Colombo, Sri Lanka’s commercial capital and largest urban hub is the enchanting gateway to the island. It is an intriguing representation of a cosmopolitan society, modern values, and contemporary Sri Lankan life. The quiet colonial edifices looming behind the everchanging skyline of modern Colombo features an intriguing mix of old-world charm and modern versatility, setting it apart from the rest of the country. Colombo remains an amicable, accepting, easy going and suave cosmopolitan metropolis, making it the island’s foremost link to the rest of the world.

Colombo has a wide selection of accommodation ranging from high-end luxury hotel chains to modest guesthouses catering to varying preferences and budgets. These hotels and the numerous fine-dining restaurants serve cuisine of almost all origins. The city has reasonable nightlife in its trendy pubs, bars, casinos and hotels.

The popular tourist attractions in and around the city of Colombo are the Colombo National Museum, the Dutch Museum, Dutch Hospital shopping precinct, Independence Square and Memorial Hall, Arcade Independence Square, the old Parliament Building, Pettah Floating Market,  the National Art Gallery ,Gangaramaya temple and Seemamalakaya, Red Mosque, St. Lucia’s Cathedral, St Anthony’s Church Kochchikade, Wolvendaal Church, Sammangodu Sri Kathirvelayutha Swamy Kovil, Viharamahadevi Park, Dehiwala Zoological Garden and the Galle Face Green Promenade lined with a string of five – star hotels and properties.

Take a slow walk along Colombo’s shady boulevards, stop for a cuppa at a stylish cafe, shop for local merchandise at a chic boutique en route, visit an urban park for respite, admire the restored colonial architecture, discover Sri Lanka’s past at the National Museum, rejuvenate your senses at the luxurious spas, mingle with the locals to catch a glorious sunset at the Galle Face Green and be inspired by the serenity of a city temple. With so much to offer, Colombo serves as an exciting starting point or a memorable last stop in your travel itinerary.