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Colombo

Colombo is the largest city and the commercial, industrial, and cultural capital of Sri Lanka. It is located on the west coast of the island, on the Gulf of Mannar and the Indian Ocean. Colombo is the administrative capital of the Western Province and also the legislative capital of Sri Lanka.

The city is home to some of the most important landmarks in Sri Lanka, such as the Galle Face Green, the National Museum, and the Old Parliament Building. Colombo is also a major port city, connecting Sri Lanka to the world.

Colombo has a tropical climate, with temperatures ranging from the low 70s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit. The city is divided into 15 local government bodies, each of which is responsible for providing basic services to its citizens.

Colombo has a rich history, with evidence of human habitation dating back to the 5th century BC. In 1505, the Portuguese arrived in Colombo and built a fort. The Dutch then took control of the city in 1656, and it remained a Dutch colony until 1796. In 1815, the British took control of Colombo and it remained a British colony until 1948.

Throughout its history, Colombo has been an important trading port and has been the site of many battles. In 1983, the Sri Lankan Civil War began in Colombo and lasted until 2009. Since then, the city has been rebuilding and is now an important center of culture and industry in Sri Lanka.

Excursion tips for a day in Colombo

1. Visit the Galle Face Green Promenade: Enjoy a leisurely stroll or take a horse-drawn carriage ride along the beachfront promenade, which offers stunning views of the Indian Ocean.

2. Explore the National Museum of Colombo: Located in the historic former Royal Palace, this museum is a treasure trove of Sri Lankan history, art, and culture.

3. Visit the Gangaramaya Temple: This temple is a great place to explore the rich cultural heritage of Sri Lanka.

4. Take a Tour of the Pettah Market: Explore the vibrant and bustling streets of the Pettah Market, which is filled with colorful stalls selling a variety of goods.

5. Visit the Old Dutch Hospital: This former hospital from the Dutch colonial era has been converted into a shopping and dining complex.

6. Take a Boat Ride on the Beira Lake: Enjoy a peaceful boat ride on the Beira Lake and take in the beautiful views of the city.

7. Indulge in Local Cuisine: Try some of the delicious local food such as Kottu Roti, Hoppers, and Kool.

8. Visit the Colombo Zoo: Spend some time with the animals and learn more about the wildlife of Sri Lanka.

9. Relax at Viharamahadevi Park: This large public park is a great place to relax and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

10. Watch a Movie at the Majestic Cinema: This classic cinema is located in the heart of the city and offers a great selection of movies.

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The climate in Colombo

Spring (March to May): During the spring, the temperature in Colombo is warm and humid. The average temperature ranges from 25°C (77°F) to 32°C (90°F). There is also a chance of rain during this time of year. Summer (June to August): The summer months in Colombo are hot and humid. The temperature ranges from 28°C (82°F) to 35°C (95°F). There is also a chance of rain during this time of year. Autumn (September to November): The autumn months in Colombo are warm and humid. The temperature ranges from 25°C (77°F) to 32°C (90°F). There is also a chance of rain during this time of year. Winter (December to February): The winter months in Colombo are mild and humid. The temperature ranges from 23°C (73°F) to 30°C (86°F). There is also a chance of rain during this time of year.

