Destination guide

Holiday homes to rent in Colombo call you to adventure

Colombo is a commercial capital and major metropolis in Sri Lanka. It offers a wealth of historic attractions, shopping, fine dining, family fun and other points of interest that will thrill visitors and travellers of all varieties. If you’re a couple on a romantic getaway, you’ll find upscale quiet restaurants and serene walks along the beach. If you’re a family on holiday, you’ll find museums, parks and fun. For any group of any size, holiday homes in Colombo will offer an unforgettable travel experience and memories to last a lifetime.

History

Historic and heritage attractions near Colombo holiday homes

Sri Lanka has a broad history, and Colombo has important locales to see. Independence Memorial Hall is an elaborate monument and public square that commemorates the country’s independence from Britain in 1948. The Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque is among the oldest in the city and features a striking red-and-white stripe design. Seema Malaka is a historic Buddhist temple that was first constructed in the 19th century and offers a serene place for meditation and rest. For exhibits regarding the history of Dutch colonial rule, you can visit the Colombo Dutch Museum on Prince Street in a former 17th-century governor’s mansion.

Things to do

Other things to do near Colombo holiday homes for rent

There are many things to do in Colombo, just a few steps away from homes for rent. Galle Face Green is an urban park along the ocean covering 5 hectares of land and offering a long stretch of green space right in the heart of the city. The Gangaramaya Temple is famed for its iconic lonely elephant, Ganga, and its iconic traditional architecture. The National Museum of Colombo is a massive museum with important exhibits like the throne and crown of the Kandyan monarchs. The famed Pettah Market is a vast open-air bazaar with artisans, food and crafts.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Colombo

Do you want to discover things to do while you're in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and check out everything that makes Colombo a fun spot to go on holiday. These are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Royal Colombo Golf Club (1.5 mi / 2.5 km)
  • National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka (4.1 mi / 6.7 km)
  • Water World Lanka (5.8 mi / 9.3 km)
  • Guruge Nature Park (10.8 mi / 17.4 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the natural landscape of Colombo

Travellers appreciate the beautiful ocean views and breathtaking sunsets, which is just a taste of what Colombo has to offer. Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, Colombo is a great place to get outside. These are a few of the area's most enchanting sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Viharamahadevi Park (0.1 mi / 0.1 km)
  • Beira Lake (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Galle Face Beach (1.2 mi / 1.9 km)
  • Galle Face Green (1.4 mi / 2.3 km)
  • Diyatha Uyana (3.3 mi / 5.3 km)
  • Mount Lavinia Beach (5 mi / 8.1 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Colombo

Fly into Colombo (CMB-Bandaranaike Intl.), the closest airport, located 18.1 mi (29.1 km) from the city centre.

If you'd rather travel by train, make your way to Colombo Fort Station or Wellawatta Railway Station and explore the city from there.

How to get around

Travel and transport around Colombo holiday homes

There are several ways to get around your Colombo holiday homes. Flying into the city will see you land in Ratmalana Airport about 15 km south of the city centre. Rail service, taxi service, shuttles or car hires are available to get you into the city proper. The city has an extensive public transport system of buses that run on a regular schedule. Many of the landmarks in the city are walkable, and this can be a good way to find new shopping and dining experiences and points of interest to explore.

Food & drink 

Food and drink to try near Colombo holiday rentals

Once you settle into your Colombo holiday rentals, you’ll want to sample the local fare. Fish ambul thiyal is a sour fish curry, cubed and sautéed in spices including cinnamon, turmeric, garlic, black pepper and others. Kottu is found at many of the local markets and is also a popular street food, made from a fried rice dough served with spicy curry sauce. Kukul mas curry is a chicken dish with spices such as fennel, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves as well as curry powder, turmeric and others. For a sweet snack, try Sri Lankan wood apple right out of the shell.

Essential info

What you should know about Colombo holiday accommodation

Colombo offers a tropical monsoon climate. The average annual high is around 30.7°C and the average annual low is around 24.1°C. Average rainfall ranges from around 58.2 mm in January to as much as 414.4 mm of rain in November, the wettest month of the year. The city is multicultural and diverse. It’s as safe as any metropolis, which is to say it’s best to remain in populated areas that are friendly to visitors. Official languages are Sinhala and Tamil, with just under 24% of the population speaking English.

Where to stay near Colombo?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 116 holiday rentals near Colombo. From 23 Houses to 70 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Colombo for a long holiday or a weekend break is on Stayz.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Colombo?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Colombo:

  • Wellawatte: 23 holiday homes
  • Pamankada West: 15 holiday homes
  • Colombo 03: 17 holiday homes
  • Bambalapitiya: 18 holiday homes
  • Colombo 06: 23 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Colombo?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Colombo. From Stayz travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Chabad of Sri Lanka: 143 holiday rentals
  • Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple: 143 holiday rentals
  • Asiri Hospital: 143 holiday rentals
  • United States Embassy Colombo: 144 holiday rentals
  • Raux Brothers: 143 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Colombo listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Colombo?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 23 Houses in Colombo. Our other popular types of Colombo holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 70 holiday houses
  • Villas: 5 holiday houses
  • Bungalows: 4 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Colombo?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 28 holiday homes with pool available in Colombo. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.