Sri Lanka’s largest city COLOMBO, is a busy and vibrant city mixture of modern life and ancient historical colonial buildings and ruins that offers a variety experience. Colombo is an ideal location to start the Sri Lankan sojourn.
Originally named Kolomthota, Colombo was the main seaport of Kotte, the country’s 15th and 16th century capital. Known to Arab traders as Kalamba, the city attracted the rapacious Portuguese as early as 1505 and became the bastion of their rule for almost 150 years. Surprisingly little remains to attest to this era, apart from a scattering of Portuguese surnames in the telephone directory and a handful of Roman Catholic churches and seminaries depicting their architecture.