Colombo, on the west coast of Sri Lanka, is adjacent to Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte and is the largest city in the country formerly known as Ceylon. Its large harbour and strategic position along East-West sea trade routes made Colombo an important trading stop as much as 2,000 years ago, and when Ceylon became a part of the British Empire, Colombo became the capital of the colony. Blending contemporary life with gracious colonial buildings and ancient ruins, and weaving different cultures together into a colourful quilt, the city offers much for visitors on Colombo travel packages. Fine dining and shopping, urban bustle in an otherwise rural country, cultural and historical attractions, and much more are waiting to be experienced by travellers on cheap holidays to Colombo. Direct Flights, your online travel specialist, is ready and waiting to book your discount travel to Colombo. Our easy-to-use online booking system will find the best travel deals, including cheap flights to Colombo and accommodation in Colombo at a price that will fit your budget. There's no need to go to a travel agent's office when you book through Direct Flights: it's all done online from the convenience of your computer.
The cultural centre of Sri Lanka, Colombo is a beehive of activity that features a patchwork of markets, gardens and buildings, great and small. The Fort district is Colombo's historic centre and also its main business district. Most Dutch, Portuguese and British colonial-era buildings are located in Fort, along with much of the hotel accommodation in Colombo. Colombo's renowned mid-19th-century Clock Tower was originally a lighthouse but is now a handy landmark for navigating the city centre.
The National Museum boasts a massive collection of antiques and objects d'art and is a treasure chest encompassing Ceylon's history and cultural heritage. Among its exhibits are the royal trappings worn by the Kings of Kandy, dating back to the 17th century. East of Fort is the colourful Pettah bazaar district, with streets jammed with shops and vendors' stalls selling all types of goods. At one time an exclusive residential area filled with stately homes, Pettah also features the Dutch House Museum, which displays artefacts from the period when the Dutch East India Company ruled Ceylon.
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Visitors on Colombo travel packages can also use their accommodation in Colombo to explore other locations in Sri Lanka, a small island full of mystique that offers a variety of attractions. The closest beach resort is Mount Lavinia, only about 10km from the city. But nearby, colourful elephant-led festival processions, palm-lined beaches, Kandyan dances, lovely temples and rare wildlife also await. So why wait? Let Direct Flights find you cheap flights to Colombo as well as discount accommodations in Colombo.