Colombo is more than just a gateway to Sri Lanka. Discover its colonial history, great local food and vibrant culture.

In recent years the city of Colombo has blossomed, emerging as a must-see destination. It's the perfect destination to start your adventure in Sri Lanka, but be sure to take the time to discover it's monuments, architecture, beaches, fine dining and shopping.

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One perfect day in Colombo

Planning a perfect day in Colombo is easier said than done. Make plans in Sri Lanka's sunny capital and it will find a way to distract you, shuffle your schedule and insist that you move at its pace.

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With plenty of history and culture, you’ll find much to see and do in Colombo. Here are some highlights.

Where to go

Day and weekend trips

Just an hour's drive from Colombo, the mangroves of the scenic Madu River are waiting to be explored. From there, you can also continue on to Galle to find turtle hatcheries and the Galle Dutch Fort, a 17th century UNESCO heritage site. Stop for lunch by the beach, and watch the local stilt fisherman casting their nets.

Four hours from Colombo you'll find Kandy, the last kingdom of Sri Lanka. The Temple of the Tooth, built in 1595, is centred around the canine tooth of Buddha is a must-visit. Be sure to stop by the Spice Garden in Mawanella or the Tea Factory in Giragama on the way for a glimpse into local industry.

Sri Lanka is also well known for its soft, sandy beaches. Check out the south coast for a relaxing and scenic break.

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Explore Sri Lanka’s serene South Coast

Delight in the calm on this island nation.

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Quick facts

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Colombo has pleasant weather for most of the year, though monsoon season generally lasts between June and September.

Getting around

From the airport

There are some taxi counters at the airport, but it’s advisable to agree on the fare before departing. If arriving late, you may also choose to head to Negombo for the night which is a little closer to the international airport.

In and around the city

In the city, getting around by tuk tuk is generally the most convenient option, however you’ll also find air-conditioned ‘TATA Nano’ taxi cars in service. For long distance travel, buses can be an affordable option but check the services to confirm schedules, departure points and whether there is luggage space. Private cars can also be arranged with or without a drivers.

Car hire

Book car hire with Avis, Budget, Hertz and Thrifty. Qantas Frequent Flyer members could earn Qantas Points with Avis and Budget.

Getting you there

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