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Colombo

About

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 brilliantly 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.

Useful information

Flight times

Flying time from London:  Just under 11 hours direct flight to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo

Currency

Sri Lanka Rupees

Time difference

GMT +5.5 hours

Visa requirements

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

Weather

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.

When to travel

Where to stay

Evening View of the Avani Kalutara Sri Lanka

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Pool at Jetwing Blue Negombo Sri Lanka

Jetwing Blue is contemporary hotel, occupying a spectacular location and set within 2.5 acres of palm tree gardens, overlooking a gorgeous stretch of beach....

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Pool and hotel at Jetwing Beach Negombo Sri Lanka

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...

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Gardens & Pool at the Wallawwa Sri Lanka

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...

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Galle Face Hotel Sri Lanka

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

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Lanka Princess Hotel Sri Lanka

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...

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Pool at Ayurveda Maha Gedara Sri Lanka

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...

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