Colombo: By Tuk Tuk Small Group Tour with a Local Guide

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3.5 hours
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What You'll Do
  • Navigate the streets of Colombo by tuk tuk.
  • Zip through the busy streets and markets of the Colombo Fort and Pettah Bazaar.
  • Explore the religious side of Colombo with visits to the Dutch reformer church, Red Mosque, and Buddhist and Hindu temples.
  • Visit Independence Square, the CBD, Colombo Town Hall, and other important landmarks..
  • Experience the contrast of the beautiful tree-lined streets of Colombo 7 and the slum-like surroundings of Pettah.
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!
What to Expect
Your 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!

Also known as a rickshaw, tuk tuks are commonplace throughout Asia, and are one of the best ways to see lots of Colombo in a short amount of time.

The first stop will be the Colombo harbour, and en route you'll swing past the President’s House, the Fort Clock Tower, and the Colombo Lighthouse. From there, you'll pass through Chatham Street, with its abundance of restaurants, pubs, and bars. This section of Colombo is particularly fascinating given that it was closed to the public for more than 30 years due to civil war and security considerations. You will stop briefly in front of the former passenger terminal gate in the 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 this section, from the Red Mosque to the market stalls. Meander around, sampling local food and drinks, or shopping in the colorful shops of the market. If you’re unsure where to start, your local guide will happily point you in the right direction.

Back into the tuk tuks and back to the streets! 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 and even dogs!

The next stop is Wolvendaal Church, which, at more than 360 years old, is the oldest Dutch reformed church in Sri Lanka. The church may not be in the best shape, but it’s one of the most significant reminders of the various colonial occupations throughout Sri Lanka’s history. You’ll have the chance to walk through the church, filled with old tombstones of Dutch governors, and see the keeper of the church to better understand its history and current issues. 

The tuk tuk tour 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 colorful paintings and murals, talk to devotees, and witness a special blessing (if you’re lucky!).

Then it's off to Independence Square, where Sri Lanka claimed separation from the British in 1948. The monument and park here are of great significance to Sri Lankans.

The final stop of the day will be the famous Gangaramaya Temple. One of the main Buddhist temples in Colombo, the cool, calming Gangaramaya is known for its architecture, paintings, and collection of artefacts from various historical eras. Additionally, it is well known for its contribution to Buddhist education. The temple sits across the road from the man-made, heavily polluted Bera Lake, which you'll visit and learn about the everyday reality and impact of pollution in Colombo. If time permits, you can take the bridge that leads to the temple on the lake, Seema Malaka.

From there, the Colombo tuk tuk tour will come to an end as you head back to the World Trade Center.
What's Included
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Tuk tuk fare
  • Entrance fees at sites listed in the itinerary
What's Not Included
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Food or beverages
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide
Meeting Point

The Water Fountain, Level 01, World Trade Center (located in front of the Dutch hospital, next to Colombo Hilton Hotel)

What to Remember
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.

This is a child-friendly tour.

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