A diverse capital, historically known as the Garden of the East, Colombo is Sri Lanka’s city by the sea. It’s an excellent location from which to explore more of this island country, but the colonial boulevards and architecture, bustling markets and international flavor mean it is a fascinating destination in its own right. From hip cafes and galleries to gliding swan boats over Bere Lake, it’s clear that Colombo is evolving into a modern metropolis with a skyline to match. You can learn more about how things have changed here at the National Museum, where a stone Buddha from the 9th century greets guests.
Flying to Colombo
1. Which airports serve Male to Colombo?
Flights from Male to Colombo will leave from the city’s Velana International Airport, the main international hub for air travel in the Maldives. In Sri Lanka, Bandaranaike International Airport accepts international flights from the Maldives, it is 32km from Colombo city center.
2. Which airlines operate flights from Male to Colombo?
More than half of all flights between Male and Colombo are operated by Sri Lankan Airlines. Air India, Cathay, and Emirates also have regular flights, but these will often have a stopover.
3. How long is the flight?
Direct flights between Male and Colombo take 1 hour and 27 minutes, with a stopover the time could increase to 2 hours. The time difference is minimal, as Colombo is just 30 minutes ahead of Male.
4. Climate changes between Male and Colombo
In Male, the temperatures are warm and relatively constant, but the rainy season lasts from April to September, adding considerable humidity. Similarly, Colombo is warm all year round, with a monsoon season which comes and goes between August and January.
5. Culture differences and need-to-know
The Sri Lankan Rupee is the currency of Colombo and you can obtain cash at ATMs, banks and larger international hotels. Credit cards are accepted in Colombo, but it’s best to take MasterCard or Visa as American Express is less recognized. Travelers to Sri Lanka can obtain a short stay visa which is valid for 30 days, online at the Electronic Travel Authority. It is also possible to pay for a visa when you arrive at the airport, but this can take time, so it’s best to make the arrangements in advance.
Both Male and Colombo are relatively small cities with climates that include plenty of warmth and sunshine, but in Sri Lanka, you’ll see more multiculturalism and diversity.
British and Dutch colonial buildings sit beside palm fringed public parks, tuk-tuk rides take travelers to the vibrant Pettah market and high tea is served in gleaming hotels with ocean views. Golf is not quite a national pastime, although there are plenty of excellent courses, snake charmers still linger in the carefully groomed Viharamahadevi Park if you’d prefer traditional entertainment. For a quieter day, visit the brilliant white Bellanwila Temple which remains an authentic Buddhist retreat, complete with proud statues and an ancient Bodhi-tree. When you need a snack, head to the lively Galle Face Green, where local food vendors and street performers keep you entertained as the sun sets over the ocean.
Male to Colombo Last modified: Nov 15, 2022 12:48 -05:00
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The average price for connecting flights from Male to Colombo is MVR7,320.
The average price for direct flights from Male to Colombo is MVR4,762.
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The average price for one way flights from Male to Colombo is MVR2,975.
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