The Colombo Airport Left Luggage desk at CMB Airport is a great service if you are looking to ditch your bags for a bit. For instance, if you are traveling into Sri Lanka and then round-tripping to the Maldives…you might not want to bring everything with you (although you could use the more expensive Maldivian left luggage in Male). The price is 100LKR (less than $1) a day. The price is the same regardless of size it seems.
After landing, go through customs (if you are in Sri Lanka for 2 days or less, you can apply for a free transit visa online before arrival) and exit the arrivals terminal. Head right once you get outside to the departures terminal. You will pass a couple guarded doorways to the airport and then on your right will be the Information Booth and a couple other windows. One of them will set you up for left luggage.
If you are already in Sri Lanka, the left luggage info desk is on the left hand side of the entrance to the departures terminal.
IMPORTANT: In order to use left luggage (at least when I have been there) you need to have your bag locked (they aren’t strict how you do it, or how credible the lock is, just that it is locked). You (or they) will drop it in a room, they will fill out paperwork and you leave. I left it there for nearly a week without any problems. It is really a great service.
Hope that helps
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