Street bazaars, malls, temples and colonial Dutch, Portuguese and British buildings jostle for space in this colourful capital, all evidence of its vibrant mix of cultures and bustling atmosphere.
It's a fascinating place for a break or to begin your Sri Lankan journey.
Start your break in Colombo then head out of the city for a beach holiday –the 'golden mile' at Mount Lavinia is just 12km away from the capital.
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