Shore Excursion to Colombo City Tour

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From $30.00

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Departs: Colombo, Colombo

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Discover Colombo City with New Eyes. Colombo serves as the country's city, executive, and judicial capital. On the west coast of the island, just south of the Kelani River, is Colombo, a significant port on the Indian Ocean. On this tour, you'll see the most well-known attractions in Sri Lanka's capital to learn more about it and the locals' way of life. The family-friendly tour is highly advised for first-time guests.

What's Included

English Speaking Chuffer Guide or audio guide

Bottled water

Free Wi-Fi Onboard Upon Request

Pickup & Drop Service By Air Conditioned Vehicle with Regular stops

Seasonal Fruits

What's Not Included

Entrance to sights

Food & Beverages Other than Specified

Gratuity For Driver

Optional Activities

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 1
  • CHILD: Age: 2 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information : Ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re – boarding time.
  • • The exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • • Subject to favourable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Colombo National Museum
National Museum of Colombo, also known as the Sri Lanka National Museum is one of two museums in Colombo. It is the largest museum in Sri Lanka. It is maintained by the Department of National Museum of the central government

• Admission Ticket Free

Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Seema Malaka is a Buddhist temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The temple is mainly used for meditation and rest, rather than for worship. Situated in the Beira Lake, the temple was originally constructed in the late 19th century

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
The Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct is one of the most attractive shopping centres in the country. The building was originally a hospital during the Dutch occupation of Sri Lanka, and is considered to be the oldest building in the historic Colombo Fort area. It was also used as a police station and an apothocary, before it was finally converted into its current role in 2011. The building is centred around two courtyards, which sometimes host live music. It has a few cafes, restaurants, shops and bars. It's a nice place to stop and enjoy the shade, and with low slung tiled roofs and attractive colonades.

• Admission Ticket Free

Old Parliament Building
The Old Parliament Building, is the building that houses the Presidential Secretariat of Sri Lanka. Situated in the Colombo fort area facing the sea, it is in close proximity to the President's House, Colombo and adjacent to the General Treasury Building

• Admission Ticket Free

Viharamahadevi Park
Viharamahadevi Park is a public park located in Colombo, next to the National Museum in Sri Lanka. It is the oldest and largest park of the Port of Colombo. Situated in front of the colonial-era Town Hall building, the park is named after Queen Viharamahadevi, the mother of King Dutugamunu

• Admission Ticket Free

Colombo Fort Railway Station
This is the main railway station situated in the heart of Colombo. The building was built and put into operation in 1908. At present, the station consists of 10 platforms and caters 0.2 million passengers daily. It consists of passenger waiting rooms, changing rooms (utility rooms) and cafeterias. Station has special arrangements for disabled persons. The main seat reservation counter of the Sri Lanka Railways too is at the Colombo Fort Railway Station.

• Admission Ticket Free

Independence Memorial Hall
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Independence Commemoration Hall

Independence Memorial Hall is located in Greater ColomboIndependence Memorial Hall

Location in greater Colombo

Alternative names Independence Commemoration Hall

General information

Location Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo

Coordinates Coordinates

Construction started 4 February 1949[1]

Completed 1953

Owner Ministry of Cultural Affairs

Technical details

Floor area 10,000 sq. ft

Design and construction

Architect Tom Neville Wynne-Jones

Other designers Shirley D’Alwis

Independence Memorial Hall (also Independence Commemoration Hall) is a national monument in Sri Lanka built for commemoration of the independence of Sri Lanka from the British rule with the restoration of full governing responsibility [2] to a Ceylonese-elected legislature on February 4, 1948. It is located in Independence Square (formerly Torrington Square) in the Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo. It also houses the Independence Memorial Museum.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall
The Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, is a convention center located in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Built between 1970 and 1973, the convention centre was a gift from the People's Republic of China in memory of Solomon Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike, Prime Minister

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque
In the hustle and bustle of Pettah, Colombo’s core commercial district, is situated a most striking building, a spiritual haven called Jamiul Alfar Masjid. This mosque is remarkable because the architecture is Indo-Saracenic, incorporating pomegranate-shaped domes. But the most extraordinary feature is that each brick is painted red or white and used in contrasting designs, which gave rise to its common name, the Red Mosque.However, there seem to be a ban on Muslim women to visit the mosque due to religious restrictions. As there have been many who requested for a section for the women; there appears to be plans for such a section, where women can do their prayers, to be built in the future. Thogh the red mosque is an islamic religious facility, visitors from other religions are eagerly welcomed.

