Fly To Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Colombo is Sri Lanka’s capital as well as being the largest city in the country. The city is also a port which exports many natural products such as rice and spices from Sri Lanka to the rest of the world.
Sri Lanka’s architecture also sticks out owing to its colonial style from the days when it was known as Ceylon. The city also offers fantastic opportunities for fine dining and shopping in one of new shopping centres which are going up in the city. Many visitors to Sri Lanka will often only stay in Colombo for a night whilst heading towards another destination such as the famous coastline of the country, though it is recommended you stay at least a couple days due to the vast amount of attractions available. These include a range of fantastic museums, art galleries and landmarks within the city. The local food which is readily available at low prices is also exceptional and is a must when visiting the country.
Visa Requirements and SA Embassy details
- A Visa for Sri Lanka is issued upon arrival for South African citizens. South African passport holders must have 6 months remaining in their passport.
- The South African high commission to Sri Lanka is located in the capital Colombo. The address is 114 Rosemead Place, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Phone +94-11-246-3000.
See and do
It is recommended that visitors to Sri Lanka head out of the main cities when they get the opportunity to do so, in order to visit some of the islands most beautiful sites. A great choice when leaving Colombo is to visit the Central Province of Sri Lanka. The central province has a number of tourist attractions on offer which includes Sigiriya. Sigiriya is famous for its palace ruins which reach as high as 200 metres above ground.
Fans of water sports will want to head to the beach resort area of Hikkaduwa which is the premier location for diving in the country. There are a number of dive schools in the area surrounding the resort, which offer everything from simple beginner courses to dives on wrecks for the more experienced divers. The area is also rich in tropical marine life with endless species of fish and other ocean creatures available to see.
Sri Lanka is also becoming an increasingly popular destination for surfers, who are flocking to the island for the low cost of living and fantastic waves on offer. Sri Lankan surf spots are also far less crowded than those of other countries around the world.
Colombo International Airport – CMB
Food and beverage: There are several restaurants run by Sri Lankan Airlines which can be found in the departure lobby and the transit lounge. These restaurants serve both local and international cuisine. A licenced coffee shop is in the departure area.
Currency Exchange: O7 Banks can be found in each departure and arrival lobby areas. There is also a Second Bank in the transit area for the purpose of foreign exchange.
Lost Luggage: Lost luggage should always be reported to the airline with which you flew. Luggage lost in the terminal itself can be reported to the airport authorities inside the terminal building.
Airport Hotels: The Gateway Airport Garden Hotel is located just 10 minutes from the airport.
Car Hire: Kent, Budget, Avis, Hertz, and a number of local firms provide car rental services at Colombo Airport.
Airport Hub: Colombo International Airport (code CMB) is a hub for Cinnamon Air, Expo Air, Lankan Cargo, Mihin Lanka, Millennium Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines.