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Colombo - the spirit of Sri Lanka   by Pushpitha Wijesinghe

Colombo posses a natural harbour and has been a port of call for more than 2,000 years. It was often the landing point for many traders and since then has remained a major financial and business city for Sri Lanka. This capital city is a rich source of entertainment in all forms, dining, shopping and site seeing.
With its glorious past and hopeful future, Colombo brings forward an exotic cocktail of elements that are hard to resist. Find remnants of its glorious past in pockets around the city, healthy doses of greenery, bargain deals be it for hotels, shopping or dining and nightlife that rouse the senses.

Colombo shopping is definitely a worthwhile effort, buyers can pick from a few of her shopping malls like Crescat Boulevard, Majestic City, Odel and Liberty Plaza. Known to be a country that mass produces export garments, clothing shops are not hard to find. Shoppers can expect to find clothing for all seasons along with a wide array of shoes and other accessories that would fit any purse. 

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From international to local designer labels, from street vendors in Pettah to air conditioned malls and everything in between, shopping in Colombo will never fail to delight you.
 
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Dining in Colombo is also a delightful occurrence, from street hawkers to fine dining, this capital city has more than its fair share of options. Sri Lankans love their food, and it's no surprise that you can find just about any type of cuisine, made to varied tastes and flavours that will leave you wanting more. Take a pick from Sri Lankan, Chinese, Italian, German, Japanese, Thai, Indian, Vietnamese and so many others when you dine in a Colombo restaurant.

Nightlife in Colombo is also another reason to rejoice, from its myriad of restaurants, local theatre performances, bars and nightclubs. Colombo can be easily traversed from one end to the other in a reasonable period of time, and the nightclubs are usually segregated to areas that are close to the 5 star hotels in Colombo.


For some sight seeing of cultural and historical significance, Colombo is plentiful in colonial architecture, temples, museums and galleries. Bordering the west coast of Sri Lanka, this capital city may not be teeming with skyscrapers or could be referred to as a metropolis, but her demure and pulse is something that is just waiting to be appreciated. 

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About the Author: Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.  When looking for Colombo hotels, why not try any of the accommodations available from the John Keells Hotels Group?

FEATURED HOTELS IN COLOMBO, SRI LANKA

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Airport Garden Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Just five minutes away from the airport, amidst a garden of green palms that let you know you're in a tropical paradise, lies the Taj Airport Garden, the home for busy business persons. Overlooking the Negombo Lagoon, this first-class hotel offers comfortable accommodations for a relaxing holiday or business trip. It is ideally situated for visitors to the area and has a welcoming atmosphere with friendly and hospitable service. The hotel has excellent facilities as well as comfortable guest rooms and public areas. All of the guest rooms are comfortable and nicely equipped to give a feeling of relaxed luxury. The hotel features a variety of facilities and services that are sure to meet the needs of both business and leisure travellers.
Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Located in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the Galle Face Hotel overlooks a kilometer-long manicured lawn called the Galle Face Green. This seaside hotel is positioned near tea plantations, wildlife sanctuaries and elephant safari sites. The hotel's arched façade leads to a gracious lobby decorated in colonial-style with natural-wood furnishings. Dining options include the sea spray restaurant, where gourmet seafood delicacies are served under the stars. The Verandah restaurant prepares buffet-style breakfasts and continental, American and Sri Lankan specialties. Haunting ethnic music plays in the wine lounge that retains an ample stock of fine wines. The 1864 restaurant affords fine-dining ambience and prepares artfully arranged gourmet cuisine. 
Hilton Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
The only hotel linked by a walkway to Colomboís World Trade Center, the city-centre Hilton Colombo hotel overlooks the Indian Ocean. Enjoy the gym, sauna, outdoor pool and tennis and squash courts. Do business in the Executive Lounge and 24-hour business centre or unwind in any of 10 restaurants and bars.  Sip cocktails at the Poolside Bar, try Sri Lankan cuisine at the Curry Leaf or Szechuan dishes at the Emperorís Wok at the Hilton Colombo hotel.  All Hilton Colombo hotel rooms, from Rooms to Suites, boast high-speed internet access. Opt for an Executive Room for Executive Lounge access.
Hilton Colombo Residence, Colombo, Sri Lanka
The Hilton Colombo Residence is a smart towering apartment complex situated in the capital's central business district, three kilometres from the harbour. This 33-floor hotel features 168 contemporary suites decorated in light tones with wooden floors. All suites have separate living and dining areas and modern kitchen facilities with washing machines. Dining options include a vibrant a la carte restaurant, a European-style café serving freshly baked breads and desserts and an Asian terrace bistro; round the clock room service is also offered. Guests can cool off in the outdoor swimming pool or relax on the terrace with a drink from the poolside bistro.
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HOTELS IN AREAS SURROUNDING COLOMBO, SRI LANKA