Cruise weather for Colombo

Our weather forecast for Colombo helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 28.1 °C
min: 27.6 °C
23.8 m/s
39.6 m/s
77.0 %
24.1 m
83.8 %
1,009 hPa
06:03:07
18:30:58
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 27.8 °C
min: 27.5 °C
22.0 m/s
29.9 m/s
73.4 %
24.1 m
85.9 %
1,010 hPa
06:03:16
18:30:53
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 27.8 °C
min: 27.4 °C
23.8 m/s
35.6 m/s
62.9 %
23.6 m
85.1 %
1,010 hPa
06:03:25
18:30:48
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 27.7 °C
min: 27.5 °C
26.3 m/s
36.7 m/s
91.0 %
23.6 m
84.3 %
1,010 hPa
06:03:33
18:30:42
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 27.7 °C
min: 27.2 °C
23.8 m/s
31.3 m/s
67.6 %
23.5 m
84.5 %
1,009 hPa
06:03:41
18:30:35
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 27.8 °C
min: 27.5 °C
20.6 m/s
32.0 m/s
99.0 %
24.1 m
83.9 %
1,010 hPa
06:03:49
18:30:27
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 27.8 °C
min: 27.5 °C
22.8 m/s
35.3 m/s
100.0 %
24.1 m
85.8 %
1,010 hPa
06:03:56
18:30:19
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 27.8 °C
min: 27.4 °C
27.0 m/s
37.8 m/s
98.6 %
21.8 m
84.6 %
1,010 hPa
06:04:02
18:30:09
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 27.8 °C
min: 27.3 °C
25.9 m/s
37.1 m/s
90.5 %
20.1 m
83.6 %
1,009 hPa
06:04:08
18:30:00
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 27.9 °C
min: 27.4 °C
24.8 m/s
37.1 m/s
73.2 %
20.5 m
83.0 %
1,009 hPa
06:04:14
18:29:49
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 27.7 °C
min: 27.3 °C
25.9 m/s
37.4 m/s
90.2 %
20.7 m
83.6 %
1,009 hPa
06:04:19
18:29:37
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 27.4 °C
min: 27.1 °C
25.9 m/s
37.4 m/s
100.0 %
16.1 m
82.4 %
1,010 hPa
06:04:24
18:29:25
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 27.5 °C
min: 27.1 °C
27.0 m/s
41.8 m/s
92.0 %
17.6 m
80.7 %
1,010 hPa
06:04:28
18:29:12
Aug. 3rd 2024 Aug. 3rd 2024 max: 27.5 °C
min: 26.7 °C
28.8 m/s
42.0 m/s
93.8 %
21.0 m
82.2 %
1,009 hPa
06:04:32
18:28:59
Aug. 4th 2024 Aug. 4th 2024 max: 27.8 °C
min: 27.1 °C
30.6 m/s
45.4 m/s
72.0 %
23.7 m
82.5 %
1,008 hPa
06:04:35
18:28:44

