Originating in 1864, Galle Face Hotel has stood proudly on the shoreline of Colombo for more than 150 years. Over the centuries, this magnificent heritage hotel has remained unchanged in her grandeur, today a national icon that represents both both Sri Lanka's colonial past and its independent present. A full refurbishment in 2015 saw Galle Face Hotel restored to full splendour, offering superlatively modern amenities coupled with timeless service.
Colombo is the capital and largest city of Sri Lanka. It is a typical Southeast Asian coastal city. There is beautiful coastal scenery and bustling night markets and casinos, as well as towering skyscrapers and magnificent temples and halls. The romantic and casual atmosphere is what gives Colombo its unique charm.
Colombo is a beautiful city with lush woods, pleasant weather, neat wide streets, and towering commercial buildings. Galle Road, the main street in the city, is a straight boulevard stretching from north to south, and eventually to Galle, which is more than 100 km away. In the streets of Colombo's old city, Hindu and Buddhist temples, Islamic monasteries, and Christian churches stand one after another.
The two iconic buildings of Colombo are the National Museum of Colombo – which houses the largest collection of cultural relics in Sri Lanka and preserves the monument constructed in Sri Lanka by Zheng He; and Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall - an internationally renowned building established in Sri Lanka 30 years ago under the help of China. In addition, the world’s first elephant orphanage, the ancient city of Kandy, the many National Forest Parks, and the South Coast should not be missed either. There’s something for everyone. Book a hotel in Colombo and enjoy your vacation.
Best season for travel: July -- August
Colombo has a pleasant tropical climate with high temperatures but no strong heat. The average annual temperature is around 27°C and is suitable for tourism throughout the year. However, in July and August, Sri Lanka will celebrate the 10-day festival of the Esala Perahera. Although the main venue for celebration is in Kandy, Colombo will also hold many performances with local characteristics such as dancing, music and elephant shows. Don't miss it.