Colombo, Sri Lanka‘s bustling commercial hub, is located on the country’s west coast and with a population of between 800,000 and one million (estimates vary) is by far the country’s biggest city, as well as the most developed. Its natural harbour at the mouth of the Kelani River was a magnet for successive traders and conquerors – initially the Arab merchants, then Portuguese, Dutch and British imperialists.
The city is a jarring mix of old and new, with a central cluster of high-rise office blocks and hotels overshadowing red-tiled colonial-era buildings and sprawling street markets which overflow with high-piled fruit and vegetables, colourful silks and cottons, and deliciously fragrant spices. On its crowded streets stand places of worship, symbolic of Sri Lanka‘s multiethnic heritage: graceful Buddhist viharas (temples), for instance, stand close to extravagant temples encrusted with Hindu statuary, along with Muslim mosques with minarets scattered along Colombo’s streets. Its population is swollen by some 400,000 plus commuting workers during the day and is virtually empty after nightfall. There is a lively nightlife at a number of International standard hotels, clubs, pubs and dining venues while it is limited mainly to the high end customer. During the day, Colombo’s colourful street markets, colonial-era buildings, museums and galleries, churches, mosques and temples, and the lovely Viharamahadevi Park with it beautiful trees, makes it a great place to explore on foot.Colombo Sri Lanka
Originally named Kolomthota, Colombo was the main seaport of Kotte, the country’s 15th and 16th century capital. Known to Arab traders as Kalamba, the city attracted the rapacious Portuguese as early as 1505 and became the bastion of their rule for almost 150 years. Surprisingly little remains to attest to this era, apart from a scattering of Portuguese surnames in the telephone directory and a handful of Roman Catholic churches and seminaries depicting their architecture.
The central area of the city is still known as Fort, but the remnants of the colonial battlements have long since been demolished, or incorporated in newer buildings. There are more mementoes of the British period, including the neo-Classical old parliament building, the Victorian-era President’s House (still often called ‘Queen’s House’), and the grandly mercantile brick facade of Cargill’s, a splendid 19th-century department store that has changed little since the 19th-century heyday of Sri Lanka‘s British tea planters.
(Following accommodation list is randomly generated)Hotels & Other Accommodation
Global Towers Hotel
No. 11, Station Avenue, Colombo 06.
Email : email@example.com
Tel : 0112591000
43, Fife Road, Thimbirigasyaya, Colombo 05
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : 0112581524
Cinnamon Red Colombo
No:59, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 03.
Email : email@example.com
Tel : 0112145145
Grand Oriental Hotel
No. 2, York Street, Colombo 01.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : 0112320320
Ocean Edge Suites
24, 10th Lane, Marine Drive, Colombo3
Email : email@example.com
Tel : 0112589999
Cinnamon Grand Hotel
No. 77, Galle Road, Colombo 03
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : 0112437437
Renuka City Hotel
No. 326, Galle Road, Colombo 03.
Email : email@example.com
Tel : 0112573598
389, Koralawella, Moratuwa
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : 0112658442
No. 64, Lotus Road, Colombo 01
Email : email@example.com
Tel : 0112544544
No. 324, Galle Road, Colombo 06
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : 0112582277
Palm Beach Hotel
No. 52, De Seram Road, Mount Lavinia
Email : email@example.com
Tel : 0112712713
435, R. A De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 03
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : 0114961476
Taj Samudra Hotel
No. 25, Galle Face Center Road, Colombo 03
Email : email@example.com
Tel : 0115446622
No 48, Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 01
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : 0112421221
Berjaya Mount Royal Beach Hotel
No:36, Collage Avenue, Mount Lavinia
Email : email@example.com
Tel : 0112739610
The Ocean Colombo
No-40, Melbourne Avenue, Colombo 04.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : 0115110000
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