Cruises to Colombo

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Scheduled ship calls in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Oct. 30th 2024 Wednesday, 30th of Oct. 2024 MS Europa 2 11:00 pm 12:00 am
Oct. 31st 2024 Thursday, 31st of Oct. 2024 MS Europa 2 12:00 am 12:00 am
Nov. 15th 2024 Friday, 15th of Nov. 2024 MS Europa 10:00 pm 12:00 am
Nov. 16th 2024 Saturday, 16th of Nov. 2024 MS Europa 12:00 am 11:59 pm
Nov. 20th 2024 Wednesday, 20th of Nov. 2024 Vasco da Gama 07:00 am 12:00 am
Nov. 21st 2024 Thursday, 21st of Nov. 2024 Vasco da Gama 12:00 am 06:00 pm
Nov. 26th 2024 Tuesday, 26th of Nov. 2024 Mein Schiff 6 07:00 am 09:00 pm
Nov. 30th 2024 Saturday, 30th of Nov. 2024 Azamara Pursuit 05:00 pm 12:00 am
Dec. 1st 2024 Sunday, 1st of Dec. 2024 Azamara Pursuit 12:00 am 08:00 pm
Dec. 1st 2024 Sunday, 1st of Dec. 2024 Celebrity Millennium 07:00 am 04:30 pm
Dec. 11th 2024 Wednesday, 11th of Dec. 2024 AIDAstella 07:00 am 07:00 pm DetailsPartnerlink
Dec. 11th 2024 Wednesday, 11th of Dec. 2024 Celebrity Millennium 03:00 pm 12:00 am
Dec. 11th 2024 Wednesday, 11th of Dec. 2024 Silver Dawn 01:00 pm 12:00 am
Dec. 11th 2024 Wednesday, 11th of Dec. 2024 Silver Whisper 07:00 am 10:00 pm
Dec. 12th 2024 Thursday, 12th of Dec. 2024 Celebrity Millennium 12:00 am 08:00 pm
Dec. 12th 2024 Thursday, 12th of Dec. 2024 Silver Dawn 12:00 am 11:00 pm
Dec. 16th 2024 Monday, 16th of Dec. 2024 Silver Dawn 08:00 am 10:30 pm
Dec. 29th 2024 Sunday, 29th of Dec. 2024 Seven Seas Voyager 01:00 pm 12:00 am
Dec. 30th 2024 Monday, 30th of Dec. 2024 Seven Seas Voyager 12:00 am 06:00 pm
Dec. 31st 2024 Tuesday, 31st of Dec. 2024 Norwegian Sky 01:00 pm 08:00 pm
Jan. 2nd 2025 Thursday, 2nd of Jan. 2025 MS Riviera 07:00 am 08:00 pm
Feb. 14th 2025 Friday, 14th of Feb. 2025 Celebrity Millennium 07:00 am 04:30 pm
Feb. 17th 2025 Monday, 17th of Feb. 2025 Silver Dawn 08:00 am 11:00 pm
Feb. 18th 2025 Tuesday, 18th of Feb. 2025 Silver Dawn 08:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 19th 2025 Wednesday, 19th of Feb. 2025 Silver Dawn 12:00 am 07:00 pm
Feb. 22nd 2025 Saturday, 22nd of Feb. 2025 Celebrity Millennium 11:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 23rd 2025 Sunday, 23rd of Feb. 2025 Celebrity Millennium 12:00 am 08:00 pm
Mar. 2nd 2025 Sunday, 2nd of Mar. 2025 LE LAPEROUSE 07:00 am 06:00 pm
Mar. 8th 2025 Saturday, 8th of Mar. 2025 MS Zuiderdam 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Mar. 10th 2025 Monday, 10th of Mar. 2025 Seabourn Encore 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Mar. 13th 2025 Thursday, 13th of Mar. 2025 LE LAPEROUSE 12:00 am 06:00 pm
Mar. 13th 2025 Thursday, 13th of Mar. 2025 MS Insignia 12:00 pm 12:00 am
Mar. 14th 2025 Friday, 14th of Mar. 2025 MS Insignia 12:00 am 05:00 pm
Mar. 24th 2025 Monday, 24th of Mar. 2025 LE LAPEROUSE 07:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 24th 2025 Monday, 24th of Mar. 2025 MS Amadea 08:00 am 07:00 pm
Apr. 3rd 2025 Thursday, 3rd of Apr. 2025 Norwegian Sky 09:00 am 04:00 pm
Apr. 12th 2025 Saturday, 12th of Apr. 2025 MSC Magnifica 09:00 am 05:00 pm
Apr. 15th 2025 Tuesday, 15th of Apr. 2025 Azamara Onward 09:00 am 12:00 am
Apr. 16th 2025 Wednesday, 16th of Apr. 2025 Azamara Onward 12:00 am 12:00 pm
Apr. 28th 2025 Monday, 28th of Apr. 2025 MS Nautica 07:00 am 12:00 am
Apr. 29th 2025 Tuesday, 29th of Apr. 2025 MS Nautica 12:00 am 02:00 pm
May 7th 2025 Wednesday, 7th of May 2025 Seven Seas Voyager 07:00 am 03:00 pm
May 7th 2025 Wednesday, 7th of May 2025 Silver Whisper 08:00 am 11:59 pm
May 11th 2025 Sunday, 11th of May 2025 Silver Muse 08:00 am 11:00 pm
May 14th 2025 Wednesday, 14th of May 2025 Mein Schiff 6 07:00 am 09:00 pm
Jun. 10th 2025 Tuesday, 10th of Jun. 2025 Azamara Pursuit 08:00 am 10:00 pm
Nov. 18th 2025 Tuesday, 18th of Nov. 2025 Mein Schiff 6 07:00 am 09:00 pm
Nov. 20th 2025 Thursday, 20th of Nov. 2025 Celebrity Millennium 07:00 am 04:00 pm
Nov. 23rd 2025 Sunday, 23rd of Nov. 2025 Azamara Pursuit 05:00 pm 12:00 am
Nov. 24th 2025 Monday, 24th of Nov. 2025 Azamara Pursuit 12:00 am 08:00 pm

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