Colombo (CMB) Sri Lanka

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Colombo, which used to be the national capital of Sri Lanka until 1978 is now designated as the commercial, cultural and industrial capital. Famous destinations include the National Museum, Mount Lavinia Beach, Viharamahadevi Park and the Galle Face Green. Some of the city’s charms lie in its ruins and colonial buildings amid the city’s modernity. It has several restaurants, entertainment venues, shopping districts, hotels and corporate offices. Colombo has been widely known among ancient traders that come to its deep harbour at least 2,000 years ago.

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Flying into Colombo

The closest airport to Colombo is Bandaranaike International, which is located in the coast north of the city in Katunayake and near Negombo. From the airport to Colombo by taxi will take about one hour, including the traffic, which is half of the actual travel time. The secondary international airport is Rajapaksa International, located in Hambanthota and is five hours away from the city. Sri Lankan Airlines provides air service to and from Colombo, with flights coming from Asia and the Middle East, Europe and Australia. Emirates, Etihad, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines are the other airlines that have flights to Colombo. 

Must See in Colombo

The National Museum of Colombo

You will understand the rich history of the country in the largest museum in Sri Lanka, which was established by then British Governor William Gregory in1877.

Galle Face Green

The promenade, called Galle Face Green is a half-kilometre long strip of open space running along the coast of the Indian Ocean, affording visitors a wonderful view of the ocean. It runs parallel to Galle Road. There are still some cannons in the area that were used during the war.

Kelaniya Temple of Sri Lanka

It is located just eight kilometres away from Colombo. Situated in the Kelani River, the Buddhist temple is famous for its numerous sculptures and paintings.

Dehiwala Zoo

A German family established the zoo in 1926. It is now operated by the government and houses several mammals, birds, fish and reptiles. The late afternoon elephant show is its major attraction.

Technology has caught up in Colombo and most shopping centers are Wi-Fi enabled. Buy leather goods, garments and handicrafts in Colombo.

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Temperature average in December

22.6 - 31.2°C

Rainfall average in December

23.6 mm

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