Travel Guide to Colombo Sri Lanka -2020


History of Colombo

Colombo is the largest city in Sri Lanka is known as the financial and commercial capital of the country. As the 5th century Colombo had been served as trading center of Asia and West. The descendants of these traders can be seen in the population of Colombo today. 

jami ul alfar mosque sri lanka

Then Came the Colonial era from 1505-1948 which consist of the Portuguese era [1505-1638], the Dutch Era [1638-1796] and the British Era [1796-1948]. The British made Colombo their administrative capital, and it continued to serve as the capital even after the country gained independence from British rule. However, in 1980 Sri Jayawardanapura Kotte became the new capital of the country.

pettah market colombo
Old Map of Colombo


Geography of Colombo Sri Lanka

Colombo’s geography is a mix of land and water. The city has many canals and, in the heart of the city, the 65-hectare (160-acre) Beira Lake. The lake is one of the most distinctive landmarks of Colombo, and was used for centuries by colonists to defend the city. It remains a tourist attraction, hosting regattas, and theatrical events on its shores. The Northern and North-Eastern border of the city of Colombo is formed by the Kelani River, which meets the sea in a part of the city known as the Modera which means river delta.

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte

in 1980 Sri Jayawardanapura Kotte became the new capital of the country. commonly known as Kotte, is the official administrative capital of Sri Lanka. Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte is a satellite city and located within the urban area of Sri Lanka’s de facto economic and legislative capital, Colombo.

Colombo District

Is the second level administrative division of the country. The district is administered by a District Secretariat headed by a District Secretary appointed by the central government of Sri Lanka. The capital of the district is the city of Colombo.

Colombo Sri Lanka Weather

What is the Weather in Colombo?

Average temperatures in Colombo vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a chance of rain throughout most of the year. The area is far less temperate than some — in the 4th percentile for pleasant weather —  If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Colombo, the hottest months are May, June, and then April. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid May where highs are regularly around 89.6°F (32°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 79.2°F (26.2°C) at night.

Best time to visit Colombo?

The busiest month for tourism in Colombo, Sri Lanka is December, followed by October and August. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Colombo in June. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Annual rainfall in Colombo?

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 89.6°F (32°C) and 87.4°F (30.8°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is very common with 7 to 12 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 87.5°F (30.8°C) and 86.1°F (30.1°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a great amount: 13 to 14 days per month. Tourism is the second busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be slightly higher priced.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see moderate precipitation with 8 to 12 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Colombo, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Colombo to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 89.4°F (31.9°C) and 86.4°F (30.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 9 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.

44 Places to visit in Colombo & Around 2020

  1. Galle Face Green
  2. Royal Colombo Golf Course
  3. Colombo Lotus Tower
  4. National Museum Of Colombo
  5. Viharamahadevi Park
  6. Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil
  7. Sri Kailawasanathan Swami Devasthanam Kovil
  8. World Trade Centre
  9. Independence Memorial Hall
  10. Colombo Port Maritime Museum
  11. Old Parliament Building
  12. Pettah Floating Market
  13. Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque
  14. Seema Malaka
  15. Laksala
  16. Khan Clock Tower
  17. Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple
  18. Attidiya Bird Sanctuary
  19. Wolvendaal Church
  20. Sri Lanka Planetarium
  21. Sri Ponnambala Koneswaram Kovil
  22. National Art Gallery
  1. Crow Island Beach Park
  2. Sambodhi Chaithya
  3. Beddagana Wetland Park
  4. Diyatha Uyana
  5. Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya
  6. Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara
  7. Bally’s Casino
  8. Colombo Dutch Museum
  9. St. Lucia’s Cathedral
  10. Galle Face Green
  11. The Independence Square
  12. Beira Lake
  13. Viharamahadevi Park
  14. Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple
  15. Dehiwala Zoo
  16. Old Galle Buck Lighthouse
  17. Traditional Puppet Art Museum
  18. Day tour to Bentota
  19. Day Tour
  20. Old Dutch Hospital
  21. Day tour to Negombo
  22. Casino Marina

Map of Colombo

What to do in Colombo