Colombo is the capital and with 750000 inhabitants the largest city of Sri Lanka.
It is located in the plains on the southwestern coast of the island. Colombo is the main access point to Sri Lanka for international travellers. The city itself is not terribly interesting from a tourist perspective, although it is possible to spend half a day or even a day visiting it. The main problem is the lack of an interesting historic centre with old buildings. A historic centre does exist, but it is not well accessible (some parts are restricted), some old buildings have been dismantled and there few interesting sights.
Colombo has been settled for at least 2000 years, mainly because of its natural harbour. The Europeans started arriving at the beginning of the 16th century. Initially the Portuguese arrived, followed by the Dutch and finally the English, who captured the city in 1796.
How to get to Colombo
Colombo is easily accessible by plane due to its international airport.
There are several hotels, most bookable via the international booking portals or directly on the hotel websites.