The Gangarama Temple In Beira Lake, Seema Malakaya
The Gangarama Temple In Beira Lake, Seema Malakaya

Colombo

A city where luxury hotels rub shoulders with market bazaars, Colombo is an enchanting contrast of new world glam and ancient tradition. Once heralded the “garden city of the East”, Sri Lanka’s commercial capital is unlike anywhere else. Experience a city of senses with our Colombo travel guide. 

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Places to stay

There are plenty of places to stay in Colombo. For reasonably priced accommodation look to Dwell, a Japanese inspired design hotel. After a glitzy-sea-view-chandelier-in-the-lobby experience? We recommend the Shangri-La. Sitting right next to the sea, this five-star, 500-room, behemoth hotel is luxury at its finest. If you want a side of history with your accommodation, book a room at the Galle Face Hotel. Built in 1864, the colossal white building, complete with plantation shutters and dark wood floors is the perfect place to relax and watch the waves wash the green lawn with the obligatory gin and tonic in hand. Budget travellers head to Star Anise, a boutique alternative to a hostel.

Things to do

With plenty of history and culture, you’ll find much to see and do in Colombo. Discover the National Museum and learn more about Sri Lankan’s turbulent history.Shopaholics, visit the bustling markets of Pettah and try your luck bartering for goods and produce.

Grab lunch at the Ministry of Crab in the Old Dutch Hospital and be prepared to get your hands dirty, this is a hands-on experience. Pick up a fresh coconut juice and walk down the Galle Face Green to the Galle Face Hotel. If you’re there early enough, the hotel’s buffet breakfast is out of this world. Sit down on the sunny deck with a fresh mimosa and get stuck into Sri Lanka’s traditional breakfast hoppers, a pancake made from rice flour shaped like a bowl. Spicy curry and a cracked egg are served inside the pancake bowl.

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Disclaimer: ^ Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 value unless otherwise specified, for hotel stays booked through qantas.com/hotels, except Classic Hotel Rewards and Airbnb bookings. Points Club members will earn 25% more Qantas Points, and Points Club Plus members will earn 50% more Qantas Points. Qantas Points will be credited to your account at least 8 weeks after check-out. Qantas Points may be earned by the member in whose name the booking is made. Members will not be able to earn points on additional charges paid to the accommodation provider for extras (including cots, breakfasts and other incidentals) on check-in or check-out (as applicable).  

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