COLOMBO (Population: 700,000)

Colombo

Colombo is a fascinating city, not only due to its comfortable blend of East and West, but also for its cozy mixture of the past and present. It is the commercial capital of the country and is only 34 kilometers from the international air port.

Colombo is the gateway to Sri Lanka for most travelers—but don’t be tempted to simply pass through this diverse and interesting city. Take a train ride along the coast to Mount Lavinia, a popular beach, or explore the Talangama Wetland, which several TripAdvisor travelers say is the perfect place to take a break from the bustling streets of the city.

Attractions: Buddhist temples, Hindu temples, churches the old Parliament building, the zoo, museums, and art galleries.