Exploring Sri Lanka’s Colonial Capital, Colombo

Sri Lanka, Colombo Guide (B): Exploring Sri Lanka’s Colonial Capital, Colombo

As the plane descends into Negombo, the location of the international airport servicing the country, 35kms north of Colombo, you get an excellent view of Sri Lanka’s green, carpeted hill country. Our transition to arrivals was swift as there weren’t a lot of planes at the time. We bought a sim card for $10 US dollars and got the change from $100 on our way to Immigration and Customs. That gave us enough change in Sri Lankan Rupees (LKR) for a few days.

Sharyn organised an airport taxi to take us down to Colombo and our Airbnb for the next few days. You pay a little extra to use the super fast toll road ( recommended). Total price 3100 LKR ( ~20 SUD) Once you enter the city limits the traffic congests to a standstill.

The alternative was the 184 bus to Colombo Fort and then a tuk-tuk. Or a tuk-tuk to the closest train station, a train to Colombo (if there was one!) and then another Tuk Tuk to our Airbnb. We could have saved around 10-12 USD total. We judged it a false economy seeing as we’d had a long trip, Tim was feeling very poorly, and 35 minutes straight to the door vs 2hours plus seemed like a much better deal. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Exploring Sri Lanka’s Colonial Capital, Colombo
Guide Location: Sri Lanka » Colombo
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: National Museum   Colombo’s Old Parliament   Seema Malaka Temple   Viharamahadevi Park   Central Telegraph Office   Colombo Gymkhana Club Ground   Buddha Statue   Colombo Cricket Cafe   Pettah   Mt Lavinia Hotel   Gangaramaya Temple   Galle Face Hotel   Galle Fort Railway Station   Barracuda  
Author: Sharyn Nilsen
Read it on author's website: https://catchourtravelbug.com/exploring-sri-lankas-colonial-capital-colombo/