Cannon pointing towards the sea in Colombo

Colombo Tours and Travels

About Colombo

Capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is a dynamic city filled with good hotels, restaurants, shopping and the charming legacy of colonial beginnings. Just off the north end of Galle Road, the city's main road and centre of activity, is the Fort, once a colonial stronghold but now the site of many government buildings. To the south is Galle Face Green, a seaside expanse where informal cricket games are played out amongst city folk. Just east of the Fort is the Pettah, the traditional bazaar where you can enjoy a colourful retail experience.

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The two World Trade Centre towers used to be the most recognized landmarks of the city. Before these towers were completed in 1997, the adjacent Bank of Ceylon tower was the tallest structure and the most prominent landmark of the city. Another important landmark of the city is the Independence Hall at Independence Square in Cinnamon Gardens. Even before the parliament was built, the Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque was recognized as the landmark of Colombo by sailors approaching the port. Another landmark is St. Paul's Church Milagiriya, one of the oldest churches in Sri Lanka, first built by the Portuguese and re-built by the British in 1848.

Due to its large harbour and its strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, Colombo was used by ancient traders some 2,000 years ago. However, it was only made the capital of the island when Sri Lanka was ceded to the British Empire in 1815. Today the influence of the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British is clearly visible in Colombo and architecture from all three eras stand in their glory as reminders of the turbulent past.

Colombo Tours

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Colombo Hotels

If you are planning a Colombo holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Casa Colombo Colombo

Our Category: Lavish   |   Regional Category: Luxury Boutique Hotel

Set in a 200 year old moorish mansion, Casa Colombo is a luxury boutique property with just 12 suite rooms. Every suite offers high levels of elegance, luxury and exclusive room amenities including a personal concierge service. The Casa has a number of excellent restaurants and bars including ZAZA Bar - a curious glass cube that contains and ultra chic luxurious setting. Why not head to the relaxing Poolside Lounge for cocktails at sunset? A great way to end the day. Perfectly located in Bambalapitiya in Colombo 4, the heart of Colombo’s business district.

Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Voted one of the best 5 star hotels in Colombo, the Cinnamon Lakeside is the perfect urban getawary with elegant and spacious rooms and excellent facilities. All guestrooms have a spectacular view of either the city's skyline or the tranquil waters of the Beira Lake and feature a pillow menu for the ultimate night's sleep and WiFi. The Azmaara Spa offers a tantalizing range of treatments administered by Balinese therapists. The resort also houses ten different restaurants, considered the best in Colombo, including the specialty lounge bar, 7 Degrees North.

Galle Face Hotel Colombo

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Built in 1864 and a popular haunt for royalty, world leaders and celebrities alike, the Galle Face Hotel is an icon on the Colombo seafront. Elegance and tradition walk hand in hand here with rooms beautifully furnished and all affording spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. Sipping a cocktail on the Veranda is a great way to enjoy a glorious sunset. The hotel is perfectly located on the seafront in central Sri Lanka.

OZO Colombo Colombo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

OZO Colombo is a modern and stylish hotel, with sweeping Indian Ocean views from its rooftop infinity pool and many of its rooms. There's free WIFI access throughout the hotel and the guestrooms are bright and airy with all modern amenities. OZO is centrally located on Marine Drive, near Galle Road and just a 10 minute drive from the city centre.

The Ocean Colombo Colombo

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Located in the heart of Sri Lanka's capital, the Ocean Colombo hotel consists of 49 rooms, each commanding staggeringly beautiful views out over the Indian Ocean. The rooms are decorated with neutral whites and beiges, accompanied by rich mahogany and kitted out with plush furnishings. Guests can feast in style at the various dining options within the hotel, whether it be a breakfast buffet, quick sandwich or sumptuous dinner under the stars. For those in need of some relaxation, the hotel has a roof top plunge pool and a spa.

Colombo Tailor made suggestions

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