Old dirty city full of tuk-tuk drivers that try to rip you off constantly. Wasn't it for the great and extremally 'full moon' parade, I would have been glad not to stay there.
Clean, Beautiful Safe and Friendly City Nothing really to Shop at least we didn't find anything suitable) Great place for Food.
...Lagoon in Cinnamon Grand...cant give a miss... Overall a place to visit once in lifetime for sure..
Colombo is capital city and business center of Sri Lanka. So there are mostly available business related activities, shopping and dinning and also good and affordable medical services available.
VERY CLEAN CITY YOU CAN HARDLY FIND SMOKERS AT THE PUBLIC AREA. AVAILABILITY OF WIFI IN PUBLIC AREAS
This is a developing city. Sri Lanka is remarkably beautiful and the people are really great. However as a single lady traveler I couldn't walk down the street without being approached by local men.
It was too much. My advise is to smile politely and keep moving. stranger danger... Take care of yourself, be assertive. Most people are harmless but traveling alone I don't take to many risks in the company I keep. Take tuk-tuks and taxis. They are cheap and the normal mode of transport and meet new friends in populated places. The Dutch hospital was cool for live music and beers, if you're up for a night on the town.
What a delightful and clean city is Colombo. It was an absolute pleasure to see the way the old heritage structures have been maintained in their old glory.
The beaches are clean and a pleasure to walk upon.
Colombo is a small city and most tourist attractions can be covered in 2 to 3 days. I used it as a transit city while travelling to central province (Kandy) or Unawatuna in south.
Colombo being capital is well connected to other parts of the country by train and long distance buses. If you want to see Sri Lanka head for beaches in south or mountains in central province. Colombo has little to offer in terms of fine dining or shopping when compared with other Asian cities.
Busy city with good options for tourists. Tourists may prefer to go out of the city to enjoy the scenery and types of activities.
Colombo holds lot of history and religious interests.
Colombo is just a city that is on the way to more beautiful locations. Don't spend much time here unless you have to.
My biggest dissappointment was the famous buddhist temple which really should not be called a temple. It is more like a commercial rip off disguised as a culture experience. Becareful too of the taxi's - only take Meter unless you have experienced an understanding of the fares. They will "get lost" and before you know it a normal 150 rupee taxi ride, turns into a 400 rupee taxi ride. Generally the people are incredibly genuine and speak english so it is easy to get around.
Colombo is one of those places that I would move to in a heartbeat. The city offers something to pockets of every size, to use the oft-repeated clicheFood - we wanted to sink our teeth into some real authentic Srilankan cuisine, out of the five or six places that Clock-Inn guide suggested, Uppali's happened to be the nearest.
We were surprised beyond our expectations, apart from the fact that Srilankans take thier hospitality very seriously, the food was breathtaking. Yes, i use the word not usually reserved for food, but it was breathtaking. I cannot remember the names of the dishes, but i can tell you this, Attention to detail, pride and respect for age-old traditions are some things that Srilankans do not make a song and dance out of. 2000 year old recipes, tender coconut water on the menu, scented rice sprinkled with clarified butter and garnished with curry leaves, are just a tiny sliver of the life changing culinary experience that we had at Uppali's. If we didn't try the other recommendations it was only for want of time. Albeit, shopping wasn't exactly on top of our lists, we ended up looking at a few places and going on a tinyy spree at the "House Of Fashions" I am assuming it is common knowledge that Srilankan handicrafts are epitomes of detail. no complaints there. As for handlooms, there were places like Kolanka and Barefoot that were beautifully decked out with ethnic wear. Saree connoiseurs would find themselves spoiled for choice. Colombo is racked with history everywhere you look. Museums, temples, old town hall etc. We took our time to really soak ourselves in the Museum of History but ran out of time for the Natural History Museum. The Gangaramaya temple is another trip down history. located right next to a road that sees some traffic through out the day, the insides of the temple are chillingly quiet, built around a huge tree, it inspires awe and boggles the mind with some truly life like sculptures of the Buddha, the dieties and the sundry.
A fast growing, noisy and busy capital city - A bit light on culture and sights especially compared to everything that is available in Sri Lanka so my advice would be skip Colombo and get out into the country if you are on a sight seeing trip.
However - a much wider selection of dining options including reasonable western choices in Colombo than other parts
Colombo is the capital city of Srilanka. Also the biggest city in Srilanka. Many tourism place to visit, for example historical place near Colombo Bay.
