Colombo

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Hindu temple, Colombo

Colombo (Sinhala: කොළඹ; Tamil: கொழும்பு) is the largest city of Sri Lanka. It is the city which is economically most important to the country. It has 642,163 people. It is on the southwest coast close to the capital city of Kotte.

The name Colombo is borrowed from Sinhala language name Kola-amba-thota which means "harbor with leafy mango trees". Traveller Ibn Batuta in the 14th century referred to it as Kalanpu.