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You can book up to nine passengers per booking, including adults, teenagers, children, and infants.

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Children traveling alone or in a different cabin class from their parents are considered Unaccompanied Minors and must pay the full adult fare. Please get in touch with us to book this service.

  • You can book up to nine passengers per booking, including adults, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), children, and infants.
  • Each adult or OFW passenger can bring one infant.
  • All OFWs must submit the required documents to receive the tax exemption.
  • Children traveling alone, or in a different cabin class from their parents, are considered Unaccompanied Minors and must pay the full adult fare. Please get in touch with us to book this service.
  • You can book up to nine passengers per booking, including adults, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), teenagers, children, and infants.
  • Each adult or OFW passenger can bring one infant.
  • All OFWs must submit the required documents to receive the tax exemption.
  • Children traveling alone, or in a different cabin class from their parents, are considered Unaccompanied Minors and must pay the full adult fare. Please get in touch with us to book this service.
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Flights to Colombo

Since 2009, Colombo has been enjoying a renaissance and tourism is consequently booming. Flights to Colombo will deliver you to smart new hotels, rooftop nightlife venues, fine dining restaurants, coffee shops, and art galleries, all of which are rapidly reviving the fortunes of this increasingly cosmopolitan city.

Visually, this ancient port is imbued with contrasts. Between 1505 and 1948, Sri Lanka was subject to colonial rule; the architectural styles of the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the British are still very much in evidence. Striking landmarks include the Old Dutch Hospital, now a smart restaurant and shopping precinct, as well as the lovingly restored National Museum and the Galle Face Hotel.

The up-and-coming Fort area is home to numerous colonial buildings in various states of repair, while the neighborhood of Pettah boasts a multiethnic wholesale market.

The city has no obvious center; sights, restaurants, and shops are scattered over a large area. The affluent Cinnamon Gardens district, bordered by the city’s biggest green space, the Viharamahadevi Park, has chic coffee shops, boutique hotels, and spas. Business-oriented Kollupitiya, a 15-minute walk from the World Trade Centre towers, is dotted with high-end hotel chains. Mount Lavinia, Colombo’s southernmost suburb, is where you’ll find the city’s main beach.

While Colombo doesn’t lack for smart places to stay, you can save a few rupees by opting for one of a growing number of budget and mid-range hotels and sticking to the local food joints, which dish up authentic Sri Lankan cuisine.

What to do in Colombo

Check out the art scene

Colombo’s contemporary art scene is gaining international recognition and its talented artists have more choice of representation than ever. Noted galleries include the Saskia Fernando Gallery, Hempel Galleries, and the Sapumal Foundation. Yet the best spot is open air; every day emerging artists, mostly students, display their efforts on the railings of the Viharamahadevi Park.

Viharamahadevi Park
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Enjoy a sunset on Galle Face Green

By late afternoon, the 800-meter Galle Face Green is brought to life by cricket matches, kite flyers, and picnicking families. The city’s best street food snacks are also hawked along a seaside promenade. For a bird’s-eye view of the scene, make for the Kingsbury Hotel's lofty Sky Lounge, a smart rooftop nightlife venue.

Sky Lounge
The Kingsbury Hotel
Janadhipathi Mawatha
1
+94 11 2 421 221

Shop at Paradise Road

Colombo offers some great retail therapy. For vibrant cushions, sarongs, and toys, Barefoot is hard to beat, while for elegant interior decor, Paradise Road is the go-to place. Paradise Road is a chic concept store showcasing clothes by locally lauded fashion designers and one-of-a-kind Papillon du thé jewelry.

213 Srimath Anagarika
Dharmapala Mawatha
7
+94 11 2 686 043

Where to eat in Colombo

The Gallery Café (International)

Geoffrey Bawa’s former offices provide a stylish scene for some of the city’s best international fusion cuisine. Owned by Paradise Road founder Shanth Fernando, the restaurant features monochrome interiors adorned with contemporary art and tables that spill into a lively courtyard.

2 Alfred House Road
3

Clique Supper Club & Lounge Bar (International)

This fifth-floor lounge and restaurant, attached to a buzzy nightlife venue, has floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the Lipton Circus and Union Place. Popular with Colombo's in crowd, Clique’s international menu pulls in dishes from as far afield as Japan, Mexico, and Spain; the succulent sous-vide steaks are a specialty.

Dr Colvin R De Silva Mawatha
Union Place
10
+94 767 254 783

Nuga Gama (Sri Lankan)

In the heart of Kollupitiya’s high-rise entertainment district stands this rural village–style restaurant serving a menu of Sinhala cuisine that changes daily. The scene is man-made, but the sarong-clad stewards, the magnificent banyan tree, and the authentic dishes (order the jackfruit seed curry) make it feel traditional.

The Cinnamon Grand
77 Galle Road
3
+94 11 2 497 468

Places to stay in Colombo

OZO Colombo

Located on the seafront along Marine Drive, this affordable high-rise offers rooms that are slick and contemporary, many with superb sea views. The rooftop of the hotel houses ON14, where you’ll find a pool and nightlife venue.

36–38 Clifford Place
Marina Place
4
+94 11 2 555 570

The Cinnamon Grand

From the minute you check into the Cinnamon Grand, you know you’re in for an excellent stay. It houses excellent dining options (notably Nuga Gama and The Lagoon), a resort-style pool, and well-equipped rooms. There are rooms to suit all budgets, right up to penthouse suites, and most of them offer city views.

77 Galle Road
Galle Face
+94 11 2 437 437

Casa Colombo Hotel

Proprietor Lalin Jinasena single-handedly designed every piece of furniture at this luxurious retro-chic hotel in Colombo’s central business district. The hotel is popular with couples and business travelers; the exterior of the 200-year-old Moorish mansion is a complete contrast to the 12 slick suites and pink pool inside.

231 Galle Road
4
+94 11 4 520 130

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