Day Tour Of Colombo

Colombo is the bustling capital city of Sri Lanka and is a hub for visiting beaches in the south of the island. Its history involves successive rulings by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, and it was a major port on the east-west trade routes during that era. This ancient heritage reflects on the city today in terms of its architecture consisting of colonial buildings as well as high rise sky scrapers and shopping malls. The cosmopolitan side of Colombo includes stylish theatres, cinemas, restaurants, cafes, museums and galleries.

Modern day Colombo is emerging rapidly and a Colombo city tour is a worthy item on your agenda either on the start or finish to your Sri Lankan tour.

Summary of the Tour

Transfers

Airport - hotel - tour - drop

When to go

Situated at the heart of a tropical country, the city of Colombo has friendly weather all throughout the year. Tour will normally take 5 hours.

Is this Day Tour for me?

With most of the country’s trade happening in the city of Colombo, whether you are a business visitor or a holiday visitor, going on a city tour is sure to open a few new doors for you.

Can it be tailor-made?

Yes, we can customize the tour for you. If you wish to go to any place not mentioned in the route, simply inform us in advance and we will make the arrangements.

Plan your visit

Places you will visit

All Colombo city day tours will follow the below mentioned route.

Kelaniya Rajamaha

Kelaniya Rajamaha Viaharaya

A Buddhist Temple with an astounding view as it is set on an elevated surface overlooking the Kelani River. Being one of the many temples in the country, this one stands out due to its exquisite sculpture. With a 2500 year old history, it is a much respected temple by Sri Lankan citizens.

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Gangarama

Gangarama

Gangaramaya is a Buddhist temple with a fusion of modern architecture and a touch of culture. Being a popular landmark of the city, this complex is built on a lake and consists of a temple, a conference hall for Buddhist monks and a vocational training institute.

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Manning market

Manning market

An old and popular public market for fruits and vegetables market located in the heart of Colombo. It was once a colonial structure but today, it consists of over 1000 stalls and more than 60 open booths for sales.

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Pettah fort

Pettah fort

Pettah Fort is an ideal example of amazing colonial architecture in the midst of rampant commerce. Being the financial district of Colombo, here you will find the World Trade Center in which the Colombo Stock Exchange operates. Also located here is the Colombo port, the largest and busiest port in the country and dates back to the 14th Century.

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Galle face green

Galle face green

This is a massive ocean side urban park, stretching for 500m along the coast line and is located in the heart of the financial district of Colombo. It is perfect for a relaxing evening while watching the sun set. Kite flying is also a popular activity here.

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Old parliament building

Old parliament building

This building houses the presidential secretariat and is a remains of British colonial architecture. It is situated in the Colombo Fort, close to the house of the President and has an amazing view of the sea.

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BMICH

BMICH

BMICH is an exclusive convention centre reputed for its luxurious conference facilities and is an ideal location for a complete event. This multi-functional complex consists of 9 buildings and covers 37 acres of land. Beauty pageants, musical dramas, exhibitions, conferences, trade events, and much more are hosted here.

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Independence Square

Independence Square

A national monument built by the British, in commemoration of Sri Lankan independence. This location is commonly used for all sorts of national and cultural celebrations that indicate national unity. The site’s historical significance and extraordinary architecture makes it a must visit heritage site.

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Viharamahadevi Park

Viharamahadevi Park

Also known as the Victoria Park, this is the largest and oldest park in Colombo. Built during the British rule in memory of a popular Sinhalese Queen, the Viharamahadevi Park has beautifully landscaped gardens, a golden image of Buddha and a great statue of Queen Victoria.

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Town hall

Town hall

Town Hall, Colombo is where the Mayor’s office and Colombo Municipal Council is located. Also an example of British colonial architecture. The Town Hall building is the largest local authority in the country.

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Things you will do

Shop at the Manning market

Visit the Gangarama temple and the Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya

Learn about British colonial architectural patterns

Observe present day Sri Lankan urban life

    Do's

  • Clothes that keep you cool will be ideal
  • Right hand rule applies (eating, shaking hands, etc)
  • Wear covered clothing and walk barefoot in temples

    Dont's

  • Don’t tip unless you are given special service
  • Don’t be offended when locals converse about your personal background. They are just trying to be friendly.
  • Don’t use tuk tuks that don’t have a meter

How they experienced it

We had a 13 hour stop over in Srilanka. so decided to book a day trip. Dinesh suggested to visit Galle + colombo. We had a lovely time. everything was nicely arranged.
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Not to Miss

  • Local street food
  • Shopping
  • Ride in the tuk tuk

In a Gist

Who is it for

Business visitors and vacationers

What it covers

Temple’s, markets, ocean side, ancient architecture, and much more! All of the most popular highlights of the city of Colombo are covered on this day tour.

Comfort Level

Luxury

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