Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade

  • Phone Number

  • +94 11 233 7629

  • Level 30, West Tower

  • World Trade Centre, Colombo 01



Situated in the western province of Sri Lanka, Colombo is the island's capital. Diverse and vibrant, the city is the administrative and economic center of the country.

Colombo is Sri Lanka's largest city, home to around a million people is also one of the busiest ports in the South Asia. Colombo was the capital for over two hundred years until the capital was shifted to nearby Sri Jayawardenepura, but remains the hub and heart of the city.

The city offers historical monuments, colonial architecture, beaches, fine dining, vibrant night life and lots of shopping. Its architecture has been influenced by Portuguese, Dutch, and British colonization and is very visible in the buildings surrounding the city.

The New Parliament is situated at Sri Jayawardenapura on the outskirts of Colombo, while the Old Parliament on Galle Road is now the Presidential Secretariat.

The Galle Face Green promenade is currently a 5 hectare ribbon strip of land between Galle Road and the Indian Ocean, which is now the largest open space in Colombo. There are many large hotels that border the strip and its surroundings have been earmarked for city development including many more 5 start hotels.

The city is also cluttered with temples, mosques, and churches catering to the diverse population that enrich the culture of the city.


Colombo is the Commercial Capital of Sri Lanka with 555,031 inhabitants. It is Expanded by nearly 400,000 Daily Floating Population. The City Covers an Area of 37 Sq. Km. Consisting of Approx. 120,000 Number of Housing Stock.

Area - 37 Km2Divided into Six District for its Administrative Purposes

Residential - 555,031

Floating - 400,000

BudgetRs. 9 Billion

Housing Units - 103,408

Slums and Others - 13,928

Properties for Rates Tax

Commercial - 33,083

Residential - 98,542

Government & Semi Government - 10,726

Exempted - 3,938