The Colombo City Tour takes you on a journey into the heart of the capital city of Sri Lanka, to show you its most spectacular sights. View elegant colonial buildings rising in tandem with shiny new business constructions in the sprawling metropolis ... More info ›
The Colombo City Tour takes you on a journey into the heart of the capital city of Sri Lanka, to show you its most spectacular sights. View elegant colonial buildings rising in tandem with shiny new business constructions in the sprawling metropolis. Visit the ancient temples that create havens in the midst of all the bustle and hustle. Get to know Colombo's history and legends through some of its most interesting landmarks. Embark on an adventure that shows you the wonderful secrets of Colombo.
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Stop At: Colombo Fort, Galle Buck, Colombo Sri Lanka
You will start your tour when you get picked up by your chauffeur at 8:30 am or 1:00 pm from your hotel. (Travel Time – 1 ½ to 2 hrs)
Journey into the heart of Sri Lanka on this private Colombo City Tour and witness spectacular sights with memorable experiences. From the elegant colonial buildings to the sprawling metropolis of the city, Colombo has a multitude of sights and sounds for you to experience. With all these spectacular sceneries, this wonderful city will never cease to amaze you. Visit amazing historical landmarks with captivating stories and learn the history behind one of the richest cultures in Asia. Embark on an adventure like never before and become a part of the city with this private tour of Colombo.
Colombo Lighthouse, The Prison Cell of the last Sri Lankan King, Lighthouse with Clock Tower designed by Lady Ward (built before the Big Ben in London), Galle Face Promenade with cannons of World War II, South Expansion of the Colombo Harbour, York Street with remnants of British Colonial Architecture, BMICH, the scenic Beira Lake in the heart of the city, the War Memorial, Public Library, National Museum, Nelum Pokuna Theatre, Gangarama Temple, Dewatagaha Mosque, Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo Town Hall, and many more historical and important landmarks and places that make an interesting tapestry of the life within the city limits of Colombo.
• Lunch @ Gallery Café in Colombo (at your own cost)
• Crab Dinner @ Ministry of Crabs (Reservation required, at your own cost)
• Barefoot Gallery (Books and Handlooms)
• Creative Porcelain at Paradise Road.
• Spa Ceylon
• Walk in the Galle face green (Ideal during evening)
At the end of your tour, you will proceed back to your hotel. (Travel Time – 1 ½ to 2 hrs)
Duration: 3 hours
Stop At: Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, Bauddhaloka Mawatha Near China Embassy, Colombo 00700 Sri Lanka
The BMICH is a well known convention centre that is located in Colombo and was built between the years 1970 – 73. A gift from the People’s Republic of China in memory of the Prime Minister of Ceylon from 1956 – 1959, Sir Solomon Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike, the construction was carried out as a joint venture from both countries. With a total area of 16,000 sq ft, BMICH is always the venue chosen for high profile events and exhibitions including CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2013).
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Colombo National Museum, Albert Crescent, Colombo Sri Lanka
At Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha (also known as Albert Crescent), next to the Viharamahadevi Park, the National Museum was Sri Lanka’s first and was founded in 1877. Its collection spans several centuries and a range of cultures, from the Sinhala kingdoms through to the British era. Highlights include the royal trappings of the last Kings of Kandy. There are also some superb stone sculptures, as well as Hindu bronzes and wooden carvings, Sri Lankan and European furniture and ceramics, and (to Western eyes) a fine array of grotesque masks representing Buddhist demons and deities. The museum’s huge library of more than 500,000 books is primarily of interest to scholars, but its collection of 4000 palm leaf manuscripts – created by etching the lettering into the fibrous surface of the leaf – are on display for everyone to admire. A small Gallery of mid 19th century paintings and etchings shows Sri Lanka through the eyes of British artists.
Within the National Museum, on the first floor, is the Puppetry and Children’s Museum. Puppetry is a living part of Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage, and the museum displays traditional Sri Lankan figures and marionettes from all over the world, with regular weekend performances. It is open Saturday-Thursday, 09:00-17:00.
Duration: 30 minutes
Pass By: Beira Lake, 02 Colombo, Colombo 01200 Sri Lanka
Named during the Dutch Era, the Beira Lake has a history of over 100 years. The lake used to cover approximately 165 hectares but has been limited to a mere 65 hectares today. The location being the centre of the city and surrounded by buildings is assumed to have been the reason behind the reduction of the lake.
The Beira Lake was originally built before the city was colonized while it had been connected to many intricate canals which was an easy way to transport goods during the Colonial times when the Dutch and English ruled the island. The lake which consists of two distinct bodies of water is connected via a narrow canal. Home to the Colombo Rowing Club for over 140 years, the lake has a maximum length of 1 mile. The infamous green colour of the Beira Lake and the bad odour is a result of the pollution over the years as well as the algae that is present in the water. The bad smell is prominent during dry weather. However, there is a Beira Lake restoration project that was started to bring the lake back to its former glory.
Stop At: Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre, Nelum Pokuna Mawatha, Colombo 00700 Sri Lanka
This theatre which was opened in December 2011 is a performing arts centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It’s perfect location in the city has made it an ideal venue for many International gatherings and functions since its establishment. The architecture of the structure has been inspired by the 12th Century Nelum Pokuna (Lotus Pond) which was built by King Parakramabahu the Great during the prosperous era when Polonnaruwa was once the capital.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, 61 Sri Jinaratana Road, Colombo Sri Lanka
Located amidst the calm waters of the Beira Lake, the Gangaramaya Temple complex is a vibrant venue located in the heart of the Business District. The complex consists of the Main Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, the “Seema Malaka” which is an assembly hall for monks and also a vocational training institute. The temple is over 120 years old while now it has been converted to an institution of International significance. The temple and its surroundings are adorned with colourful lights during various ceremonial months while the annual Nawam Perahera conducted by the Gangaramaya is one of the most vibrant and colourful processions in the island.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Viharamahadevi Park, Colombo Sri Lanka
Located just across the Town Hall Building, the Viharamahadevi Park is the largest and oldest park in the heart of Colombo. Open to the public, the park was built during the British rule and was formally known as the “Victoria Park” and renamed as Viharamahadevi in honour of the famed historical queen of Sri Lanka, the mother of King Dutugamunu. From a Buddha statue, many fountains, flowers and even an amphitheatre that is used for various performances, the park is the ideal place for long evening walks.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Galle Face Green, Galle Road, Colombo Sri Lanka
The Galle Face Green, which is immediately south of Fort, is a long, thin park facing the Indian Ocean which fills up with food stalls and locals on weekday and weekend evenings as it is a popular meeting place to relax. A narrow arm of Beira Lake separates this district from Slave Island, a peninsula where the Dutch imprisoned slaves from their Asian colonies. Galle Road, Colombo’s long seafront boulevard runs south from Galle Face Green, eventually becoming the main coastal road to Galle and the Deep South. It’s always crowded with traffic and short on charm, but as the city’s main thoroughfare it also has some of the best shopping malls and a number of important buildings, including the official residence of Sri Lanka’s premier, the US Embassy, the British High Commission and some of the city’s top five star hotels.
Duration: 30 minutes