Colombo is the Capital city of the Island nation Sri Lanka, it has the best foods, tasty fruits, vegetables and great smiling faces, people are very friendly, plenty of shopping places to choose, lot of places of interest to visit , many places of worship of all religions, be there and enjoy the sight and sound of the beautiful paradise.
A growing and up coming city with full of life in Asia, great people , great foods, good shopping, good night life , make a visit and enjoy the sight and sounds of the city.
We have travelled a lot over the years with and without our children, both my wife and I came to the same conclusion that compared to other Asian cities and certainly Indian cities we found Colombo very un-inspiring.
There is very little we could recommend about the place apart from where we stayed was quite good. The people are certainly very friendly but apart from that we would not put the city in the same league as the likes of Delhi, Bombay, Manilla, Bangkok, Jackarta etc. In fairness 2 of the 4 days we were there were election days - which we were naively not aware of until we arrived so perhaps this is partly our fault as well.
The capital of Sri-Lanka. Has some good places to shop, eat and relax. The climate is 'tropical' and hence it is hot and humid during most of the year.
Transport is good with trains, buses and taxi. In general, a good place to start your holiday. The beaches are good for sun-lovers !
I have visited Colombo about six times since 2005 (after the tsunami). In the ten years, I have seen lots of improvements to infrastructure.
It is an easy city to visit.....much less crowded than in India or Thailand etc. There are many, many fine hotels at reasonable prices. Restaurants, spas are high value. The people are warm, friendly and very genuine. We took a city tour, visited temples, mosques, saw key government buildings, performing arts venues, parks. Being right on the Indian Ocean there is always a comfortable breeze blowing. We will definitely return for another visit.
It's a difficult city to get around and buy exactly what you want. It's nice to enjoy for a few days and be guided around by others if your a tourist, but when you live here people are much less polite.
Nice city with lot of classy hotels and beautiful buildings.Prices are affordable.Tuk tuks are sometimes boring but it is case everywhere in Sri lanka.
There is lot of cultural diversities to see in Colombo(budhists,hinduists,muslims and christians)I walked through Colombo area 1,2,3 and 4 and rest of area i have seen by tuk tuk or bus.Nevertheless i wouldnt stay in Colombo more than 3-4 days because it is much Sri lanka to see except Colombo.
We visited many places in colombo (beaches, temples, historical places, churches, shopping places etc ) by hiring a tuk-tuk for the day and we were lucky to get an experienced driver who bacame our guide too.
the city is clean, very clean... very well maintained. a bit hot during the day time but overall, it was good fun. we also visited Kandy, nice elephant rides, Ayurvedic centres and spas, great food.
Crossing on the roads is dangerous especially if there isn't any traffic junction. The 3 wheelers were kings of the road" as they tend to squeeze in between vehicles and some were risk takers.
Colombo has a few casinos and has a little bit of nightlife as well. Culture and food is in abundance and is a good experience.
Sight seeing and tour options are also plenty. And there are even more a few hrs away from the city.
Colombo is a good city but it is crowded with traffic jam, i recommend to stay for one day and go to other areas far from the city for relaxation
The atmosphere of Colombo central area is quite good, which is near to the sea and a lot of greenery.
For travellers, tuk tuk is a common method of travel, which now have meter, so, it is easy to use.
A developing city with all amenities. You would have to visit Colombo if you want to go to Sri Lanka and trust me you will not regret it.
Its a very nice place to relax for a few days. The people are very nice and friendly, specially to Indians. Mostly can speak basic English. Not at all expensive. It has many tourist attractions as well. A must visit place for travelers.
The city is quiet in many ways. There is limited options for eating and shopping for the typical tourist.
The architecture is mostly drab, but there are colonial highlights. I didn't find it to be of good value unless you ate totally local. The people were friendly and we felt safe. We felt satisfied with a one day visit, and would have been fine missing it. Keep in mind we are not city people, but still, compare to Bangkok or Ho Chi Minh City, we found this to not be so exciting.
It is a clean city in evolution, We came to live almost three years ago, and we have seen new buildings, roads and parks being built.
Something really special is how the authorities have renovated old buildings to become places for good food, stores and entertaining. Its habitants are warm and helpful. Public transportation with three wheelers or tuk-tuks is unique and fun.
Easily travel within the city, so many International and local branded clothes in many shops. So many international local branded restaurants.
Sri Lanka is fast-developing and this progression is most apparent in Colombo. We found world-class dining and shopping in the city.
The people are super nice!
It has changed over the years, very clean now and with the new developments happening in next 3 years it will be come a developed city.
Something should be done for public transport, MRT or tram to manage traffic.