Colombo in Sri Lanka, is the cultural and financial capital of the country. With a
rich heritage of colonial history and architecture, the city hosts magnificent
mansions and lush gardens. It is also a bustling metropolis of unbridled growth.
Visitors to Colombo visit the Fort, built by the Dutch and Portuguese settlers.
Today it is lined with shops, restaurants and offices. Adjacent to it, is the
Pettah. The narrow cobbled streets here are dotted with street stalls making it
Colombo’s leading bazaar district. The National Museum, Wolvendaal Church, the
Galle Face Promenade and the Lighthouse with the Clock Tower are also must-visits.
Head to Mt. Lavinia to sample fresh seafood at beachside eateries.
Explore the undiscovered gems of the region when you venture out to the Brief
Gardens at Aluthgama and Bentota. Designed by Bevis Bawa, the estate and its
gardens are dotted with secluded sitting places, stairs and statues by the artist.
It makes for a wonderful retreat from the city.
How to reach Colombo from Melbourne
Several international airlines like Etihad Airways
and Singapore Airlines connect Melbourne to
Colombo. The Bandaranaike International Airport is 30 km towards the north of
Colombo. Buses ply from the airport to the city. Mini vans and taxis are also
Best time to travel to Colombo
Tourists flock to Colombo during the months of December and January. Being close to
the equator, it is hot throughout the year. The winter months are relatively cooler
with controlled humidity. The day temperature stays around 30 degree Celsius. The
weather is mostly dry during this time. Christmas and New Year’s parties, on the
many beaches of Colombo, make it a popular haunt at this time of the
International carriers like Thai Airways
International, Jet Airways, Emirates
and Air China fly to Colombo. Emirates pampers
guests with four course meals in Economy Class. Jet Airways has installed personal,
10.6 inch touch screen TVs on some of its aircrafts, to ensure that you never
encounter a dull moment onboard. Enjoy uninterrupted connectivity on Qatar Airways
, which offers Wi-Fi on selected flights, for
nominal charges. Etihad Airways offers a free night-stay at star hotels at Abu
Dhabi, to all its Business Class and First Class passengers. It is a wonderful way
of discovering this desert-city, before heading off to your final destination. You
can also web check-in on most international airlines to ensure seamless
• Which airlines provide cheap
air-tickets from Melbourne?
and China Eastern offer cheap air-tickets
from Melbourne to Colombo.
• What is the time taken to reach Colombo from Melbourne?
The average time taken to reach Colombo from Melbourne is about 12 hours 25
• What is the time difference between Colombo and Melbourne?
Colombo is 5 hours 30 minutes behind Melbourne.
• What are the major layover airports for connecting flights from
Melbourne to Colombo?
Singapore and Abu Dhabi are the major layover airports for connecting flights from
Melbourne to Colombo.
• When is the first flight from Melbourne to Colombo?
The first departure from Melbourne for Colombo is at 12:05 AM on Singapore
• When is the last flight from Melbourne to Colombo?
The last flight for Colombo from Melbourne departs at 11:40 PM on Cathay
• What are the airport codes of Melbourne and Colombo?
The airport codes of the Tullamarine Melbourne Airport and the Bandaranaike
International Airport at Colombo are MEL and CMB, respectively.
Download the Yatra app to grab cheap air-tickets
to your destination. You will also
with convenient timings on it. Yatra is the one-stop shop for all
your ticketing needs. Hotel reservations and flight bookings made on Yatra ensure
hassle-free journeys. Holiday packages are also available for which you do not have
to pay an arm and a leg! Happy travels to you!