Trendy restaurants and boutique hotels
Head to Colombo if you're looking for historic streets, luxury hotels and a bit of nightlife, or if you're just wanting a stopover after your flight, the nearby beach town of Negombo is a better bet
Colombo isn't an obvious tourist destination. The busy streets are filled with traffic and exhaust fumes, there aren't really many must-see attractions, and you certainly don't come here for the beach life. Yet what it lacks in sightseeing appeal it makes up for in entertainment options, with trendy restaurants, boutique hotels and a thriving nightlife scene. It's also built around an impressive natural harbour which is certainly worth admiring.
The rest of Sri Lanka is all about relaxing on beaches, exploring tea plantations and going back in time at the many archaeological sites peppered around the island, so whilst Colombo isn't the calmest place to be, for anyone wanting to delve into urban life for a bit of contrast, it is worth spending a day here.
A good introduction to Sri Lanka's past is the National Museum, and there are plenty of art galleries, boutique shops, Buddhist temples and colonial churches to keep you occupied. Stroll down tree-lined avenues through historical districts or pop into the shopping malls for a bit of retail therapy. Head to the famous Galle Face Green, an open space overlooking the Indian Ocean, for a bit of fresh air, or visit downtown Colombo if you're after restaurants and souvenir shopping.
Most newly arrived visitors in Sri Lanka choose to stay overnight in Negombo if they're in need of a stopover. This large, busy seaside town is much closer to the international airport than Colombo, and far less intimidating, and is packed with resorts, hotels and guesthouses. The town itself has little to attract tourists, but the beach stretches for miles and makes a great setting for your first Sri Lankan sunset. The sand isn't always pristine, and the waves are often rough, but that doesn't really matter. The rest of the island you're about to explore will make up for that in spades.
Ultimate Family Holiday in Sri Lanka
- South Coast
- 10 Days
- £2230 PP
- View Trip
Tea plantations, temples and tropical forests
- Gal Oya
- Nuwara Eliya
- 12 Days
- £2200 PP
- View Trip
Plan with an Expert
Have a look at our original holiday experiences and then contact us with your brief, or call 01768 603 715
A detailed itinerary in 24hrs
Our experts will send you a detailed holiday itinerary within 24 hours. It's our service promise to you.
Tailor-made doesn't mean expensive! Ask about our price promise and book with financial security.
Call Us - 01768 603 715
Unsure where to start? Give us a call and talk to our team.
You talk to someone who's been there
We listen first. Our expertise, but always your holiday.
Quick. A holiday plan tailored to you in 24 hours.
Safe. Licensed and regulated by the CAA.
Simple. These best rates and the best routes delivered in a clear and simple way.
Personal. From the start you'll only ever deal with one consultant.
Our service charter explains what you can expect from us.
We keep the focus on your holiday. In fact it's the sole objective of everything we do at Far & Wild.
Delivering you an outstanding and original holiday experience means...
..location connections, expert guides, hand-picked experiences and creating the space for magic to happen.
Book with Confidence
Transparent. Prices, information – we'll break it down anyway you like.
Financial Security. Our Civil Aviation Authority's ATOL bonding consumer protection scheme.
24/7 emergency support on the ground wherever you travel.
A detailed itinerary in 24 hours
Start planning your original holiday by contacting one of our experts
Call an expert on
01768 603 715