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Colombo,Western
Country Sri Lanka
State Western
City Colombo
Type of Location Multiple
About the Location  

Colombo is the largest city and the financial and commercial capital of Sri Lanka.

Colombo is the commercial and financial capital of Sri Lanka after the administrative capital was moved to Sri Jayewardenepura-Kotte, a suburb east of the city.

Weather wise, the best time to visit is during the North East monsoon season, which is November to April.

   
How to Reach  

By plane

There is air service to and from Colombo, provided by the national airline Sri Lankan Airlines. Flights are available from origins throughout Europe, United States, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, the Middle East, India, and Pakistan. Other airlines, include Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Etihad and Emirates. If you were to fly Emirates, you can stop over in Colombo on your way to Singapore (e.g. Dubai - Colombo - Singapore). Gulf Air operation From Bahrain to Colomno is back starting from October 2010.

By train

Trains operate from Bandaranaike International Airport to Fort, Colombo. A single one way trip costs to per person.

By bus

The Sri Lanka Transport Board is the nationalized bus service. Buses are the principal mode of transport in the county. If you cannot speak or understand Sinhalese, however, travelling by bus might prove more difficult than train travel but is entirely feasible and may be much quicker. Prepare for severe over-crowding and make sure to confirm your destination with the driver and conductor of the bus. Route No 187 connects the Katunayake Airport to the city of Colombo, and buses are available throughout the day.

By boat

Indian Ocean Cruises operates a cruise liner to Colombo as part of its itinerary along the West Coast of India and to the uninhabited Lakshwadeep Islands.

   
Key places to visit  
The National Museum of Colombo,The Natural History Museum,The Dutch Period Museum,The Sapumal Foundation,The Lionel Wendt Memorial Art Center
Places to Visit  

The National Museum of Colombo

Department of National Museums, Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo 7. Closed Fridays and all public holidays. 9AM-5PM. Also known as the Sri Lanka National Museum, it is the largest museum in Colombo. Among its exhibits, it contains regalia of the 17th century Kandyan Kings.

The Natural History Museum

Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Cinnamon Gardens, Closed Fridays and all public holidays. 9AM-5PM. This museum features Sri Lanka's floral and fauna in dioramas.

The Dutch Period Museum

95 Prince Street, Pettah, Colombo 11. Closed Fridays and all public holidays. 9AM-5PM. Historical museum documenting Dutch colonial rule in Sri Lanka. Houses Dutch-inspired artifacts.

The Sapumal Foundation

32/4 Barnes Place, The Sapumal Foundation was once home to the late Harry Pieris. Visitors are able to see his studio and art materials that have been left undisturbed over the years. This gallery also contains 200 paintings that follow the development of Sri Lankan art. Special art classes are also available at the gallery.

The Lionel Wendt Memorial Art Center

18 Guilford Crescent, Colombo 7. M-Fr 9AM-1PM and 2-4PM. The Art Center provides a multi-functional creative experience with exhibitions, art shows and stage events. Visitors to the Art Center area also able to purchase various antiques as well as paintings and crafts by contemporary Sri Lankan artists.

   
Right Time to Visit  

January - April
October - December

Temperature  

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