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Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital, biggest city and major port, draws together all the colours and cultures that make up this island nation, condenses them into a patchwork of markets, gardens and buildings both humble and grand, and knocks them against a narrow slab of beachfront.
Colombo has a population of close to 5 million and is located on the west coast of the island and has a large busy harbour that is the fulcrum for trade for the country. Due to its excellent strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, Colombo was actually known to ancient traders over 2,000 years ago and then the Portuguese, Dutch and British all took turns ruling the country until independence in 1948. They have all made the mark on the city and today it is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural city that is busy and vibrant, combining modernity with colonial architecture and historical buildings. It is the most liberal of cities in Sri Lanka and offers an extensive selection of hotels, restaurants, bars and entertainment areas and actually has a buzzing nightlife scene.
Famous landmarks and attractions in Colombo include the Galle Face Green, the Viharamahadevi Park, Beira Lake, the Pettah Market, the Khan Clock Tower, Mount Lavinia Beach as well as the National Museum and Town Hall.


Casa Colombo is a retro-chic hotel that blends a contemporary designer style with the charms of a magnificent 200 year-old Moorish mansion.
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