Flight to Colombo, the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Travel Tips & Information
Find cheap flights to Colombo from Muscat and visit the capital and largest city of Sri Lanka.
Colombo is the commercial capital and the largest city of Sri Lanka by population. It is the financial centre of the island and a popular tourist destination. Located in the west coast of the island, Colombo is a principal port of the Indian Ocean. It’s a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins. In addition, it is home to a majority of Sri Lanka's corporate offices, restaurants and entertainment venues.
Colombo has a tropical climate usually. it is typically hot and wet throughout the year and rainfall is both heavy and frequent.
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The city has a long and rich history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes. You can see its heritage is reflected in its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls.
Trains connect Colombo with other major cities on the island. There are also bus services within the city and to all parts of Sri Lanka. The international airport is located at Katunayake, and Ratmalana airport handles domestic flights.
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THINGS TO SEE
Discover Gangaramaya, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Colombo. The temples were constructed by the famous scholar-monk Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Nayaka Thera in the late 19th Century. It’s exceptionally beautiful with the Beira Lake on one side and statues and carvings paving the way inside. The temple also has training centres, a museum and much more to admire.
Head to Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque, a historic mosque in Colombo. Located in the on Second Cross Street in Pettah, Jami-UI is one of the oldest mosques in Colombo and a popular tourist site in the city. The Mosque was built in 1908 and the building was completed in 1909. It is a distinctive red and white candy-striped two-storey building, with a clock tower, and is reminiscent of the Jamek Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
While in Colomo, don’t forget to visit Seema Malaka, a Buddhist temple in Colombo. Located in the Beira Lake, the temple is mainly used for meditation and rest, rather than for worship. The temple was built in the late 19th century and is a part of the Gangaramaya Temple and is situated few hundred meters to its east.