Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour

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Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour
from USD $38.50
Explore Colombo City with your private chauffeur in an air-conditioned luxury car. During this 4-hour tour, learn about Sri Lanka's capital city, visiting its most popular attractions. This family friendly tour is highly recommended for first time visitors.
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In Brief

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
4 to 5 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Old Parliament Building, Fort, Colombo Sri Lanka

Old parliament building

Pass By: Beira Lake, 02 Colombo, Colombo 01200 Sri Lanka

A lake in the heart of Colombo

Stop At: Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque, Second Cross Street, Colombo 01100 Sri Lanka

The mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Colombo and a popular tourist site in the city.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, 61 Sri Jinaratana Road, Colombo Sri Lanka

Gangaramaya Buddist Temple

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Pettah, Colombo Sri Lanka

The chaotic Pettah markets definitely worth a visit to see the ordinary disorderliness

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, Hospital Street Galle Fort, Colombo 00001 Sri Lanka

Now a shopping area

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Pettah Floating Market, Bastian Mawatha, Colombo Sri Lanka

A floating market

Stop At: New Kathiresan Kovil, 11 Sea Street, Colombo Sri Lanka

Hindu Kovil

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: St Lucia's Cathedral, Kotahena, Colombo Sri Lanka

This 1887 built enormous cathedral is Sri Lanka's biggest church. The cathedral's outer looks are inspired by St. Peter's in Rome.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Premadasa & Co. Main Store & Gem Museum, 560, Galle Road Colombo 3, Colombo Sri Lanka

Gem & souvenir shop

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Old Kathiresan Temple, 123, Galle Road Bambalapitiya, Colombo Sri Lanka

Hindu Kovil

Duration: 15 minutes


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Parking Fees
  • All Entrance Fees
  • Entry/Admission - Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
  • Entry/Admission - New Kathiresan Kovil
  • Entry/Admission - St Lucia's Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - Old Kathiresan Temple


  • Tips, gratuities and expenses of personal nature
  • Foods and drinks
  • Port entrance fee $ 10 USD per tour payable directly to the guide
  • Airport pickup fee 10 USD. Pickup & drop off after tour 20 USD

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
All guest houses, homestay units and AirBnB.


  • Colombo

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please advise TOUR START TIME you prefer would like to secure at the time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Booking Information

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

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

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.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.64 out of 5 based on the last 14 recent reviews

I participated in this activity as a solo traveler during a long layover and it was a great way to check out Colombo. The driver I had was named Kumara and took me around the city in a car. This helped going from place to place very quickly without getting lost. It was also a very safe method of traveling around the city as a solo traveler because I was with him. Kumara is also remarkably friendly and smart with deep knowledge of Sri Lanka’s history and culture. He was able to answer all the questions I asked him with outstanding details and explanation. If you find yourself in Colombo for a layover and don’t want to stay inside the airport the entire time, this is the trip for you!
• Submitted 17 Feb 2020
Mars our tour guide puts you at ease straight away upon meeting him he was very friendly and knowledgeable all throughout the whole tour. I would certainly recommend taking a tour with Mars. We had a fantastic time and saw some great sights which we would not have had the chance to see without him.
• Submitted 06 Jan 2020
We had the best day our tour guide Shimaz was fantastic went above and beyond to show us as much as possible, nothing was too much trouble
• Submitted 16 Apr 2019
Wonderful tour visiting the oldest hotel in Colombo, all the major sights in Colombo, several Buddhist and Hindu temples and even receive a blessing from a monk. Couldn't have been better. Guide picked us up right from the dock by our cruise ship.
• Submitted 06 May 2018
I must tell the truth: my expectations about Colombo were low. The tour commenced with a visit to St. Antony's church and proceeded to other Buddhist and Hindu temples, plus a stop in the red mosque. The tour has covered nicely the entire town and our driver/guide, Kumar Vijesuriya was fantastic! He allowed us to set our pace, take thousands of photos, inquire about the places and the culture. Very knowledgeable. Actually, I must also thank Pathum Rodrigo, the tour organizer, who sent us a WhatsApp message prior the tour to welcome us and to advertise everything was on schedule. We left Colombo with that bitter-sweet feeling: so happy for being there and get to know its beauties. At the same time, so sad to leave. I highly recommend the tour, either if you have little time in town or want to see a glimpse of what Colombo has to offer. You left us very well impressed! Thanks!
• Submitted 16 Feb 2018
Good tour. Also driver kindly took us to the airport at the end of the tour! Gave him a good tip!
• Submitted 05 Dec 2017
Godfrey our tour guide was excellent and had great knowledge of Colombo and Sri Lanka as a whole. Any tour group would be fortunate to have Godfrey as their guide.
• Submitted 08 Nov 2017
Best way to see Colombo is to book a private car. Takes you to the most interesting sights as well as others you'd like to see. We were very satifsied with our driver, excellent and clean car.
• Submitted 28 May 2017
Colombo was our first port stop of 16 nights and our guide Godfrey set a very high standard. He is very experienced, courteous, knowledgeable and a most careful driver in driving conditions which are quite testing. We enjoyed highly all the sights he drove us to and past. Our tour of the temple was made that much more valuable by Godfrey's commentary. We left Colombo feeling that we were really familiar with its main elements and our knowledge and understanding of its history and culture was down to Godfrey's knowledge and pride in both his work and his Country.
• Submitted 21 Apr 2017
Our driver and guide Godfrey was every bit as knowledgable, polite and friendly as you could wish for. The itinerary was flexible, as was his time. Good recommendations for places to eat too. Sadly, the temple pictured in the add for this tour is no longer so colourful, and inside is basically a big open space with little chapels here and there...interesting culturally but not as spectacular as I was expecting. Overall, very happy with this tour - prompt pick up, clean, cool and comfortable car, driven safely...what more could you want?
• Submitted 11 Sep 2016
I used the same car service for a private tour of the city. While the driver did not speak English that well, he was very attentive and patient with me as I visited several museums and shops. He also had a positive disposition.
• Submitted 05 Aug 2018
Good tour. Got to see lots of Sri Lanka. The tour guide/driver was really nice and took us to different places we wanted to see. The only place I wanted to see that we didn't get to go to was one of the open markets or the floating market.
• Submitted 31 May 2017
Generally good but the drivers English let him down. He tried hard. Good tour.
• Submitted 17 Apr 2017
We enjoyed this tour but felt it would have benefited if we had a guide and driver. We were unable to go in temple as guide couldnt get parked. Also guides English was fairly limited. He was very helpful and keen to help though.
• Submitted 12 Feb 2018

In Brief

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
4 to 5 hours