The name “Colombo”, first introduced by the Portuguese in 1505, is believed to be derived from the classical Sinhalese name Kolon thota, meaning “port on the river Kelani”. Another belief is that the name is derived from the Sinhalese name Kola-amba-thotawhich means “Harbour with leafy mango trees” The author of the oldest Sinhalese grammar, Sidatsangarava, written in the 13th century wrote about a category of words that exclusively belonged to early Sinhalese. It lists naramba (to see) andkolamba (ford or harbour) as belonging to an indigenous source. Kolamba may also be the source of the name of the commercial capital Colombo.
The city of Colombo offers historical monuments, colonial architecture, festivals and events, beaches, fine dining, and shopping. With so much to see, do, and experience in Colombo, it can sometimes be difficult to find all that you need to know about Colombo before or during your visit. About Colombo is an informative guide to the city, its people, and its environs. As well as providing interesting facts and videos, we also have information on getting to Colombo, travel information, downloadable maps, and any other information; in fact, anything you may need to make your visit to Colombo a memorable and enjoyable one.