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The National Museum of Colombo is the largest in Sri Lanka and contains a number of important collections based around the country's royal family, religion and culture. The museum was established in 1877 and still remains in the same building. Inside you can view the thrown and crown jewels of the last king of Sir Lanka as well as a number of antiques, scriptures and ancient art works. The museum also houses the National Museum Library which also opened in 1877.
Following the museum, head to the vibrant district of Pettah and experience local life in Colombo. This district is famous for its crowded bazaars which sell anything and everything, and at amazing prices. The winding laneway markets are best for clothing, antiques, fabrics and jewellery. In addition to the busy market stalls, the buildings in Pettah, such as the Khan Clock Tower, are wonderful examples of the unique architecture that can be seen in the city. The Dutch Museum is another example of Colombo's diverse buildings and is a great place to visit and learn more about the area's Dutch heritage.
Colombo Airport (CMB)
Flights from Australia to Colombo will disembark at Bandaranaike International Airport.
Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), also known as Katunayake International Airport and Colombo International Airport, is located in Katunayake, 35 kilometres north of Colombo.
Airport Accommodation: There are a number of hotels located in close proximity to Bandaranaike International Airport. Book your Colombo Airport accommodation.
Getting to Colombo
There are many airlines that offer flights to Colombo from Australia. Flights from Sydney via Singapore or Kuala Lumpur take between 13 and 14 hours depending on the stopover. Flights from Melbourne via Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok take between 12 and 15 hours depending on the stopover. Flights from Brisbane via Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok take between 14 and 17 hours depending on the stopover. Flights from Perth via Singapore or Kuala Lumpur take between 10 and 12 hours depending on the stopover.
Airlines that fly to Colombo
Airlines that offer cheap flights to Colombo from Australia include:
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