colombo
Colombo has a number of modern shopping malls and majestic shopping arcades that offer everything from clothes, handicrafts, furniture, apparels, garments and various electronic products that one could probably seek. Visitors should not miss the food court that offers a choice of selection from the local cuisine to continental delights.
Majestic City is one kind of mall where shoppers will not have any shortage of items to choose from. This fun-packed shopping complex is an all-inclusive place for youth and children. When it comes to shopping, Liberty Plaza is worth considering. It offers a wide range of retail stores and attractive products at affordable prices. Other places include Crescat Boulevard, Odel, House of Fashion, Nolimit and various others.
Specialties of Colombo
Colombo is well-known for its electrifying nightlife as the city houses many bars, nightclubs, casinos that provide various options of entertainment and amusement to all its guests. Fun starts around midnight. With its excellent options and various amusements Colombo is a leading tourist hotspot.
Festivals in Colombo
It is said that with four major religions, Sri Lanka has more festivals than any other country in the world. Virtually all the festivals are religious in nature and strictly follow the lunar calendar. The main Hindu and Buddhist festivals overpower the land, throwing amazing concoction of cultural frivolities and mind-boggling celebrations. The Muslim festivals are quite modest, generally involving just the Muslim community itself, with prayers at the mosque.