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

Each adult passenger can bring one infant.

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

Explore the city with Colombo City Walks

To really get familiar 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

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

Visit Gangaramaya Vihara

The Gangaramaya Vihara, which backs onto Beira Lake, is Colombo’s most prominent Buddhist temple. As well as a hot spot for tourists—thanks to its dazzling array of gifted religious artifacts, 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

Café Français (French)

When the smart Café Français opened its doors in late 2014, it ushered in a new era of fine dining in the capital. The French cuisine served here is of very high quality and as creatively concocted as you’d expect from the acclaimed, Michelin-starred Pourcel twins.

48 Park Street
2
+94 11 4 502 602

Barefoot Garden Café (International)

Part of the attraction of this popular al fresco courtyard cafe is the chance to browse the colorful 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

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

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

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

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

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