Destination:

Colombo

Colombo

Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, an enchanting island lying off India’s southern tip. These city folks go about their daily business with a cheerfulness born of optimism in this chaotic, noisy and traffic-congested metropolis.

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Seema Malaka Buddhist Temple

Designed by Sri Lanka’s leading architect Geoffrey Bawa in the late 19th century. The Seema Malaka Buddhist Temple is a peaceful oasis in the middle of hectic Colombo. Come here for some mediation and rest and be amazed by this beautiful piece of architecture and design.

Adress
Sir James Pieris Mawatha, Colombo
Pettah Market

Get a real sense of life in Colombo and experience the hustle and bustle of Sri Lanka's capital with a visit to the Pettah Market. At this busy open-air market, visitors can explore scores of shops selling everything under the sun, from fresh vegetables, spices and meats to clothing, electronics, gold and jewelry. Arrive early before trishaws and touts clog up the streets.

Adress
Pettah, Colombo
Curry Leaf

Located within the Hilton Hotel, Curry Leaf offers authentic Sri Lankan delights and an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet at a beautiful village setting. The nice ambiance and the great food is only matched by the excellent hospitality of the restaurant's staff.

Adress
Sir Chittampalam Gardiner Mawatha, 2 Lotus Road, Colombo
Palmyrah Restaurant

Indulge your taste buds with authentic Sri Lanka flavors at this fine dining restaurant located at the Hotel Renuka. Enjoy your pick of traditional Jaffna fare: milk hoppers, fried fish puttu and seafood soup as well as some tasty local desserts. As Palmyrah fills up fast, make sure to book ahead.

Adress
328 Galle Road, Colombo
Pettah Market

Get a real sense of life in Colombo and experience the hustle and bustle of Sri Lanka's capital with a visit to the Pettah Market. At this busy open-air market, visitors can explore scores of shops selling everything under the sun, from fresh vegetables, spices and meats to clothing, electronics, gold and jewelry. Arrive early before trishaws and touts clog up the streets.

Adress
Keyzer Street, Colombo
Dutch Hospital

Dating back to the colonial era, the Dutch Hospital has served as a hospital for the Dutch officers, a police station after the country's independence and in 2011, it was converted into a shopping and dining complex. A nice place to hang out, grab a bite and marvel at beautifully preserved seventeenth-century colonial architecture.

Adress
Hospital Street, Colombo

Bandaranaike International Airport

Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) is located 32km from the CBD. The simplest and quickest way to get into town is to take a taxi. Allow at least 1½ hours for your journey. Bus 187 runs every 30 minutes from 6h - 21h to Fort Bus Station. You have to take a free bus shuttle from the airport terminal to the bus stop. Be aware that the driver might try to charge tourists extra for luggage. The train station lies 500m from the airport with departures from 7h - 18h and it stops at many stations before reaching the city center. If you have heavy luggage, the best way to reach the train station is by Trishaw.

Adress
Bandaranaike International Airport - Katunayake, Sri Lanka

Passport/Visa

Citizens of the Maldives, Seychelles, and Singapore are exempt from requesting a visa. All other travelers need to submit an application online in order to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) before visiting Sri Lanka. The ETA is valid for 30 days from the date of your arrival, however it may be extended for up to six months. For more information, visit the website: