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Colombo

The capital of Sri Lanka, the bustling city of Colombo is the largest city and commercial centre of Sri Lanka. Colombo has a pleasant mix of old and new, with architecture of the colonial past standing alongside modern structures. There are several points of interest that are conveniently accessible by foot. The well-preserved old buildings include the Old Parliament and the National Museum. A must see attraction is the Fort, which was originally built by the Portuguese and later used by the Dutch to protect the city. Adjacent to the Fort is Colombo’s leading bazaar district, Pettah. Each street has developed its own specialised characteristic - some streets are famous for glass, mirrors and electrical goods, while others are dedicated to semi-precious gems, jewellery, watches and handicrafts. Visitors can be awed by the fantastic bargains offered at shops; many popular brands are manufactured and exported from Sri Lanka and can be bought at a fraction of the UK price. For those preferring air-conditioning to hot open air, there are malls, boutiques and outlets throughout the city. The city is packed with things to do; keen explorers will love the temples, churches and historical architecture and the happy-go-lucky traveller will enjoy casinos and nightclubs. For the cultured, there are theatres and museums while for the fun loving, experience a live cricket match or band. Colombo is an ideal location to start your Sri Lankan journey.

Accommodation in Colombo

Pegasus Reef Hotel

Pegasus Reef Hotel

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Taj Samudra Colombo

Taj Samudra Colombo

Holidays from £819 per person

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Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo

Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo

Holidays from £859 per person

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Cinnamon Grand Colombo

Cinnamon Grand Colombo

Holidays from £939 per person

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Hilton Colombo

Hilton Colombo

Holidays from £969 per person

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Whale Watching Tour Sri Lanka

Whale Watching Tour Sri Lanka

Holidays from £1209 per person

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