The capital city of Sri Lanka, Colombo is the entry and exit point to the country. In contrast to the mainly rural countryside, Colombo boasts a wide array of dining and shopping opportunities, and a visit downtown won’t disappoint with a vast array of textiles, jewels, crafts and teas on offer. If you have time, explore the city's cultural and historical attractions by trishaw.

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Sri Lanka Heritage plus Maldives

Sri Lanka Heritage plus Maldives

Sri Lanka
+2 others
14 nights from £4,845 per person
Itinerary Highlights
  • Learn the rich history and culture of Colombo on a personalized city walk
  • Visit the Temple of The Tooth Relic in Kandy, an important shrine of Buddhism
  • Explore the beautiful grounds of Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
  • Admire the tea plantation views from your accommodation in Hatton

Dating back to 1906, this stately house offers a tranquil sanctuary away from the lively bustle of Colombo. There’s a real sense of heritage here, with walls adorned with portraits of the Hallock family, who lived here for five generations. Maniumpathy enjoys a privileged position for exploring Colombo, sitting in the exclusive Cinnamon Gardens area, with the city’s top shopping districts nearby. ...

The Wallawwa is tranquilly set within three acres of beautiful gardens only 15 minutes away from the Bandaranaike International Airport. Once a colonial manor house owned by the head chieftain of Galle, the boutique property now features only 17 bedrooms and suites. The Wallawwa offers two types of accommodations for couples; Wallawwa bedrooms and spacious Garden Suites and for families, the Famil...

Housed within the walls of a columned, 19th century townhouse and surrounded by leafy gardens, this boutique hotel is a unique and luxurious base from which to explore the delights of Colombo.   Residence certainly has the feel of a grand home, with only 11 suites in total, each elegantly decorated and furnished. The Park Suites boast a separate living area, bedroom, and outdoor private courtyard,...

Minneriya Elephant Gathering

Minneriya Elephant Gathering

Sri Lanka
8 nights from £2,299 per person
Itinerary Highlights
  • Witness the amazing annual Elephant Gathering at Minneriya National Park
  • Climb to the summit of the UNESCO-listed Sigiriya rock, for truly awe-inspiring views
  • Embark on a river cruise and a Jeep safari through Gal Oya, and enjoy a picnic lunch prepared by a local chef

One of the oldest hotels east of the Suez canal, and named for the famous Galle Face Green that it overlooks, the historic Galle Face Hotel was built in 1864 by four British entrepreneurs and has been an iconic landmark on the shoreline of Colombo for more than 150 years. Listed as one of the "1000 Places to See Before You Die" in the book of the same name, you do not want to miss the chance to ex...

As you enter the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, the first thing you’ll notice is how open and bright it feels, as though the Indian Ocean zephyr is moving right through the foyer. Wide hallways decorated in white marble and cooling pastel tones are bordered by lattice walls and floor to ceiling windows allowing light to flood in and drench the spaces in sunlight. Whether you’re walking through the cen...

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