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.