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colombo sri lanka

Cosmopolitan Colombo is the economic and political capital of Sri Lanka.

It's busy and bustling, but with many attractive features.  One thing is for sure, all international traveller arrive in Colombo and we recommend heading straight to the calming sanctuary of The Wallawwa, just 20 minutes from the airport.  It's an exceptional boutique hideaway with a swimming pool in its extensive gardens and a fabulous spa.

For a slice of grand colonial elegance in the heart of Colombo (and about 50 minutes from the airport) we would highly recommend Galle Face Hotel. Set on the sea front and brillianyly located for shopping and sightseeing.  

The Fort, Cinnamon Gardens and Pettah, one of the older districts, are particular historical highlights, while the Beira Lake, and green parks and canals that interject the city provide a contrasting natural beauty.

If you want to get off the plane and head straight off to the nearest great value beach resort, we would recommend Avani Kalutara or Ayurveda Maha Gedara - which offers an excellent selection of Ayurveda treatments and programmes from its calming beachside location - as does the nearby Lanka Princess.  All of these hotels are about 90 minutes south of Colombo airport.

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Beach and Cultural Triangle

11 nights from £1,965 per person
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Weather & Seasons

Best from December to April, but really a year-round destination.

From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half, while the dry season here lasts from December to March. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C.

Everything else

  • Flying time from London:  Just under 11 hours direct flight to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo
  • Currency:  Sri Lanka Rupees
  • Language:  Sinhalese, Tamil and English
  • Visa requirements:  Required, see below
  • Time difference:  GMT +5.5 hours


All visitors to Sri Lanka require a visa. You can obtain a short stay visa (up to 30 days) via an online visa process


Please consult your doctor for advice on all medical matters relating to travelling in Sri Lanka.


Flights to Sri Lanka are available from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

avani kalutara

avani kalutara

colombo, sri lanka    room per night from ¬£60

Sitting on a peninsular where a river meets the ocean, Avani Kalutara blends Sri Lankan culture and sleek, contemporary design with a warm and easy going ambience.

jetwing blue negombo

jetwing blue negombo

colombo, sri lanka    room per night from ¬£85

Jetwing Blue is contemporary hotel, occupying a spectacular location and set within 2Ĺ acres of palm tree gardens, overlooking a gorgeous stretch of beach.

jetwing beach negombo

jetwing beach negombo

colombo, sri lanka    room per night from ¬£100

Located on the golden sands of Negombo, Jetwing Beach is an ideal stop over on arrival at Colombo or for your last night before flying home. Or for longer...

the wallawwa

the wallawwa

colombo, sri lanka    room per night from ¬£110

The Wallawwa is an ideal stop-over on arrival in Colombo or on your way home. It's only 20 minutes from the airport but feels like a million miles away.

galle face hotel

galle face hotel

colombo, sri lanka    room per night from ¬£130

Galle Face Hotel is an elegant, old colonial building situated right on the seafront in central Colombo.

lanka princess hotel

lanka princess hotel

colombo, sri lanka    7 nights all inclusive from ¬£1,200

Lanka Princess is known for its bespoke Ayurvedic treatments and great value all-inclusive adult-only accommodation, helping guests revive, relax and revitalize in the beautiful surroundings of the Indian Oceanís sun drenched beaches

ayurveda maha gedara

ayurveda maha gedara

colombo, sri lanka    7 nights all inclusive from ¬£1,550

Set within acres of lush tropical gardens, Ayurveda Maha Gedara combines comfortable accommodation with professional Ayurveda treatment facilities for a holiday that will leave you feeling revitalised and ready to face the world again.