Travel Guide to Colombo

The complete tour guide to Colombo, find information about the city's famous attractions, a list of things to do and much more. Book hotels at the best price and reserve your table at the top restaurants.

Colombo Overview

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About Colombo

One thing is for sure, you'll never get bored in Colombo! The commercial capital is bursting with activities to do and places to explore. From the nightclubs to the historic places, to a variety of food corners there is something for everyone to enjoy in this vast city. In Colombo, you'll find a healthy balance of a modern lifestyle infused within the historical and colonial buildings.

Located in the western province Colombo is the largest and most developed city in Sri Lanka. It's next to the capital of Sri Lanka Sri Jayawardanapura, Kotte.

Getting into Colombo

Colombo is one of the easiest places to gain access to in Sri Lanka either by train, bus or a private vehicle. There are several direct trains and buses that leave for the big city. Check for more information on train schedules. If you are travelling to Colombo from the airport then it's easier to hire a taxi from the airport itself. Check for more information on rates.

Getting around Colombo

Most Sri Lankans travel around cities and towns by tuk-tuk aka three wheelers. Note that it's a rule of thumb to fix the price before getting into a tuk-tuk to avoid paying more than required unless of course the tuk has a meter. It will also help if you can ask locals how much it’s to get to your destination just to be sure you are paying the right amount. Having said that you can also travel by bus which is the most affordable way and you can ask locals to help you. The bus conductors will also be able to help you in any way that they can. Make sure you have small change in the form of coins and notes when going by bus instead of large notes. For example Rs.50, 20, 10 and a few coins.

Top things to do in Colombo

Colombo is bursting with activities and places that you can explore. Scroll above and click on our 'What to see' section to discover and explore more of Colombo.

Tuk tuk numbers:

  • PickMe: This is an app that helps you access metered tuks around the area you are in. For more info visit
  • Online Cabs: Call 072 1820 820 to hire a tuk-tuk or nano cab (which is a mini version of a cab).
  • Fair Tax: Call 011 7 588588 to hire a tuk-tuk and request a driver to your location.

Cab number:

  • Kangaroo Cabs: Call 011 2 588588 for large cabs. Although they are slightly more than the usual rate the ride is comfortable.