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Deer Park Hotel, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
Deer Park Hotel in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka is your window to the magnificent past of Sri Lanka's ancient civilizations and Unesco World Heritage sites. Let the cottages in Deer Park Hotel bring you right into the midst of nature. Set within peaceful jungle scenery and next door to the calm beauty of the Giritale Reservoir, this is the perfect place to rest after an eventful day of cultural adventure or ecological trekking. Known as the ancient hunting ground of Sri Lankan royalty, the jungle surrounding Deer Park Hotel itself oozes tranquility and is home to an abundance of flora and fauna. Individual cottages weave intimately around the forest, which echoes cultures past and present.
Dickwella Village Resort, Dickwella Village, Sri Lanka
The main building has been built on the reef in such a soft way that you can enjoy the breakfast facing the reef.  The big ocean terrace has seen the commotion of thousands of guests having dinner by candlelight, the music of the ocean, the fisherman at sea with their lights like a diamond chain, the Dondra lighthouse and an unforgettable sky were the stars astonish you. There is a pizzeria beside the salt water swimming-pool with Jacuzzi were you can enjoy your lunch in your bathing costume.  Our restaurants with Italian touch, change from inside to the ocean terrace or we have dinner around the pool.
Eden Resort and Spa, Beruwela, Sri Lanka
The Eden Resort & Spa, a sprawling five-acre beachfront paradise located on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, is known as the "Golden Mile" of Beruwela Beach. Couples can take a leisurely sunset walk six blocks along the beach to see the historic Beruwela Harbour and lighthouse, or take a day tour and group excursion to many of Sri Lanka's architectural and natural wonders, museums and fantastic botanical gardens. This contemporary-style hotel is unequaled in east-meets-west culture and style, featuring complimentary buffet-style breakfasts and on-site restaurants that serve everything from Asian fusion cuisine to classic continental meals. 
Heritance Ahungalle, Ahungalla, Sri Lanka
The Heritance Ahungalla rises from the sea in the quaint fishing village of Ahungalla, Sri Lanka. This luxury property stands near the uniquely Dutch-influenced Ambagahapityia Welitara Buddhist temple. The Ariyapala Mask Museum, located 10 kilometers away in Ambalangoda, is famous for mask making and native dancing exhibitions. This hotel's main restaurant features an intimate, dramatically designed interior with an exotic batik-cloth dome, where the speciality is harvests from the sea. A fine-dining venue features timbered grillwork decor, and opens to reveal the pool and ocean by day. Energy pulsates at the hotel's discotheque and karaoke lounge. This property features a gracious, colonnaded indoor lap pool and an expansive infinity pool that appears to merge with the ocean.
Hibiscus Beach Hotel, Kalutara, Sri Lanka
Kalutara is where the tropical beaches of Sri Lankaís west coast really begin. The capital, Colombo, lies about 80 minutes to the north, the pace of life begins to slow and the palm trees begin to sway to the breezes of the Indian Ocean. Hibiscus Beach has the most natural feel of any of Kalutaraís small collection of beach hotels. If the beach does not quite rival the vast sandy expanse of Bentota, the hotelís own sandy area, strewn with palm trees, provides a surprisingly satisfying and private addition.  There is also a new family villa (sleeps six) with private balconies, an open-air bathroom and jacuzzi.
Lighthouse Hotel, Galle, Sri Lanka
Poised on a knoll overlooking a palm-bordered beach, the Lighthouse Hotel stands in the city of Galle along the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka. The Kottawa Forest Reserve is located 19 kilometers away.   This luxury resort offers on-site dining at the poolside Anchor Bar & Grill, the elegant Cinnamon Room and the Cardamom café. Culinary delights range from traditional beef burgers to tamarind glazed steak of yellow fin tuna and wok seared jumbo tiger prawns. Children's and vegetarian menus are available. The Adam & Eve dining experience offers three-course dinner service followed by a floral bath under the stars. This three-story, smoke-free resort features 63 air-conditioned guestrooms equipped with wireless internet access.
The Beach, Negombo, Sri Lanka
The Beach rests along a picturesque stretch of private beach in Negombo, Sri Lanka. This resort is located en route to the cultural triangle and the hill country of Sri Lanka.   This resort, which was refurbished in 2005, integrates the architectural concept of natural simplicity with the appeal of modern design. Dining is offered at the Black Coral and the Sands restaurants that prepare international and Sri Lankan cuisine. Health and vegetarian menus are available upon request. Starlit dinners are served on the beach, and a poolside bar offers refreshments. This three-story resort offers 75 guestrooms and suites that extend onto private Indian Ocean-view balconies or terraces. Island-style décor features rich, natural-wood furniture, tiled floors and white fabric accents.
The Blue Water, Thalpitiya, Sri Lanka
The Blue Water, located 30 kilometers south of Colombo, Sri Lanka, is a spa resort fronted by the Indian Ocean and bordered by the coconut palms that grace picturesque Wadduwa Beach. Shops and pharmacies are positioned nearby. The hotel was designed by reputed Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. This water-themed resort features ponds, streams, fountains and a waterway that winds through the lobby. The Admiral's Room restaurant prepares Italian, Mexican And Indian-themed buffets, and Sri Lankan gourmet dishes. The Seven Seas 24-hour coffee shop serves international fare.The palm-lined outdoor pool is one of the largest in the world and features a bar that serves poolside refreshments. This property offers 96 air-conditioned guestrooms that extend onto sea-view balconies or terraces.
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