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

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Children travelling alone, or in a different cabin class to their parents, are considered Unaccompanied Minors and 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 Filippino Workers (OFW), children and infants.
  • Each adult & OFW passenger can bring one infant.
  • All OFWs must submit the required documents to avail the tax exemption.
  • Children travelling alone, or in a different cabin class to their parents, are considered Unaccompanied Minors and 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 Filippino Workers (OFWs), teenagers, children and infants.
  • Each adult & OFW passenger can bring one infant.
  • All OFWs must submit the required documents to avail the tax exemption.
  • Children travelling alone, or in a different cabin class to their parents, are considered Unaccompanied Minors and 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 and 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 neighbourhood of Pettah boasts a multi-ethnic wholesale market.

The city has no obvious centre; 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

Enjoy a sunset on Galle Face Green

By late afternoon, the 800m-long Galle Face Green is brought to life by cricket matches, kite flying and families picnicking. 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
48 Janadhipathi Mawatha
1
+94 11 2 421 221

Explore with Colombo City Walks

To really get to grips with Colombo, experience it first-hand with a local resident as your guide. These entertaining three-hour guided tours, often with a focus on photography or architecture, take you first to the Fort and then into Pettah’s buzzy bazaar. Tours also include a stop at the Dutch-era Wolvendaal Church.

Colombo City Walks
Colombo Fort Railway Station (tour starting point)
10
+94 773 017 091

Visit Gangaramaya Vihara

The Gangaramaya Vihara, which backs onto Beira Lake, is Colombo’s most prominent Buddhist temple. As well as a hotspot for tourists thanks to its dazzling array of gifted religious artefacts, antiques and the odd vintage car, the area also serves as an educational hub.

Gangaramaya Vihara
61 Sri Jinarathana Road
2
+94 11 2 435 169

Where to eat in Colombo

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 2 437 437

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.

Mawatha
505 Union Place
+94 767 254 783

Barefoot Garden Café (International)

Part of the attraction of this popular al fresco courtyard cafe is the chance to browse the colourful hand-woven products sold in the attached shop. Ideally located for sightseeing pit-stops, Barefoot serves up fresh juices, strong coffee and a consistently good international menu of quiches, pasta and sandwiches.

704 Galle Road
3
+94 11 2 589 305

Places to stay in Colombo

Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo

Once home to the ruling Bandaranaike family and now a chic 10-bedroom boutique hotel, Tintagel is located in the upmarket residential district of Cinnamon Gardens. The boldly striped rooms and suites spill out onto balconies and terraces, and there’s a courtyard pool, a gym, and indoor and outdoor dining facilities.

65 Rosmead Place
7
+94 11 4 602 121

Lake Lodge

Boutique rooms on a budget are hard to beat at this well-located bed and breakfast. Set back from Beira Lake, a short stroll from Kollupitiya’s malls and Park Street’s restaurants, Lake Lodge’s double rooms span two floors of a modern building. There's dining space on the upper level and cushioned areas for relaxing below.

20 Alvis Terrace
Kollupitiya
3
+94 11 2 326 443

Galle Face Hotel

This seaside heritage hotel dates back to 1864 and has one of the best locations in Colombo, right next to the Galle Face Green. Rooms are split across two wings – classic and contemporary – and share common facilities of a salt-water pool, a spa, restaurants, lounges and a lovely sea-facing terrace.

2 Galle Road
Kollupitiya
3
+94 11 2 541 010

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