Luxury Travel to Colombo
On the western coast of the island, Colombo is a sprawling city home to over five million people. It is traditionally centred around Fort, a business district with its roots as a fortified Portuguese trading post, and the green waters of Beira Lake, all facing out to sea.
Hot and busy, recent years have seen Colombo gradually transform from a place visitors could not avoid to a fascinating destination well worth exploring. Its historic quarters and grand 19th-century architecture have been restored, the seafront spruced up and cosmopolitan vibe revived with numerous museums, galleries and characterful eateries opening that celebrate its unique and diverse heritage.
The city is dotted with temples, shrines, cafes, markets and is best explored by tuk tuk and there are some idyllic beaches to be discovered a little way along the coast.
When to go
Temperatures average between 27-30 °C in Colombo, peaking in April. The driest months are between December and March and the wettest between May and June, and then again in October and early November.
What to do
- Discover the city's Buddhist shrines and Hindu temples
- Explore the National Museum
- Shop for souvenirs in the city's colourful bazaars
Itineraries including Colombo
Accommodation in Colombo
Here are some of our travel designers' favourite options
Residence by Uga EscapesLocated close to the lakeside Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, Residence by Uga Escapes is one of the finest boutique hotels in Colombo. The grand Victorian townhouse was built in the 19th century, its halls and expansive gardens once entertaining British governors, Indian maharajas and European nobility. Today, its 11 unique luxury suites are a calm and secluded oasis despite its central location. The style is elegant, contemporary and comfortable, with numerous hints of its rich heritage. This urban retreat also has a wonderful swimming pool, private courtyards, a gourmet restaurant, bar and gym within its walls.