Colombo holidays

The commercial and cultural capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is a wonderful holiday destination for anyone looking for premium quality relaxation. Qatar Airways Holidays’ Colombo holiday packages make an amazing honeymoon or romantic break, thanks to the luxurious 5-star accommodation, beautiful beaches and the wonderful amenities throughout the city.

A Colombo vacation package really offer something for everyone. If you want to spend your days relaxing by the sea or pool, you can. If you want to visit museums and temples, you can go exploring and discover some of the country’s hidden treasures. Or if you want to get closer to nature then there’s lots to see and do further out into the countryside.

Holiday Packages

Colombo holiday packages

Your Colombo travel package from Qatar Airways Holidays will really show you the different facets of this wonderful city. From peaceful beaches to exquisite restaurants, you’ll be creating wonderful holiday memories that will last a lifetime.

Travel in style on a luxury flight and then base yourself at a premium hotel for the ultimate Sri Lankan getaway.

Good to know

  • Time Zone
    GMT+5:30 hours
  • Languages
    Sinhala, English, Tamil
  • Dialing Code
    +94
  • Electricity
    230V, 50Hz
  • Currency
    Sri Lankan rupee
  • Experiences

    Colombo holiday experiences

    • There’s a wide array of luxury hotels in Colombo. Many of these are on the ocean front and sit within beautifully manicured gardens. They offer exquisite décor, beach access, spas, swimming pools, gyms, delightful restaurants and other amenities to make your stay a 5-star experience from start to finish. If you’re taking a Colombo culinary package, you’ll find richly spiced dishes with a fusion of flavours from all over the world. There are plenty of high-end restaurants offering Sri Lankan and international cuisine, and some even offer private dining.
    • The museums of Colombo often explore Sri Lanka’s history and the many different colonial influences and ethnic groups. The National Museum of Colombo and the Dutch Period Museum are both worth a visit for those wanting to find out more about the city’s past. For something a bit less serious, there’s also the Traditional Puppet Art Museum, which displays handcrafted puppets produced by local artists.
    • If you want to focus a little more on relaxation, the main beach is Mount Lavinia Beach, where you can lie back on the sands and take some time for yourself. Alternatively, you could head to Viharamahadevi Park where you can relax on the grass though the day. Look up and you may well spot the local bat population hanging from the trees. If you want to see more nature, visit Talangama Wetland where you can view many bird species native to Sri Lanka.
    • There is also a great shopping culture in Colombo. The upmarket shops can be found at Crescat Boulevard, while Galle Road is more focused on local, independent crafts.
    FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions

      What is the best time to travel to Colombo for a holiday?
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      The best time to visit Colombo for a holiday is during the dry season, which falls between December and March. These months offer pleasant weather with lower humidity and fewer chances of rainfall. It's an ideal time to explore the city's attractions and enjoy outdoor activities without the sporadic monsoons and scorching temperatures that come with the spring and summer months.
      Where is the best place to travel in Colombo for a holiday?
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      Colombo is the capital city of Sri Lanka, yet it often gets overlooked by tourists who rush to explore the country's breath-taking natural destinations. It's important to make time to visit Columbo during your trip to Sri Lanka as it's truly abundant with charm and allure. 

      The city is a vibrant mix of old and new, with distinct neighbourhoods that showcase a fascinating blend of ancient temples, colonial architecture, modern skyscrapers, and beautiful city parks. One of the best ways to experience Colombo is by simply wandering around and taking in the sights as you go. 

      We're sure that you'll be captivated by the unique ambience and architectural wonders that dot the cityscape. This wonderful place has so much to offer, and exploring its diverse districts will unveil a fascinating tapestry of history, life, and culture.

      Latest travel advice for holidays in Colombo
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      Public demonstrations are known to occur throughout Sri Lanka, and it's advised that you should avoid any areas impacted by these demonstrations. The country is also experiencing an economic crisis, so fuel, food, and medicine shortages may occur. We, therefore, recommend you have a sufficient supply of any necessary medication for your stay. 

      You must always carry official identification on you, and you will need a valid passport to enter the country. 

      There are currently no COVID-19 restrictions in place for travel to Sri Lanka, and you are not required to present COVID-19 vaccination certificates. Regulations may change, however, so we advise you to visit the Sri Lankan government website for the latest information.

      Colombo: amazing facts and reasons to visit
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      The largest city in Sri Lanka, Colombo, is the commercial capital on the island's west coast. Rich in history, Colombo showcases a blend of colonial and traditional architecture, reflecting its diverse history shaped by various civilisations and European colonial powers. 

      The city is home to many cultural landmarks, including the Gangaramaya Temple. Decorated with wonderful brass work and intricate stone carvings, this splendid building is one of the most venerable temples in the country. For heritage seekers, the city also has a National Museum (the biggest museum on the island) where you can learn all about Sri Lanka's rich history.

      Colombo offers beautiful white sand beaches along its magnificent shoreline. Galle Face Green is one of the most popular destinations to visit in Columbo for its wonderful seaside promenade that offers exquisite views of the Indian Ocean. This breathtaking place is perfect for leisurely walks, peaceful picnics, and sunset chasing. 

      And lastly, Columbo boasts many shopping opportunities for keen shoppers. Boutiques filled with international brands, local art and fabrics, and designer clothing line the streets, and the vibrant Pettah Market provides a taste of local delicacies. 

      Which are the best places to visit in Colombo?
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      Colombo offers a wide variety of landmarks, activities and scenic spots that travellers must admire to this tropical land. Here are a few of our favourites:

      Gangaramaya Temple: A striking Buddhist temple with elaborate architecture and an impressive collection of religious artefacts.

      Independence Square: A historical landmark symbolising Sri Lanka's independence, featuring beautiful gardens and the city's iconic monument.

      Mount Lavinia Beach: A popular beach destination with fine, golden sand and many beachside dining opportunities. 

      Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct: A charming colonial building transformed into a shopping and dining complex, offering a unique shopping experience. 

      Colombo National Museum: The country's largest museum housing a vast collection of art, artefacts, and historical exhibits.

      What are the best tour packages in Colombo?
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      We understand that everyone has different interests and preferences when travelling and exploring abroad. Whether you're fascinated by the rich history, vibrant culture, stunning architecture, or delicious food Sri Lanka has to offer, we are here to guide you in the right direction. We aim to ensure that your experience in Colombo is tailored to your specific interests, and we'll help you choose a tour package that allows you to create unforgettable memories and discover the best of what the city has to offer.
      Why go on holiday to Colombo with Qatar Airways Holidays?
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      When you choose to travel with Qatar Airways, you can be assured that no detail is overlooked. From your flights and transfers to dining preferences and excursion arrangements, we'll have it in hand. By flying with us to Colombo, we ensure a hassle-free travel experience so you can spend time where it matters – enjoying your holiday.