Colombo, situated in the western province, is the heartbeat of Sri Lanka. The city boasts of its historic monuments, colonial architecture, sandy beaches, the finest dining, and luxury shopping. In Colombo, you can enjoy a blend of the East and West from the hustle and bustle of a cosmopolitan lifestyle to the cultural heritage of colonial architecture.
The history of the city dates as far back as the 5th Century when Ceylon (now known as Colombo) served as a seaport between Asia and the West. The country had been taken over by the Portuguese, the Dutch and eventually the British before Sri Lanka finally gained its independence from the United Kingdom on the 4th of February 1948.
Enjoy a tuk-tuk ride around Colombo; explore Fort where the Portuguese built and extended their fortress here during their conquest and resistance. Take a walk on the streets of Pettah where you can find everything from gold to textiles to antiques from small shops and vendors. Take in the beautiful blue skies and clear waters at The Galle Face Green and so much more.
Colombo is home to some of the best cuisine in the world. Enjoy a hot roadside kottu roti or dine at one of Colombo’s many luxurious restaurants. Indulge in our sensational local cuisine with its blend of coconut milk and traditional aromatic spices. The city is also home to a verity of international flavours from Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French, and more. Colombo promises a culinary journey like no other.
Sri Lanka is famous for its handloom apparel, precious gems, and Ayurvedic treatments. Colombo has raised a generation that has incorporated culture and tradition to create high-quality products. Indulge in some luxury skincare from Spa Ceylon, shop Colombo’s finest handcrafted jewellery and bespoke apparel at PR Sri Lanka, Design Collective, and Urban Island just to name a few.
Colombo is an exceptional extension to your escapades through Sri Lanka.