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Colombo's city centre, also known as the Fort, is the commercial district of Colombo. Big hotels, banks, restaurants and immigration offices can also be found within the Fort. While most locals mainly visit the city centre for business purposes, the Fort is still worth exploring. Within the city you can visit the Seema Malaka Buddhist Temple. The temple is located on a floating podium in the middle of the Beira Lake and can be accessed by a bridge walkway. The floating oasis is an incredibly peaceful spot and features a number of Buddhist statues and a small Bo tree.
Another significant temple located in the Fort is the Gangaramaya Temple. The Buddhist temple is located close by to Beira Lake and behind an elaborate perimeter wall. The temple has a number of rooms including a library, residential hall, a museum, prayer rooms and a peaceful courtyard. Wander through the temple's many rooms, browse the museum and admire the large collection of Buddha statues and bejewelled gifts.
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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