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Colombo



Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital city, many temples, mosques and churches. The most famous temple of Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, - a fine example of Sinhalese architecture. The frescoes that adorn the walls, depict various scenes, myths and legends of the Buddha's life.

Best time to visit Colombo - from November to April.

How to reach Colombo

Colombo International Airport is located 35 km from the city and receives flights from around the world. To get from there to the city center on the "hotel-taxi» (hotel taxi) or minivan taxi (less comfortable, but not expensive). The cheapest way - by bus number 187, which goes from the bus stop to the airport (free shuttle or a 10-15 minute walk from the airport terminal) to Colombo Fort. The fare - about 100 LKR, travel time - 30-40 minutes.

Transport Colombo

The best way to get around the city - on the tuk-tuk. Some of them accept payment for travel depending on the distance (in meters and kilometers), the other - by agreement before boarding. Short train will cost 50 LKR (2-3 km), the longer - 250 LKR (about 8 km). In addition, the city official shuttle tuk-tuk (which oversees the tourist office of Sri Lanka). They are friendly to tourists and help them find their way on the ground, to the same - have a unique coloring, which easily distinguishes them from the crowd. Such a tuk-tuk are available including by phone (free): (0712) 500-800 or (0772) 299-299.

Taxi - the second most popular vehicles among tourists. As a rule, they are all equipped with meters - 40 LKR landing and LKR 65 per kilometer. Travel outside the city will cost LKR 200, Mount Lavinia - 500 LKR. Taxi - a safe and comfortable way to travel than a tuk-tuk.

Since January 2010 the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, you can overtake on the double-decker bus. Special Tour goes away "Galle Face" at 8:30 (the oldest hotel in Colombo) and will ride both local residents and foreign tourists in the city, is a mixture of ages and religions, cultures and peoples. The open upper deck will not only see but also feel the city in all its glory.

Entertainment, excursions and attractions Colombo

Other places of interest: Church of St. Anthony and Peter, Hindu temples Ganeshan, Old and New Katiresan Katiresan.. Among the sights worth Colombo also highlight Cathedral of St. Lucia, built in the image of the Cathedral of St. Peter's in Rome, the red-white cake Ul-Alfar Mosque.

old town in the western part of the fort area of ​​Colombo - Downtown. There one can see many mansions of the colonial architecture and parks, for the majority of hotels, jewelry stores, banks and offices. Particularly interesting vast maritime area park Galle Face Green, the old lighthouse and the clock tower, the Presidential Palace, the mosque Yami-ul-Affan, Central Park "Victoria" gardens "Chinamon Gardens", State University, the National Museum and Art Gallery .

Few people know that in November 1890 the famous Russian writer Anton Chekhov visited Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) and finished her story there, "Gusev." Initially, Anton Pavlovich settled at the "Galle Face" - the oldest Colombo hotel. However, the sea breeze that is constantly blowing from the ocean, has aggravated the writer's health and he moved to the hotel "Grand Oriental". Today, in this hotel room is a memorial-museum of Anton Chekhov in suite number 304, where the preserved furniture and furnishings of the time, and on the walls you can see photos of the writer.

Prices are listed on the page August 2015

Where to stay: the newlyweds and loving couples - in Bentota, away from the savages and hippies - in Beruvella wishing to live close to the entertainment capital and at the same time in a quiet place - Mount Lavinia. Kalutara and Negombo to lovers of water sports, well, Colombo - those who can not imagine life without the metropolitan bustle. What to see: one of the oldest cities of the island of Ceylon Anuradhapura, "Lion's Rock 'Sigiriya, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy, cave monasteries Dambulla, Dutch fort of the 17th century in Galle, a city-museum of Polonnaruwa, and the mountain resort of Nuwara Eliya, also often referred to as "little England". Finally, it is worth to spend a couple of days in the vibrant and bustling capital of the country - the city of Colombo. You may also be interested in Vietnam, India, Indonesia, China, Japan. See also: South America. The most popular destinations and resorts of the country: Bentota, Galle, Negombo, Kandy, Colombo.