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Colombo Holidays

Begin your Sri Lanka adventure in its bustling capital, located on the west coast of the island. In this city of contrasts, buildings sit in the shadows of gleaming high rises, and sleek department stores blend with floating markets.

Browse the collection of ancient paintings, sculptures and sketches dating back to the fourth century at the National Museum. Or, visit Gangarama Vihara, one of Sri Lanka’s most venerable temples, intricately decorated in brass work and stone carvings.

Golfers can enjoy a round at The Royal Colombo Golf Club, while thrill seekers can enjoy the log flumes and roller coasters of Leisure World Water Park, ideal for families and adults.

Spend a day exploring the 30 acres of Dehiwala Zoological Garden, home to a rich collection of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. Or, take a trip to Viharamahadevi Park, known for its magnificent flowering trees that bloom between March and early May.  Originally called Victoria Park, it was renamed after the mother of King Dutugemunu in the 1950s.

Food lovers can feast on delicious seafood on the golden sands of Mt Lavinia Beach. A visit to the city wouldn’t be complete without trying a kothu roti (sliced up bits of roti with chicken beef, egg, onions, tomatoes and green chillies) deemed by some as Sri Lanka’s soul food.

Time Zone

GMT +5:30 hours

Flight Time

Indirect flights are available from Ireland.

Currency

LKR - Sri Lankan Rupee

Visa Information

Irish citizens don’t need to obtain a visa prior to travel.

Language

Tamil and Sinhalese, English is widely spoken

Health Information

No special vaccinations are required for travel to Sri Lanka.
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    Omkar

    Destination Specialist

    One of the best restaurants for authentic Sri Lankan food is The Lagoon – located in the Cinnamon Grand, it will most definitely be on my list again.

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