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Top Attractions in Colombo

Colombo is one of the most popular cultural hotspots in Sri Lanka due to its numerous museums and galleries. Top draws for a cultural escapade in the city include Dutch Period Museum, Natural History Museum, National Museum of Colombo, Lionel Wendt Memorial Art Centre, Casa Serena Art Gallery and Sapumal Foundation. Nature lovers should definitely visit the Zoological Gardens and watch the picturesque sunset at Galle Face Green Promenade. Those interested in retail therapy should make their way to popular shopping haunts such as Pettah Market and Majestic City, while cheap handicraft may be bought at Barefoot, Lakpahana and Paradise Road.

Colombo Airport Information

Bandaranaike International Airport and Ratmalana Airport are the two international airports serving Colombo and its nearby areas. Among these, the Bandaranaike Airport is the busier one and it is located only a short distance away from the city centre. This modern terminal features a variety of duty free shopping options including electronics, imported fragrances and liquor. The domestic terminal located on premises allows foreign travellers to connect with popular destinations within Sri Lanka. Key passenger amenities available at this world class airport include luxurious lounges, snazzy eateries as well as a range of services for visually and physically challenged travellers.

Flight Tickets to Colombo

The metropolis of Colombo features exceptional connectivity by air with leading destinations across the world. Popular choices among Britons seeking air tickets to Colombo from key UK airports include the national carriers SriLankan Airlines and British Airways. Leading Middle Eastern carriers who provide travellers from the UK with cheap flights to Colombo include Etihad, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Oman Air. Other carriers who operate scheduled flights to the metropolis from London Heathrow include KLM Royal Dutch, Air France, Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines and Cathay Pacific. As these are long-haul flights, many of these operations feature one or more stops at the hub airport of the carrier.

Colombo Accommodation Options

Colombo is the capital city of Sri Lanka and its largest metropolis hence it is visited by thousands of foreign tourists every year hence the city features numerous accommodation options that suit every budget. For a truly opulent stay experience in the city, top draws are Park Street Hotel, Taj Samudra, Cinnamon Lakeside, Cinnamon Grand, Ceylon Continental, Casa Colombo and Tintagel. Top mid-range hotels in the metropolis include Galadari, Havelock Place Bungalow, Clarion Palm Village Hotel and Galle Face Hotel. The city is also home to numerous relatively inexpensive hotels and guest houses that are most suitable for backpackers and students visiting Colombo.

Best Time to Visit Colombo

Colombo features a tropical climate with hot humid summer months hence the months of May and June are best avoided when planning a trip to the city. The most favourable weather is during the winter months till early spring, hence tourist traffic spikes during the months of December to March. The increased demand leads cheap flights and accommodations to vanish like greased lighting during the period. The shoulder season for this metropolis include the months of August and September, which feature moderately good weather, but fewer tourists. These months are best for budget travellers seeking deals on air tickets and hotels for a holiday in Colombo.

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