Colombo

Explore Sri Lanka’s culinary and artistic heritage

The picturesque island of Colombo is a kaleidoscopic weave of modern skyscrapers, three-wheeled taxis, smart businessmen, street vendors and Buddhist monks. Wander the streets and watch the excitement of the city unfold before your eyes, or explore historic sites, shop for trinkets, play cricket, or even fly a kite – the choice is yours. For some peace and tranquillity, head over to Gangaramaya Temple. Besides learning about Buddhism, the highlight at this 2,000-year old temple on Beira Lake is the resident elephant.

Don't miss out on Pettah, a riot of smells, noise and colours. You can buy anything, from gold to spices to Ayurvedic medicines here. Then take home some mementos made of indigenous materials like elephant dung stationery, massage oils and handloom toys and linen. No trip to Colombo is complete without trying traditional desserts such as such as ‘watapallan’, ‘kavun’, ‘kokis’, buffalo curd and honey.