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Sri Lanka’s thriving capital which blends old and new.

Colombo, Sri Lanka’s enigmatic coastal capital city, is a bustling metropolis that once functioned the main port for the Portuguese, Dutch and British. Colombo is a colorful tapestry of various cultures and is one of the best places to explore all of Sri Lanka’s history, from ancient Buddhist temples and stunning colonial architecture to the modern shops and art galleries that line the capital’s streets. Those seeking an exciting nightlife will welcome the wide range of bars and restaurants that have emerged in recent years, which cover a variety of international cuisine as well as offer traditional Sri Lankan delicacies. Wander round Colombo (or go on a tuk tuk tour) and see the historic, sea-facing Galle Face Green, a host of temples, churches, kovils and mosques, the tranquil Viharamahadevi Park, National Museum, Colombo Fort and various art galleries selling local pieces.

Fun Facts

  • In November 1890, the famous Russian writer Chekhov spent two nights at Grand Oriental Hotel. He said Sri Lanka is ‘where Paradise is located’.

Experiences & Things to Do at Colombo

Artisan tea tasting with a contemporary tea expert - Colombo -  Sri Lanka In Style
Artisan tea tasting with a contemporary tea expert

Guided by an experienced host, you will be taken on the journey of tea, from its history to the perfect way to brew your drink.

Colombo by tuk tuk - Colombo -  Sri Lanka In Style
Colombo by tuk tuk

Accompanied by a trained, English-speaking driver, explore the streets of Colombo in the most exhilarating and authentic way possible – by tuk tuk!

Creative writer’s workshop with a Sri Lankan novelist - Colombo -  Sri Lanka In Style
Creative writer’s workshop with a Sri Lankan novelist

Travel into the mind of a Sri Lankan novelist during his creative writing workshop.

Exploring Colombo’s backstreets - Colombo -  Sri Lanka In Style
Exploring Colombo’s backstreets

An insightful guided walk through some of Colombo’s most historically and culturally rich areas.

Hidden history city walking tours - Colombo -  Sri Lanka In Style
Hidden history city walking tours

Discover the history of Colombo through the city’s colonial architecture with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable host.

High tea at the Galle Face Hotel - Colombo -  Sri Lanka In Style
High tea at the Galle Face Hotel

Indulge in a sumptuous spread presented on three-tiered plates whilst looking onto the Indian Ocean beyond.

Night Cycling City Tour - Colombo -  Sri Lanka In Style
Night Cycling City Tour

One of the best ways to take in Colombo is by exploring at night. Go on a cycling adventure through the illuminated streets, guided with the utmost safety

Urban Tea - Colombo -  Sri Lanka In Style
Urban Tea

Get an insight into Sri Lanka's booming and historic tea industry by taking a guided tour of one of the oldest tea factories in Sri Lanka.

Private home cooking class - Colombo -  Sri Lanka In Style
Private home cooking class

Learn how to cook like a Sri Lankan with a no-fuss approach that allows you to whip a range of well-loved local dishes thanks to your helpful host.

The life and works of Geoffrey Bawa – Colombo - Colombo -  Sri Lanka In Style
The life and works of Geoffrey Bawa – Colombo

Guided by a knowledgeable and engaging host, discover some of the works of iconic architect Geoffrey Bawa and explore the life he led in Colombo.

Colombo’s cultural walk - Colombo -  Sri Lanka In Style
Colombo’s cultural walk

Explore Colombo’s cultural diversity with a host as he takes you to a variety of religious sites in the city which has shaped the island’s identity.


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