Colombo, Sri Lanka Overview

Formerly known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka means "Resplendent Land," an apt description for this beautiful island. Sri Lanka lies fifty-five miles north of the equator, just off the southern tip of India. With its unique beauty, warm climate and near-perfect beaches, Sri Lanka is one of Asia's most adored destinations. Since the sixteenth century, the Portuguese, Dutch and British have all left their architectural and cultural marks in Sri Lanka's capital of Colombo. Yet despite its colonial architecture, Sri Lanka has always remained Oriental in spirit, with colorful bazaars, dancing elephants, graceful women in saris, and many Buddhist shrines and temples.

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Colombo Private Tour for Eight People

Come discover the best of Colombo on a half-day sightseeing tour with an expert guide. Traveling com...

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Kandy Sightseeing Small Group Tour

Popularly known as the city of Senkadagalapura, Kandy was the last capital of the Sinhala kings. It...

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Batik Experience with Eric Suriyasena

Eric Suriyasena is an artist, a designer, and one of Sri Lanka’s leading Batik connoisseurs. For alm...

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Colombo Highlights Group Tour

Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, r...

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22 Colombo, Sri Lanka Port Reviews

by halk

Our excursion was private and we went out to the Pinwala Elephant Preserve and had a blast. Even got to feed the elephants. They would walk right up to you if you had fruit in your hands. Last trip we did Colombo, so we want to get out of town and worth it.


by KFP

The capital of Sri Lanka so you would expect this city to be inviting and it was. Very easy to get around with an experienced cab driver. Saw & visited all the major sites in one day. Overall quite a good stop over.


by Yikes

The tuk tuk drivers at the gate were less than honest. They told us we needed to be at another gate to return to the ship. We ignored them...and the bus to the ship was waiting for us at this gate. Our private excursion was good.

Visited: Feb 24, 2018

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by glomarrone

We have been here before so we took the 9-hour Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage tour. It was a long ride out here & back to the ship. You can take a train or a motor Coach to get here. What fun to have the elephants come right over to us searching our pockets and bags for food. It was fun watching the elephants playing & bathing themselves and we were invited to feed them bottles of milk later. We enjoyed a buffet lunch riverside.

Visited: Jan 04, 2018

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by CruiseBunys

Definitely get off the ship! Colombo is lots of fun. The people are AMAZING. As another reviewer mentioned, be careful of the Tuk Tuk drivers. They can be dishonest. We have used the same guide for all 3 visits. Dilhan Suraweera. This guy is great. +94 71 300 1374.

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