Where to stay in Colombo: Best areas for travelers
- Thimbirigasyaya: Bellagio Casino and Elphinstone Theatre are just two places where you can enjoy a bit of fun after sunset in this area. After living it up, you'll need to sleep it off. For a comfortable bed, you can't go past the Trillium Hotel, the Hotel Relax On Torrington and The Colombo Seven.
- Colombo 03: Home to Liberty Plaza and Crescat Shopping Mall, there are tons of great deals to snap up in this area. If you're going to shop till you drop, find yourself a cozy room at the Whitehouse Residencies, the Comfort@15 Hotel Colombo or the Juliana Hotel Colombo. You'll be within reach of the retail action.
- Kollupitiya: If you want to spend the night someplace welcoming, the Whitehouse Residencies, the Comfort@15 Hotel Colombo and the Juliana Hotel Colombo are some options to consider here. Once you're well rested, keep that relaxed vibe going with a roam around Galle Face Green.
- Colombo 05: There are plenty of things to do and places to spend your evenings in this neighborhood. A few places to look into are the TeaTalk, the Best Western Elyon Colombo and the Hotel Located Near the Park. Be sure to snap pictures of Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple while you're here — it's one of the area's top attractions.
Popular places to visit in Colombo
Experience a mixture of Indian, Dutch, and British cultures during Colombo vacations. The capital of the tiny island nation of Sri Lanka, off the southern coast of India, features ancient culture with modern touches just waiting to be explored.
Colombo vacation packages give you many cultural places to experience. Start your tour at the National Museum of Colombo, where you can see artifacts dating back millennia. If contemporary art is more your style, tour local galleries in the city center. Visit the Gangarama Vihara Temple to explore stone carvings and brass Buddhist art. There are numerous churches and temples here to tour, with unique examples of architecture pulling from the different cultures that have occupied the island. Gambling is legal in here, so stay in inexpensive hotels in Colombo to have plenty to spend at the baccarat table. Nature lovers will want to visit Dehiwala Zoological Garden, which has over 30 acres of local flora and fauna.
Recurring Festivals and Events
Celebrating is commonplace in a city of over five million people. There are many festivals to take part in all year. May brings Vesak, Buddhists' biggest festival honoring Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and passing into Nirvana. Streets are adorned in color, and you can enjoy free food from local vendor booths. In August, be sure to check out Colombo rental cars to visit the Kataragama Esala Festival in the south. Over two weeks are spent honoring Shanda, the son of Shiva, on chariots, in water ceremonies, and on a fire walk. In November, you can watch a parade of vintage vehicles, European luxury cars, mounted horses, and festively decorated elephants during the Nalanda Walk, a parade to celebrate the educational endeavors of students.
Book your packages to Colombo with Travelocity and you can save up to $537 when you book a hotel and flight at the same time. From historic sites to the colorful world of Sri Lanka, Colombo will leave you wanting more.
Tours and Activities in Colombo
The awesome thing about traveling is that you don't always need to chase after new experiences — they're right in front of you! So unpack your bags, kick back and prepare to make some amazing new memories.
You'll never be at a loss for things to do in Colombo. If you need help deciding on what to do, here are some suggestions:
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