Colombo Airport (CMB)
Flights from New Zealand 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.
For more information on Colombo holidays check out our Colombo travel guide.
Looking for more than just a flight? A Colombo holiday package includes flights, accommodation, and often other extras like tours or car hire.
Colombo is the largest city in Sri Lanka, located on the country's west coast. Once the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo lost the title to Sri Jayawardanapura Kotte in the 1980s. The city however now claims the title of commercial capital. Colombo has an incredibly rich trading history thanks to the city's large natural harbour and valuable position on the East-West sea trade route. This early and on-going exposure to other countries has been central to Colombo's growing multi-cultural population. Further to the harbour, Colombo city has a range of canals and the famous Beira Lake, found in the heart of the city.
Around Beira Lake is a number of important businesses and corporate offices. Much of the city centre, also known as the Fort distinct, is populated by businesses, restaurants and bars - but Colombo as a whole extends far beyond the city boundaries and encompasses a range of surrounding councils. Outside of the Fort is the area known as Pettah. This district is much more crowded than the Fort as it is a popular shopping hub where streets are lined with market stalls and specialty shops. Prepare for crowds and to be tempted be a range of clothing, jewels, souvenirs, spices, as well as fresh produce.
Away from the crowded bazaars of Pettah and corporate offices of the Fort, Colombo has a peaceful seafront. Located south of the city, this picturesque promenade is called Galle Face Green and is the largest open space in Colombo. Laid out in 1859 during the British Era, Galle Face Green was previously used for horse racing. Today, locals head to Galle Face Green to escape the crowds, enjoy a picnic, play a game of cricket and take an afternoon stroll.