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Colombo

Colombo is Sri Lanka's capital and most commercially successful city. In a country known for its rural appeal, this is where travelers go to experience the big city. Hotels in Colombo range from budget guesthouses to 5-star giants. Boutiques hotels in colonial neighborhoods are a growing trend here.

Sri Lanka is a diverse country, a fact made apparent by the mix of Buddhist and Hindu temples, mosques, and colonial churches in the area, including . The Galle Face Green covers acres of beachfront property and is ideal for a picnic.

Colombo isn't the kind of destination travelers envision when planning a trip to Sri Lanka. There are great sightseeing and leisure opportunities here, especially in the beach hotels of Colombo where the best service and amenities are found. With tourists busy in other parts of Sri Lanka, those who venture into Colombo don't have to contend with crowds or long lines.

Bandaranaike International Airport lies north of the city center and serves as the nation's major gateway. Flights connect to major Southeast Asian cities and a few travel hubs in Europe and the Middle East. Hotels near the airport cater mainly to business travelers and short-term visitors who want to avoid the one-hour taxi ride to the city center.