Colombo – A Veritable Bonanza!

Colombo is the largest city of Sri Lanka. It is located on the west coast of the island and adjacent to Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte, the capital of Sri Lanka. Colombo is often referred to as the capital of the country, since Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte is a satellite city of Colombo. Colombo is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins and a population of 647,100.[1] The Colombo Metropolitan Region, defined by the districts of Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara, has an estimated population of 5,648,000, and covers an area of 3,694.20 km².

Colombo’s geography is a mix of land and water. The city has many canals and, in the heart of the city, the 65-hectare (160-acre) Beira Lake. Colombo’s weather stays evenly hot and humid throughout the year, with no distinct seasons apart from two rainy seasons. From March to April the temperature averages around 31 degrees Celsius (88 degrees Fahrenheit) maximum.[23] The only major change in the Colombo weather occurs during the monsoon seasons from May to August and October to January. This is the time of year where heavy rains can be expected. Colombo sees little relative diurnal range of temperature, although this is more marked in the drier winter months, where minimum temperatures average 22 degrees Celsius (72 degrees Fahrenheit). Rainfall in the city averages around 2,400 millimetres (94 in) a year.

Compared to other parts of the country, Colombo has the highest degree of infrastructure. Electricity, water and transport to street lamps, phone booths and etc. have a considerably good standard. The majority of the major shopping malls in Sri Lanka are located in the city, of which all are wi-fi enabled. Apart from that, many luxurious hotels, clubs and restaurants are also situated in the city. In recent times there’s been an outpour of high rise condominiums in the city, mainly due to the very high land prices.

Port of Colombo
The Port of Colombo handled 3.75 million twenty-foot equivalent units in 2008, 10.6% up on 2007 (which itself was 9.7% up on 2006), bucking the global economic trend. Of those, 817,000 were local shipments with the rest transshipments. The port is close to its capacity for container handling. An expansion project, the South Harbour project, will increase the port’s capacity.

Colombo has an extensive public transport system based on buses. The bus service is operated both by private operators and the government owned Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB). Train transport within the city is limited since most trains are meant for transport to and from the city rather than within the city and are often overcrowded. However the Central Bus Stand and Fort Railway Station functions as the islands primary hub for bus and rail transport respectively. Up until the 1970s the city had a trams service, which was discontinued. Other means of transport includes auto rickshaws (commonly called “three wheelers” in Sri Lanka) and taxicabs. Three wheelers are entirely operated by individuals and hardly regulated whilst cab services are run by private companies and are metered.

A1 highway connects Colombo with Kandy.
A2 highway connects Colombo with Galle.
A4 highway connects Colombo with Ratnapura.
Main Line – Colombo to Badulla.
Southern Line – Colombo to Matara
Northern Line – Colombo to Kankesanturai deviates from the Main Line at Polgahawela junction – presently operating only up to Vavuniya[dated info]
Puttalam Line – Colombo to Puttalam
Kelani Valley Line (Narrow Gauge)now this is broad gauge – Colombo to Yatiyantota – presently operating only up to Avissawella
Mannar Line (Earlier Indo-Lanka Line) Colombo To Talaimannar – Divides from Northern Line at Medawachchiya junction – Not operational.

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