The island makeup of Sri Lanka is reflected in the distinct divisions in Colombo, where markets from the various regions of the nation stake their claim to fame. With plenty of great districts to explore and lots to see, life in Colombo is always interesting for newcomers.
Colombo flights can last 13 hours or more and you will usually have to make a stopover which will add to the total. Colombo flights can travel on various different routes depending on the operator you pick so check your booking with care. A flight to Colombo will set you down at Bandaranaike International Airport which is 22 miles from downtown and thus up to an hour's drive from one of the cheap Colombo hotels.
Once your cheap flights to Colombo arrive you might want to use car hire from Colombo Airport to get to your accommodation and also get around the city, although prepare for jams and unfamiliar road rules and behaviour. Buses vary in quality and price but are common, whilst taxis are available but booking ahead and using the metered firms are the best way to avoid paying over the odds for a fare.
The tranquillity of Viharamahadevi Park will be a real contrast to the loud, lively thoroughfares of Colombo. The temple, or Kovil, of Gangaramaya is worth visiting if you want to enjoy religious parades and celebrations. For a look at street life visit Pettah where market stall holders will compete for your custom.
If you like the deals we've found then why not sign up to our newsletter? Get incredible travel deals sent straight to your inbox every week for FREE