Sport in Colombo
Getting to Colombo
Air (getting to/from) – Sri Lanka’s main international airport is 30 km away north of Colombo. The cheapest way to reach the city from the airport is the bus, which is located directly opposite the arrivals terminal. The bus is approximately a 45 minute journey to the Central Bus Station.
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Bus – Colombo has 3 main bus terminals (Bastian Mawatha, Central Bus Station, Saunders Pl), each with links to many cities across the country. Just be warned that the terminals are quite chaotic and there are many Tuk-Tuk and Taxi drivers looking to overcharge weary tourists.
Train – Colombo Fort Station is the main terminal in the city, being rather central. Trains from Colombo head on the scenic routes to Ella (via Kandy and Nuwara Eliya) and Galle (via Matara).
Where to Stay
On my 2 night stay in Colombo, I stayed at City Beds The Regent. Although it didn’t look like much from outside or even inside when walking up the stairs, the room itself was very modern, clean and comfortable. I chose this hotel based on its central location and proximity to Fort Rail station and the bus station for access to the airport. Rooms from £30 a night.
Food & Drink
The main hub of bars and restaurants I found to be located around Hospital Street, this included the reasonably priced The Dutch Pub for a few drinks. Luckily when we visited, the Colombo Street Food Festival was on, with plenty of food, drink and live music on offer and runs monthly.
What to do in Colombo
I didn’t find Colombo the best for sightseeing, more of a place to stroll around. I would recommend the following:
- Explore the Fort Area, taking in its old colonial-era buildings.
- Walk along Galle Face Green, to the the south of Fort and you will see locals playing in the sea, eating picnics and playing games.