Tours to

Curious about Colombo

1/2 day  |  10:00 in Colombo to 12:30 in Colombo  |  from USD $99  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Explore the sights of the cosmopolitan Sri Lankan capital, from the thriving commercial district and oriental bazaar, to sacred temples and mosques and the ritzy Cinnamon Gardens, on this Half Day Tour.

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Day 1

Once a stop off for ancient seafarers trading in pearls, spices and precious stones, this modern-day sea port city is a fascinating blend of old and new with colonial buildings and lively oriental bazaars juxtaposed with commercial high-rise buildings and hotels. We start the City Tour with a drive through the commercial district, also known as the Fort as it was used to protect trading resources during the Dutch and Portuguese colonial times. Next we pass Pettah bazaar with a lively assortment of tenders and buyers and ancient automobiles and beautiful mosques and temples lining the streets. Following a visit to a Hindu Temple we continue past the stunning red-and-white Jami-Ul Alfar Mosque, one of Colombo’s most recognizable landmarks.

We then drive by the Wolvendall Dutch Church, thought to be one of the oldest places of Christian worship on the island, and the Hultsdorf Law Courts, the centre of legal activity in Colombo, before arriving in the ritzy Cinnamon Gardens suburb, an area that was once covered in cinnamon plantations. Later we continue on to the Independence Square, constructed to commemorate the independence of the country, and Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, before our final stop at the sprawling Gangaramaya Temple, one of the most important Buddhist temples in Colombo. Here you will find hundreds of Buddha statues, revered relics, examples of Asian architectural design, and much more.


Trip Highlights

Pettah Bazaar - vibrant assortment of tenders and buyers with automobiles and beautiful mosques and temples lining the streets
Cinnamon Gardens - ritzy suburb that over a century ago was covered in cinnamon plantations, hence the name
Jami-Ul Alfar Mosque - spectacular red-and-white coloured mosque, and one of Colombo's most recognizable landmarks
Gangaramaya Temple - one of the most important temples in Colombo, with hundreds of statues and religious relics

Included

Transportation in a private air-conditioned vehicle
Listed entrance fees and sightseeing
Chauffeured by English-speaking guide

Not Included

Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow $7-8 USD per day per traveller. Tipping yor guide is an entirely personal gesture.
[within the Colombo City Limits (Colombo 1 to 13 Zones)
International flights and visa

The 'per person' price is based on 2 persons or more undertaking the day tour together. If you are travelling solo and booking this tour on your own the 'Single supplement' needs to be added to the 'per person' price.

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All our day tours are guaranteed to depart when bookings are made more than 96 hours prior to departure.

Tour Details
Starts
10:00 in Colombo
Ends
12:30 in Colombo
Departs
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Not applicable
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Meals
None Provided
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 1 travellers.