Sorry to anon user. I was editing the hotel listings at the same time you were adding names. There was a conflict, and I think some of the hotels names you added got lost. In addition, is it possible that you could add the address of the hotels. This information should go between the name of the hotel and tel number. Thanks. WindHorse 20 Feb 06
I think the warning ''Colombo is getting very dangerous'' is rather alarmist. Yes, there are potential dangers because of the civil war, but these are no worse than the IRA threat in London 20 years ago, or the current Jihadist one. Visitors should certainly think at least twice before visiting the east of Sri Lanka or the Jaffna peninsula, but anyone who does so for just travel or holiday is probably the kind of person who would wander around Baghdad in an "I Love George W" t-shirt. Wayneinmelton 02:11, 7 September 2007 (EDT)
'Update:' Yes, since the Srl Lanka government cancelled the already tottering cease fire with the LTTE earlier this year, perhaps ''very dangerous'' is, sadly, becoming increasingly accurate. --Wayneinmelton 12:30, 18 February 2008 (EST)
Just a reply to that "update" - clearly you have not been to Colombo. Despite the bus bombings, if one avoids this mode of travel, it is highly unlikely that you will get caught up in anything. Anon, 12:06, 10 October 2008 (MT)
I think there has been some misunderstanding. In the Budget section on hotels, most of the listings are expensive resorts, many of them outside of Colombo. Does anyone know of any low priced places to stay in Colombo City? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 18.104.22.168 (talk • contribs)
An interesting place to visit
I visited Colombo on a 4-day visit during March. Overall, I liked the place - the Sri Lankans are friendly and this is enough time to see the city. Food and alcohol are both cheap and the Colomobo Cricket Club is a great place to hang out over a few cold beers. At this time of the year, be prepared for a lot of heat and humidity when walking outside - it was around 32 degrees.
The negatives are the traffic and pollution from this and constantly been hassled by the tuk-tuk drivers to take a ride with them, and also their trying to re-negotiate the price at the end of the journey. If you can, try and get an honest tuk-tuk driver on the meter.
I found the nicest area is around Cinnamon Gardens, Cambridge Place and the University of Colombo. Nice, quiet shady streets and pleasant to look at the houses and architecture.
I think the best option for Sri Lanka is to combine some of the historical sites e.g. Kandy, wildlife reserves and the beaches down south. A friend of mine hired a car for the whole week at the airport and was driven around the country by his driver.