is the capital city as well as the largest city of Sri Lanka
. It is also the commercial, financial, and tourist hub of Sri Lanka, the administrative capital of Western Province, and the District Capital of the District of Colombo. Colombo is conveniently located on the Western Coast of the island for numerous harbor activities as well as strategically positioned for sea trade.
The perfect mix of the Dutch, Portuguese, and British ruling systems gives Colombo a rich cultural blend as well as a deep heritage of architecture as featured in the massive high-end malls, stunning skyscrapers, and ancient museums like the iconic Colombo National Museum.
From the historical displays in museums to the extensive religious effect of the churches, mosques, and temples, and even the sprawling nature parks, as well as the Giant Buddha statue, visitors have a full bucket list of attraction spots in Colombo. Shopping for basic needs and souvenirs is done at the Pettah Bazaar district, while walks and strolls, as well as biking, go on at the splendid Oceanside promenade, and even more, numerous beach hopping off points are available to the south of the island.
When to visit Colombo
Colombo has a perfect mixture of land and water, complete with many canals and the beautiful Beira Lake, as well as the natural Kelani and Modera Rivers. The city enjoys a tropical climate under the Köppen classification with some characteristics of a tropical rainforest climate. The weather is mainly influenced by the monsoons and is characterized by a moderately temperate climate all through the year, and alternating rainy seasons during the monsoons.
The rainy seasons are experienced between April
and between September
. During this season, Colombo receives the highest rainfall of the year, with the rain gauge meters going as high as 414.4mm (16.3") on average on the rainiest days. The wettest month remains November
, with a total of fifteen rainy days.
The drier seasons come to Colombo between January
and between July
. Rainfall is still received during these seasons, although not as much as during the monsoon seasons. The driest month is January, with an average of only five rainfall days and an average rain gauge reading of 58.2mm (2.3").
The temperature in Colombo is moderately steady all year round, with the average low reading of 24.1°C (75.4°F), an average high reading of 30.7°C (87.3°F), and a daily mean average reading of 27.4°all through the year. Seeing that the temperature barely goes above 31°C (87.8°F) on the hottest days and below 22°C (71.6°F) on the coldest days, Colombo has no occurrences of the extreme summer scorch and severe winter chill. Sunshine is ample in Colombo throughout the year, and humidity averages remain high at 75% across the year.
The peak of the travel season to Colombo is anytime between December and March. During this time, the monsoon rains have calmed down considerably, making it easier to tour the city without hindrance. The humidity during this time is also moderately low and tolerable, and the temperature is warm and pleasant, averaging 26.5°C (79.7°F) per day.
Among the many activities and events in Colombo, the major one is the Vesak Buddhist Festival that happens in May
every year, where Buddhists come together to celebrate and appreciate their religion.