Flying time from Singapore 3 hours 50 minutes
Currency Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
International dialling code +94
Climate Fairly temperate all year round, with monsoon seasons from May to August, and from October to January
Airport code CMB
Airport to city 33km
Airport tax LKR7,000 for international flights
Much more than a gateway to the beaches, temples and tea plantations that make Sri Lanka so appealing, the historic port of Colombo is a city quickly reclaiming its former glories, thanks to a slew of high-end hotel and restaurant openings. The sweeping boulevards and grand government buildings of the Fort district stand in stark contrast with the chaotic traffic and bustling markets at Pettah, while Mount Lavinia’s “Golden Mile” of beaches offers a quick retreat from the bustle of the city.