The city of Colombo is the capital and largest city of the vibrant island of Sri Lanka and it is one of the islands´s busiest tourist and business destinations.
One of the great areas to stay in Colombo is Kollupitiya which has been transformed and is now one of the most thriving commercial districts in Colombo with a host of restaurants, hotels, shops and street sellers. This multi-cultural area offers a unique chance to experience the authentic Colombo. The area is also the location of Sri Lanka´s largest museum; the National Museum, where you can view first-hand more than 2000 years of history and offers a wonderful insight intothe local culture and the country´s rich colonial history.
Artistic tourists will like the neighbourhood of Wellawatte which is the best area to stay to experince to the city’s artistic community. This area is overrun with jewellery and textile shops. Tourists are especially encouraged to visit Gandhara Shop, a lifestyle concept store with authentic crafts and home wares. The Savoy Cinema is located in a wonderfully renovated older building in Wellawette. The Wellawatte Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Colombo and is re-knowned for high-quality seafood restaurants.
Borella is the idea area to stay for a peace and quiet on a visit in Colombo. This area of the city has many small hotels and has less shops and restaurants. Despite this it’s a short distance from Kollupitiya, making it very accessible to the main cultural activities, shopping, restaurants, and nightlife.