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Colombo

Sri Lanka 's commercial capital is an interesting blend of the varying Influences, it has seen for more than 600 years. Its importance as a trading port increased after the arrival of the Portuguese to the Island in the early 16 th Century. It continued to grow under the Dutch and British, and today shows the marked influence of all those cultures from the Islamic mosques, the Catholic, Dutch Reformed and Anglican churches. The Dutch Colonial style of architecture is very much in evidence, as are the special quarters for for separate trades in the Colombo Fort and Pettah area.
While the Fort gets its name from the former military garrison which was located here under the Dutch and British, it is still the location of Janadhipathi Mandiraya, the President's House. On its fringe is the beautiful sandstone building, which houses the Presidential Secretariat and the Government Secretariat, formally the Parliament, almost a replica of Whitehall in England.

Galle Face Green, the mile long promenade which borders the Fort on the South, is the largest open air stretch in the city and is lively centre for relaxation in the evening, with the backdrop of a beautiful sunset. Around it are the main city hotels, from the Galle Face Hotel which was established in 1864, the InterContinental which is the first modern five-star facility, the Colombo Marriott and the Taj Samudra. Nearby are the Colombo Hilton, the Hotel Lanka Oberoi and the Holiday Inn.

Colombo Fort still has great interest for shoppers with the many old shops which specialize in gems, silks, curios, old stamps and excellent leather goods. The Grand Oriental Hotel, by the Colombo Harbour, gives one of the best views of the harbour while lunching or dining at the Harbour Room, once the special pub and restaurant of the ship's captain's who called over at Colombo.

The Pettah, which was earlier on the outer fringe of the Fort, is still the busiest shopping bazaar in the city. Its many criss-crossing roads mark out sections which specializes in various trades from textiles and sarees, spices and condiments, goldsmiths and jewelers, wholesale dealers in rice, sugar, (lentils and chillie. One of these streets Gabo's Lane, still specializes in the trade in ayurvedic herbal medicines, which is the traditional form of medicines in Sri Lanka . In recent years the shopping area in Colombo have stretched southwards along Galle Road and R..A.de Mel Mawatha ( Duplication Road ) down through Kollupitiya, Bambalapitiya, Wellawatte and Havelock Town.

 

Colombo  Hotels

Hotel Rating Location Room Rate in US $ Room Type Validity period
SGL DBL TPL
Taj Samudra Hotel ***** Colombo 196 208 236 SUPERIOR CITY VIEW BB 01-01-2012 - 31-10-2012
Taj Samudra Hotel ***** Colombo 211 223 251 SUPERIOR SEA VIEW BB 01-01-2012 - 31-10-2012
Taj Samudra Hotel ***** Colombo 204 216 244 DELUXE CITY VIEW BB 01-01-2012 - 31-10-2012
Taj Samudra Hotel ***** Colombo 218 230 258 DELUXE SEA VIEW BB 01-01-2012 - 31-10-2012
         
Galadari Hotel   Colombo 171 183 - SUPERIOR DELUXE FLOOR ROOM - BB 01-04-2011 - 31-12-2011
               
Hotel Renuka UC Colombo 128 140 - RENUKA WING STANDARD - BB 08-04-2012 - 30-09-2012
Hotel Renuka UC Colombo 135 147 - RENUKA WING DELUXE - BB 08-04-2012 - 30-09-2012
Hotel Renuka UC Colombo 135 147 - RENUKA CITY WING STANDARD - BB 08-04-2012 - 30-09-2012
Hotel Renuka UC Colombo 157 169 - RENUKA CITY WING DELUXE - BB 08-04-2012 - 30-09-2012
               
Hotel Sapphire   Colombo 94 102 121 STANDARD BB 01-01-2012 - 31-12-2012
Hotel Sapphire   Colombo 109 117 136 DELUXE - BB 01-01-2012 - 31-12-2012
Hotel Sapphire   Colombo 114 122 141 SUITES - BB 01-01-2012 - 31-12-2012
               
Pegasus Reef Hotel - Wattala **** Colombo 100 127 153 STANDARD - BB 01-05-2012 - 31-10-2012
Pegasus Reef Hotel - Wattala **** Colombo 107 140 176 STANDARD - HB 01-05-2012 - 31-10-2012
Pegasus Reef Hotel - Wattala **** Colombo 127 153 180 DELUXE - BB 01-05-2012 - 31-10-2012
Pegasus Reef Hotel - Wattala **** Colombo 133 166 202 DELUXE - HB 01-05-2012 - 31-10-2012
               

 

SGL = Single, DBL = Double, TPL = Triple,

STD = Standard, SUP = Superior, DLX = Deluxe

BB = Bed & Breakfast, HB = Half Board

 

 

 

 

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