Explore the bustling city of Colombo and see all of its best sights, all in half a day, with this fun and exciting tour! Get picked up at your hotel/accommodation, then head to the first stop of the tour, Sri Kaileswaram Hindu Temple, the oldest and largest temple in Sri Lanka. Marvel at its ornate architecture and intricate carvings as your guide tells you all about its history and significance, before you travel to the Galle Face, an area in the city known for its upscale and luxurious vibe. Breathe in some fresh air as you wander around the Town Hall, Viharamahadevi Park, and Independence Square, surrounded by lush greenery and vibrant flowers. Take a quick break for lunch with a stop at a local restaurant, where you'll get to savor authentic Sri Lankan flavors, then make a stop at Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, with huge collections of fascinating artifacts, lavish architecture, and statues showing different artistic styles. Your last destination for the day is the floating markets at Pettah Market, where you'll get to see an awesome variety of local wares and a chance to interact with the locals! Spend some time perusing the products and looking for cool souvenirs, before you pack up and get dropped off back at your hotel.
Explore Galle, famous for its rich colonial heritage, and famous tpurist landmarks with this thrilling one day tour! Get picked up at your hotel in the morning, then head off to the your first stop of the day, Kalutara Bodhiya Buddhist Temple. Take in the impressive sight of the magnificent domed pagoda as you bask in the serenity of the surroundings, then depart for Beruwala Beach, one of Sri Lanka's most beautiful beaches. Here you'll take a quick break for some refreshments, before you take a relaxing boat ride on the Balaptiya River, surrounded by rare species of birds and cute baby corcodiles! Enjoy a quick fish therapy session and explore the nearby Cinnamon Island as your English-speaking guide tells you all about the local cultures and traditions. Proceed to Kosgoda to check out adorable baby turtles at the local turtle hatchery, then go an interesting tour of a mask making factory in Ambalangoda. Take a quick break for lunch at a local restaurant, where you'll get to savor a delicious meal, before you depart for Hikkaduwa Beach. Go swimming in the pristine blue waters of the ocean, or maybe try snorkeling (at your own expense) to check out the colorful fish beneath the surface! At Galle, explore the beautiful Dutch-style buildings that will give you a better insight to the area's history as you walk along the ramparts and the cobblestone pathways that crisscross their way within the fort. Once you're done exploring, you'll head back to Colombo and get dropped off back at your hotel.
This full day tour to the central citadel of Kandy with your English speaking driver guide allows you to see and encounter a number of fascinating sites that reflect the essence of the city. Get picked up from your preferred location, then head to your first stop of the tour: the Temple of the Tooth Relic, where you'll get to see the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha. You'll also visit the World Buddhism Museum and learn a bit of the fascinating history of Buddhism. Travel to the Udawattakele Forest Reserve, a quiet forest located on a hill-ridge in the city, for a fun nature hike, filled with the exciting sight of Kandy's unique flora as well as picturesque scenic views of your surroundings. Drop by the Gem Museum and Lapidary and marvel at some of Sri Lanka's finest gemstones, before you take a quick break for lunch at a local restaurant and enjoy authentic Sri Lankan flavors. Get some fresh air and admire the colorful and lush Royal Botanical Gardens, then travel to Tea Factory at Giragama Estate and a local spice garden for a chance to immerse yourself further in Kandy's cultural traditions, before you are driven to your selected drop off location. It's a thrilling day of discovering the beauty of Colombo's nature and culture!
What better way to witness rural life in Colombo than to see it first hand from a motorboat cruise down Madu River? Your English speaking driver guide will pick you up from Colombo or Bentota. From there, head out to the Madu River and enjoy your 2-hour river safari and get to discover the beautiful sights of the river. Afterwards, head to the 200 year old Kothduwa Temple and learn about its religious significance - the best way to get a deeper insight about the city. Afterwards, watch the process of cinnamon cultivation – one of Colombo's local industries. After a quick lunch stop in Bentota, you'll visit the turtle hatchery in Kosgoda and learn about how the city is doing its best to raise and conserve the local turtle species. It's truly an eye opening safari that you shouldn't miss.
Immerse yourself in Colombo's vibrant and unique culture with this fun walking tour of the bustling city! Meet up with your guide at the entrance of entrance of Galadari Hotel for a brief introduction to the city, then begin exploring the city's engaged streets. In the outer streets of Pettah, you'll see the market district where the streets are full of a variety of goods, from textiles to electronics, to spices and souvenirs. From there, head to the Old Dutch museum where you can feast your eyes on the pristine architecture of the mansion that was built in the latter parting of the 17th century. Learn about the city's fascinating history and colonial past from your local, English-speaking guide, as you explore the area. Head to Colombo's busiest districts, and see Fort, the Old Dutch hospital, and numerous high end restaurants, bars, and shops. Head to the lighthouse and enjoya few moments of quiet as you get an awesome view of the city, before you stop by a local restaurant to enjoy a delicious meal! Once you're done, you'll walk back to the meet up point with your group, before the tour concludes.
Tour Colombo and its vibrant history either for half a day or for a whole day of discovery while riding on a scooter! Join your English speaking guide in visiting the different famous and historic locations around the city, including visits to Gangarama Temple, the Arcade Independence Square, and Mount Lavania Beach. You can see the locals going about their daily lives and learn about local culture through visits to Colombo's floating market, Pettah Market, and the local wholesale market. Beautiful parks can be seen around the city, such as Diyatha Uyana Park, Victoria Park and the Galle Face Green. Throughout your tour, the knowledgeable guide will tell you great stories and anecdotes around the various locations, giving you an insight into the city. It's a wonderful way to discover the city in a short time.
One of the best ways to explore the countryside is through a bit of exercise and this countryside cycling tour in Colombo will give you exactly that! After meeting your guide, you'll hop onto a mountain bike and begin a thrilling cycling tour. You'll be able to pedal past the parliament area and learn about the local political structure before you head to Diyawana Oya Lake and marvel at the beautiful views. You can take a short break here before you tackle the countryside's landscapes, and head off to the Kalaniya Temple full of fascinating information about local religion and culture. This 24 kilometer bike ride is an amazing way to get out of the city and experience the vibrance of Colombo's countryside.
My guide Christopher was really knowledgeable and shared many local insights with me about the place and Sri Lanka. The only thing was that the communication between the agent and the guide could be better on the itinerary and what is included in the package. Thankfully, Christopher was flexible and accommodated. He even introduced sights and brought me to see things beyond in Kandy.