Colombo City Tour by Tuk Tuk

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Colombo City Tour by Tuk Tuk
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Are you ready for a real-life video game?! Because that’s what it feels like to navigate Colombo by tuk tuk! Head down narrow streets, past monuments, and into some of the city’s most significant spots, exploring the way locals get around — by tuk tuk! You won’t see this side of Colombo on your own!
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In Brief

Location:
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Country:
Sri Lanka
Duration:
4 hours
Operates:
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Highlights:
Small-group tour
Led by a local guide
All entrance fees included
Small group ensures personal service
Get inside tips from a local
Family friendly
Overview
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Your small-group Colombo tour kicks off with a brief walk through the heart of the city’s CBD and its old colonial buildings. After a quick history lesson from your local guide, it’ll be time to hop in a tuk tuk and hit the road! It's one of the best ways to see a lot of Colombo in a little bit of time…and all from a local perspective!

Our first stop will be the Colombo harbour. Swing past the President’s House, the Fort Clock Tower, and the Colombo Lighthouse. From there,  pass through Chatham Street, which keeps adding new restaurants, pubs, and bars to its scene. This section of Colombo is particularly fascinating as it was closed to the public for more than 30 years due to civil war and security considerations. We’ll stop briefly in front of the former passenger terminal gate in the Colombo harbour before moving on to the heart of the trading district in Colombo — the busy streets of Pettah.

Hop off the tuk tuk and spend 20-30 minutes exploring the busy streets of Pettah, from the Red Mosque to the market stalls. Meander around, sampling local food and drinks, or shopping in the colourful shops of the market.

Back into the tuk tuks. Navigating the narrow streets of Pettah has been likened to a video game; it’s non-stop dodging people, buses, lorries, bullock carts, bikes, other tuk tuks…even dogs!

Next stop, Wolvendaal Church, which at more than 360 years old is the oldest Dutch reformed church in Sri Lanka, one of the most significant reminders of the various colonial occupations throughout Sri Lanka’s history. Walk through the church, filled with old tombstones of Dutch governors and maybe even talk to the keeper of the church to better understand its history and current issues. 

Our tuk tuk tour of Colombo continues along to the Captain’s Garden Hindu Temple, aka the Sri Kaileshwarm Kovil, and the main place of worship for the many Hindus of Colombo. Walk around the temple, marvelling at the colourful paintings and murals, talk to devotees, and witness a special blessing (if you’re lucky!).

Back in the tuk tuks, we’ll set off for Independence Square, where Sri Lanka claimed independence from the British in 1948. The monument and park here are of great significance to Sri Lankans.

Our last stop of the day will be the famous Gangaramaya Temple. One of the main Buddhist temples in Colombo, known for its architecture, paintings, and collection of artefacts from various historical eras and for its contribution to Buddhist education. The temple sits across the road from the man-made, heavily polluted Bera Lake, which we’ll visit and discuss the everyday reality and impact of pollution in Colombo. If time permits, we can take the bridge that leads to the temple on the lake, Seema Malaka.

This tour comes to an end as we head back to the World Trade Center.

Inclusions

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Tuk Tuk fare
  • Bottled water
  • Taste of King Coconut.

Exclusions

  • Food and drink
  • Items of personal nature
  • Gratuities

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Departure Point

Dutch Hospital - Shopping Precinct, Hospital St, Colombo 00100, Sri Lanka

Returns To

World Trade Center, 1 Bank of Ceylon Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A maximum of 12 people per booking
  • As the tour visits temples, please do not wear shorts or sleeveless tops. Given the climate in Colombo, light, breathable clothes and fabrics are recommended.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

Once booked, this trip is fully non-refundable

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.75 out of 5 based on the last 4 recent reviews

What a great day! So informative and a lot of fun. We went to several different places and enjoyed it all. Do this tour!
• Submitted 12 Jul 2018
Our tour consisted of 8 people, a guide, and four Tuk Tuks. One for every two people. The Tuk Tuk driver took us around the city and pointed out many famous places but there was so much to see, so many smells, so many sensations. It was a great way to see the city and to experience through a transportation means that the locals use. We also had a guide who spoke to us before the Tuk Tuk tour and at each stop.
• Submitted 11 Mar 2018
We had a great guide and tuk tuk driver they outlineda tour plan before we departed and were flexible with late changes and provided assistance,eg purchased rail tickets and other general advice Iwould recommend this first up on arrival then explore
• Submitted 23 Aug 2017
Enjoyable. Taxi let us off on the wrong side of the Mall so we had to find where the fountain was and it was covered for a Christmas display, so not obvious! Once the guide found the group of us waiting, there was some delay as the tuk tuks assembled. The tuk-tuks, the guide and the drivers were good. Because there were three tuk tuks that day, the guide hopped from one to the other at the various stops. We would have like all the commentary on what we were passing in town between stops, but that wasn't to be. The stops were informative and overall a good introduction to Columbo and its history. Full marks to the guide for trying to get us right back to the ship but security would not allow them past the port gate.
• Submitted 14 Feb 2017

In Brief

Location:
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Country:
Sri Lanka
Duration:
4 hours
Operates:
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Highlights:
Small-group tour
Led by a local guide
All entrance fees included
Small group ensures personal service
Get inside tips from a local
Family friendly