• Admission Ticket Free

Temple of Sri Kailawasanathan Swami Devasthanam Kovil
The temple of Sri Kailawasanathan Swami DevasthanamKovil is one of the most beautiful and lovely attraction places of Sri Lanka. There are many beautiful and elegant paintings of God and Goddesss. Also there are an beautiful carvings of an astrology chart. The innor roof of this temple is decrorated with magnificent paintings. It is said that the temple of Sri Kailawasanathan Swami DevasthanamKovil is the most ancient hindu temples in Colombo. 

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

A bazaar with definite Middle Eastern flair, the Pettah is where Sri Lanka’s multi-culturalism is at its most pronounced. The bustling bazaar of pettah is one of the oldest districts in Colombo and one of the most interesting places to spend a few hours. It is the most ethnically mixed place in the country. The crowds in Pettah can become overwhelming during the morning and late-afternoon rush hours, but the streets are still thronged during most daylight hours.  Large religious buildings represent a plethora of faiths, while more earthly pursuits can be found in market stalls and shops selling seemingly everything.

• Admission Ticket Free

Arcade Independence Square
The Arcade Independence Square is a high-end shopping complex housed in a group of renovated colonial era buildings in Colombo. It’s portrays a truly exemplary story of emergence from the depths of despair into a new life of hope and joy. It was built as a part of the Independence Square Redevelopment programme initiated by the Sri Lankan Government.. The setting and the design of the building including the interior, promoted maximum daylight, secured greatest amount of circulation of air about the buildings, and enabled every part to profit by the prevailing winds.

• Admission Ticket Free

Beira Lake
Beira Lake is one of Colombo’s most famous landmarks. It lies right in the middle of the capital which is surrounded by many large businessess in the city, and is one of the few places of relaxation and beauty within the city limits.  As such the area on and around it has many attractions; not to mention the history of the lake itself. It still retains its Portuguese name. It is connected to many intricate canals which provided an easy way of transporting goods within the city and suburban cities.

• Admission Ticket Free

World Trade Center
The Word Trade Center of Colombo, located in the heart of the city, is a centre-point of trade and business. As one of the most exclusive business addresses in Sri Lanka, this 152m tall commercial landmark has two 39 story towers connected by the 4 story retail block that they stand over, bringing the total floor count to 43. With over 750,000 square feet of prime office and retail space, state-of-the-art facilities, superb dining, convenient shopping, and spectacular vistas in a "One Stop Shop" concept; the twin structure holds over 120 local, international and multinational brand names that makes it one of the most important buildings in Colombo.

• Admission Ticket Free

Nelum Pokuna Art Street
 The local street art scene has taken great stride in the recent past and Nelum Pokuna street artisans have contributed their might to this endeavour. However now that has changed and arty Sri Lankan’s purchase art to adorn their homes, hotels, officers and as gifts. For tourists taking home, a painting depicting a local theme probably is the best memorabilia of the visit, apart from tea of course.

• Admission Ticket Free

The Lighthouse
The Colombo Lighthouse was initially constructed as a clock tower in 1856 and completed on the 25th of February 1857 and the tower was designed by the wife of Governor Sir Henry George Ward. The construction work was undertaken by the Public Works Department. It was supervised by the Director of Public Works himself; Mr John Flemming Churchill. The Colombo Lighthouse and Clock Tower in Sri Lanka is one such noteworthy architectural site.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre
Colombo’s newest theatre is designed in the shape of a Lotus flower, and with a range of varied auditorium and performance facilities. This glossy venue is located in a high-profile spot south of Viharamahadevi Park. Its stunning design is based on the Nelum Pokuna, the 12th-century lotus pond in Polonnaruwa. Look for important productions here.

• Admission Ticket Free

Colombo Fort Clock Tower
Even though Sri Lanka was declared an independent state in 1948 many of the remnants of colonialism was left behind. The last state to occupy the country were the British and their architectural structures have forever influenced our country and our history. The Colombo Lighthouse and Clock Tower in Sri Lanka is one such noteworthy architectural site. The Lighthouse is considered a historical and cultural landmark giving the fact that it is one of the few lighthouses of the colonial era still operational to this date. It is claimed that the clock in the lighthouse was commissioned so that worker in that area of Colombo can be more punctual since personal watches could not be afforded by everyone back in the day.

• Admission Ticket Free

Colombo, Sri Lanka is home to the 350 m-tall Colombo Lotus Tower. It has been referred to as a landmark that represents Sri Lanka.
The Colombo Lotus Tower, the tallest self-supported building in South Asia and the tallest skyscraper in Sri Lanka, was built in 2012. The city of Colombo has observed as the tower changed the city's environment throughout the last 10 years, from its construction to the present. The gigantic Lotus Tower sprang from a tiny stem to reflect the nation's quick technological and tourist growth. (photo Stop)

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

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