Depsite this, we find the find the quality of life much higher than Bangalore, and it's very affordable compared to Singapore, so we are very happy here.
We also find that expat services and products are less necessary because, despite the recent war, Sri Lanka has far better infra-structure and a higher standard of living than India.
You don't say where you are from or where you are currently living, and that usually influences how people respond to a new expat destination.
I would recommend visiting the city and trying to meet people.
That's what we did and how we made the decision to move here.
Sri Lankan women have much to offer a man seeking life-long companionship.
I'm an American expat who has been living in Colombo with my family for almost 2 years (after 3 years in Bangalore and almost 5 in Singapore; originally from San Francisco).
I am a member of the google group mentioned below, and while I find it very useful when I'm looking for a piano tuner, say, or a place to have curtains made, you might have a hard time scanning through the archives and getting a coherent picture of expat life here.
You can apply to join and then ask specific questions about expat life in Colombo and see what kind of responses you get.
The main expat organization is called the International Expatriate Association (IEA) -- website: .
I am a member and it was helpful in meeting people when I first moved here, but it's mainly for "trailing spouses".
I'm not sure how informative you would find their website, and their membership is not enormous.
Colombo actually has a relatively small expat community, though it is definitely growing.