Colombo, the bustling capital city of Sri Lanka, has something for everyone! A strategic port on the ancient Spice Route, the city is a potpourri of colonial influence, from the British to the Portuguese and Dutch. Verdant vistas, quaint old shops and chic bars vie for attention alongside colonial architecture and some of the swankiest hotels on this side of the world! The busy Pettah Market is a treasure trove for travelers and locals alike, while the fort offers a perspective on the city’s rich history. Lush gardens, designer boutiques and the ritual of high tea are hallmarks of local life, as is cricket, Sri Lanka’s most popular sport!

Highlights

  • Geoffrey Bawa Architecutral Excursion
  • Temples and Mosques
  • Independence Square

 Places to stay

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Havelock Place Bunglow

Hotel Style: Boutique

Set in the heart of the city this 7 bed room hotel is converted from a colonial twin bungalow and has been recently renovated to offer an oasis of quiet elegance in this wonderfully chaotic and noisy city.  See Hotel

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Kingsbury

Hotel Style: International

Set in a prime location overlooking the Indian Ocean, The Kingsbury is a short walk away from the many attractions of Colombo.  See Hotel

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Tintagel Hotel

Hotel Style: Boutique

Set in a stunning colonial building with political heritage to boot - the house is owned by Sri Lankaメs first family - The Tintagel Colombo offers ten luxury rooms in inimitable chic and understated style.  See Hotel

 Things to do

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

Spend a half day at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, a three hour drive (80km) from Negombo. Witness the biggest herd of captive pachyderms in the world who journey to the river twice a day to bathe. Managed by the Sri Lanka Wildlife Department, Pinnawala encourages both breeding and aiding the recovery and release of injured wild elephants back into the forest. The little jumbos, orphaned as their parents were victims of poachers/accidents, also splash about. Learn how they are tamed, reared and trained by their human keepers (known as mahouts) who bottle feed and bathe them.

Gbawa Arch Highlights

Enjoy an experience of some of the amazing architectural highlights of one of Sri Lanka’s highly celebrated architects

Golf

Enjoy a round of Golf at the historic Colombo Nuwara Eliya Golf Course. This course is known for its beautiful natural design and frustrating challenges. Enjoy the serenity and aesthetics of your surroundings as you walk through this amazing course.

City Highlights of Colombo

Tour of the teeming, colorful and fascinating city of Colombo. Visit historic and interesting landmarks of Colombo including the exciting Pettah bazaar area, temples and mosques, town hall, residential area of Cinnamon Gardens, Independence Square, Old Parliament and the sea front at Galle Face Green.

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