Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, located in the Western Province. The Greater Colombo area has rich multicultural traditions of many religious and ethnic groups. The world’s most modern facilities are available in the city, Most five star hotels, Banks, Airline offices, Shopping complexes, the Harbour and night life events are in and around the city.
Colombo harbour is one of the largest artificial harbours in the world and handles the majority of Sri Lanka’s foreign trade. Arab traders had been settled near the site of the port in the 8th century AD. From the 16th century onwards, the port was developed by the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the British, who in turn established themselves on the coasts of the island. In 1815 the British captured the entire island and Colombo became the capital of the island. Sri Lanka gained its independence in 1948. The population of the Colombo district in 2012 was 2,309,809. There are 808 villages under 13 local government authorities.