Travel information about Colombo (Sri Lanka)

Travel information about Colombo

Коломбо, Шри-Ланка Colombo Fort

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.

Коломбо, Шри-Ланка The view from the window of old town hall Colombo

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.

Центр медитаций Seema Malakaya, Коломбо, Шри-Ланка The meditation center Seema Malakaya

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 realized it would most likely not before 2016.

Weather, seasons Colombo

Коломбо, Шри-Ланка The beach at mount Lavinia in 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.

Seasons in Colombo by months*

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
                       

* best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit

Colombo weather 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:

Helpful information

Коломбо, Шри-Ланка In the Pettah district sell everything!

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.

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.

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin 03 Jan 2015, 11:41
Well, this is for you to decide for yourself whether or not to deprive yourself of even a couple of days at the beach in favor of a big hectic city. Read everything we have about Colombo on the website, will have a General idea. I personally always necessarily visit the capital (although Colombo is not the capital, but almost the capital) as I like big cities, but Colombo, I was somewhat disappointed. Well, you know, I would not say that without a visit to Colombo can not survive. ...
Innes 09 Feb 2015, 13:11
Hello! Tell me, please, is there any point in trying to go from the Airport to the bus station to go with it in Negombo under the condition that the aircraft arrives in the area of 22.00 in the evening? Or by tuk-tuk to Negombo?
I also heard that Sri Lanka falls asleep after 19.00... hope to our arrival in the guest (I think after 00.00), we will have someone to meet and settle? ...
admin 09 Feb 2015, 13:18
It makes no sense to the station. While pass control, change money, have exactly no buses will not catch. About to meet and settle this time in the guest if not booked in advance - wouldn't risk it. Although Negombo later falls asleep, still conventionally developed, turrion, then don't sleep until 21:00 !!! But not before midnight for sure. Better book in advance at least for one night, then you definitely will wait and let. ...
12 Feb 2015, 09:04
Thank you! ...
vitalka787 06 Dec 2016, 21:04
Good afternoon, do not tell me the cost of renting lockers at the railway station in Colombo fort , I want to leave winter clothes. Thanks in advance ...
admin 07 Dec 2016, 04:50
I haven't checked, but according to sources on the Internet saw that 60 rupees per day. Even if it's not an exact figure, in any case, somewhere within these limits. I will try tomorrow to see their photos more accurately, so as usual all prices and schedules FOTA can where caught in the frame, there is simply no way to watch. ...
vitalka787 09 Dec 2016, 19:24
Thank You So Much)) ...
Alexa 13 Jan 2017, 10:06
Good day! how are the flights in connection with the repair of the Colombo airport? There is a delay? Queue? Thank you. ...
Vyacheslav Chita on 12 may 2017, 10:57
Hello, pliz tell me where to look for the bus with номер187 . Everywhere , some people write after leaving the airport, turn left , turn right others write . How to look for bass . Thank you! ...
admin 12 may 2017, 11:19
Hello Sheri! All information is different, because at various times he apparently was sent from different places or simply different tourists caught it on the way. Three years ago he was left at the site, ogorojennaja fence from stacks, netting, car Park. If the situation has not changed, look for it there. But for reliability it is better to ask on the spot, not on the street, the taxi drivers, they immediately say that there is nothing, and inside the airport at the employees at the front Desk and tourist information for example. Make sure you double check/ask again information from several people. ...