Travel information about Colombo (Sri Lanka)
Travel information about Colombo
Colombo (Colombo) – the largest city, financial and cultural centre of Sri Lanka. Despite the fact that officially the country's capital was moved in 1982, the neighboring city of Sri Jayawardenapura-Kotte, Colombo is still considered the most important city of the country and is seen by many as the capital. Still many website in the Internet can be found incorrect information (since 1982! :- )) that Colombo is the capital of Sri Lanka. The population of the metro area of 5.6 million people, the city slightly more than 700 000. Actually the city with the suburbs is huge in size, and if you stay in the heart of the suburb of mount Lavinia to center by bus will be reached in around an hour. Is Colombo on the West coast, closer to the southern tip of the island (see Colombo map Sri Lanka).
Historically, the development of the city had a hand in the Greeks, Persians, Romans, Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch and British. Almost all of these cultures are reflected in the architecture and attractions.
Like most Asian capitals, Colombo is a bustling city, partly built up with modern high-rise buildings. At the same time, the city has retained a distinct identity and flavor, not turned yet into a concrete jungle. Quite the contrary, most of the city consists of low-rise buildings, and sometimes just these shacks.
Tourists often stay in Colombo. It is usually used as a temporary shelter for travelers on arrival in the country through the Bandaranaike international airport, or before you decide to leave the country. And some tourists completely miss Colombo as a transit point using the closest airport Negombo town, or even going directly to the main place of rest.
However, the entire tourist infrastructure in the city there, there are even conventional tourist area, where in the evening you can walk. Places to eat and spend plenty time in the evening, there are even night clubs. Shopping can be enjoyed in shopping malls and, what is much more interesting, a lot of markets. For entertainment there is even theatres. Fans of gambling will find in Colombo casinos that operate only specially for tourists. There in Colombo even the beach in the suburban area of Mt Lavinia (the town is on the coast), and you can actually stay in a hotel in Colombo , overlooking the ocean, and even swim at the beach.
Attractions abound in the capital. This is mainly architectural attractions there are several museums, many temples, some of which are known all over the country. If you study Colombo no expense is spared to fast travel (taxi or tuk-tuk), all sightseeing Colombo will be able to see for two or three days. Well, if one of your goals is also shopping, then have to add another day.
Unfortunately, public transport in the city is not particularly developed. There are only buses, but to deal with them is not easy, so basically have to navigate by taxi, tuk-tuk or on foot. The size of the city is very large, and, for example, to get from the beaches of mount Lavinia in the center, it would take almost an hour. To get from the airport to the city is not very convenient and fast: a choice of either a local bus or taxi. The plans of the construction and launch of high-speed railway connecting the city with the airport, but its implementation has been postponed for many years.
Weather, seasons Colombo
In Colombo all year round is hot, and you can visit it in any season. The temperature rarely drops below 25 degrees. The humidity is very high.
High and low tourist seasons in Colombo are influenced by rainfall and periods of holidays.
During the year there are two rainy season: April-June and September-November. It's not the most comfortable time to visit, as there may be heavy rains, but not a reason not to go to Colombo.
The driest time of year and peak season is December – March. In the summer months of July and August rainfall too little.
The tourist seasons in Colombo by months*
* best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit
Current weather in Colombo and the forecast for the near future:
The time in Colombo
Time difference between Colombo and Moscow is +2.5 (two and half) hours in winter and summer.
Current time in Colombo:
|Moscow: +2.5||Samara: +1.5|
|Kazan: +2.5||Nizhny Novgorod: +2.5|
|Ekaterinburg: +0.5||Novosibirsk: -1.5|
|Irkutsk: -2.5||Vladivostok: -4.5|
- Currency exchange. If you arrive at Colombo airport and from there immediately travel down the country, it makes sense to change money at the airport, because in small towns of the country, the exchange rate may be disadvantageous, or even will be hard to find.
- Currency exchange. Exchanging money at the airport or in the city, you should ask for small bills (change), you will need them.
- Where to change currency in Colombo. To change money in Colombo can be everywhere, exchange offices and banks very much. The best rate we (the authors) met in the exchange offices in Colombo fort to the streets of York Street and its perpendicular lanes. But change there is no need in banks and authorized offices.
- Hotels. If you are staying in Colombo only to sleep and to go further, it makes sense to stay in a hotel near the center (closer to the Pettah area and the railway and bus stations)
- Transport. If you plan to continue the journey from Colombo around the country by bus, it is better to rise early (5 am) to 6 a.m. have to be at the bus station. Start vehicle and human traffic.
- Shopping. In Colombo there are several large shopping centers where you can find almost everything: clothes, shoes, electronics, perfumes, toys, Souvenirs, tea departments, etc., in some of them there are supermarkets, cafes and cinemas. Among the famous: Odel, Liberty Plaza, Majestic City, House of Fashion. The Pettah district (Pettah), almost all represents a huge market. Here, everything everywhere and sell something. Read more about shopping in Colombo here.