Colourful Capital to South Coast Charm

Colombo, Sri Lanka’s largest city and major port is a melting pot for many of the colours, cultures and characteristics that make up this island nation, condensing them into a medley of markets, gardens, historical sites and attractions, all set against a sweeping slice of beachfront. Home to wonderful cuisine and a vibrant restaurant scene, as well as shops selling crafts, textiles and precious jewels, a lively nightlife and a magical metropolitan buzz, this capital city has much to offer the modern traveller.

On the South Coast, be transported back in time to the Dutch colonial era as you walk through the Galle Fort gates. With a bustling café culture, this 90-acre fort is a bastion of centuries-old history, where streets yield dramatic views and one architectural surprise after another. The south is also home to popular beachside towns, including Bentota, a small coastal village close to the turtle hatchery, upbeat Unawatuna with its beach party vibe and Weligama, renowned for stilt fisherman. In addition, Mirissa is well-known for dolphin and whale watching, while the quaint town of Tangalle remains a low-key and peaceful spot.