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Colombo: Galle Day Tour with Stilt Fishing

1. Colombo: Galle Day Tour with Stilt Fishing

Your tour will begin early in the morning at 7:00AM, as your friendly driver picks you up from your Colombo hotel. From here you will depart for your destination of Galle. Once having arrived, you will begin with a tour of Galle Fort in Sri Lanka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Galle Fort (or Dutch Fort as it is also known), is a fortification first built by the Portuguese on the Southwestern coast of Sri Lanka. The initial fortifications (which were built in the late 16th century), were quite basic, but the fort underwent extensive modifications in the 17th century by the Dutch. Following the Galle Fort, you will proceed to lunch. Following your lunch break, you will reconvene your journey to the fishing village of Ahangama for a 1-hour stilt fishing experience. Stilt fishing is an old Sri Lankan way of catching fish, but is today more of a performance for the island's visitors than a part of the fishing industry. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be transferred back to your Negombo Hotel.

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Sri Lanka Heritage Sites: 6-Day Private Guided Tour

2. Sri Lanka Heritage Sites: 6-Day Private Guided Tour

Day 1: Colombo/Sigiriya You will be greeted by your personal chauffeur guide at the Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and transferred to Sigiriya. Day 2 : Polonnaruwa/Sigiriya Visit the UNESCO world Heritage city of Polonnaruwa, the well-preserved city with ancient dagobas, moonstones, beautiful parks, massive buildings and stunningly beautiful statues. In the afternoon, explore the 5th-century rock fortress of Sigiriya. Day 3: Sigiriya/Kandy Visit the impressive cave temple of Dambulla, also a UNESCO world heritage site, a batik factory and a spice garden. In the afternoon, peruse Kandy with a visit to the temple of the sacred tooth relic, the upper lake drive, market square, gem lapidary and more. Day 4: Kandy/Nuwara Eliya Visit the Peradeniya Botanical Garden and then drive to Nuwara Eliya. En route, visit a tea plantation and factory where the best tea in the world is produced. Day 5: Nuwara Eliya/Colombo Enjoy a city tour of Nuwara Eliya in the morning. A favorite retreat of the British during colonial times, the town is dotted with English country-style houses and half-timbered bungalows. After the city tour, you will be driven to Colombo and on the way you can visit Devon and St. Claire's waterfalls. Day 6: Colombo/Airport Arruve at  the airport.

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Sri Lanka: 7-day Island Highlights Tour

3. Sri Lanka: 7-day Island Highlights Tour

Day 1 Meet your driver and proceed to your hotel in Dambulla. See the Dambulla Golden Cave Temple along the way. Dinner and overnight stay in Dambulla. Day 2 After a leisurely breakfast, visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the Polonnaruwa historical city. Dinner and overnight stay in Dambulla. Day 3 After a leisurely breakfast, leave for Kandy. Visit a spice garden along the way. After arrival in Kandy, enjoy a sightseeing tour and visit the Tooth Relic Temple and Royal Botanical Garden. Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy. Day 4 After an early morning breakfast, head to the Kandy Railway Station and board the train for Nuwara Eliya. Stop to visit a tea plantation along the way. Dinner and overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya. Day 5 After the breakfast, head for Yala. Visit a waterfall and the Sita Temple along the way. After arriving in Yala, enjoy an afternoon safari. Dinner and overnight stay in Yala. Day 6 After the breakfast, leave for Bentota. Visit Galle Fort, the Madu River estuary, and  the Sea Turtle Conservation Centre along the way. Dinner and overnight stay in Kalutara/Bentota. Day 7 After the breakfast leave for Colombo. Your driver will drop you off at your hotel or the airport after your Colombo sightseeing tour.

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Colombo: All-Inclusive Private City Tour

4. Colombo: All-Inclusive Private City Tour

Your 4-hour journey will begin as your chauffeur-guide collects you from your hotel in a private air-conditioned vehicle. From here you will start your tour with a visit to National Museum, the oldest and largest museum in the country, highly regarded for its antiques collection. Following the museum, you will visit the colorful and chaotic Petah Market, one of the largest in Colombo. Here you can find almost everything, from tropical fruit to freshly-caught seafood to jewelry. Following some shopping, you will explore the Gangarama Temple, positioned both on land and on a lake, including its small but impressive museum. You can then soak up the views of the Indian Ocean at the Galle Face Green, as well as the views of the abundance of beautiful parkland in this cosmopolitan city. Upon completion of your tour, you will be returned back to your hotel.

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Negombo: City Tour from Colombo

5. Negombo: City Tour from Colombo

Embark on an adventure and become a part of the city and learn the history behind one of Asia’s richest cultures. Journey into the North of Sri Lanka’s Capital and Urban Metropolis, Colombo, to witness its most spectacular sights. See the remains of one of the most distinct tourist attractions of Negombo, the 17th century Dutch Fort which now houses a prison. Explore the traditional fishing town of Sri Lanka and the small thatched palm houses lined with fishermen’s huts that feeds into the Dutch-era Hamilton Canal on the water's edge. Gaze at the lavish and grand nature of the Neo-classical St.Mary’s Church that features a ceiling decorated with vivid religious paintings.

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Colombo: Eat, Eat, Repeat Small Group Tour with a Local

6. Colombo: Eat, Eat, Repeat Small Group Tour with a Local

Your Colombo food tour will start in front of the Colombo Fort Railway Station. The station is the center of Sri Lanka’s railway network and hasn’t changed much since it first opened in 1908.                      From there, wander past the busy markets finishing up at the end of the day, and down a street that’s full of little shops and vendors selling everything from saris to leather bags to fake Tag watches. Then, it’s time for your first food stop. Visit a popular local eatery, where you’ll get to sample some traditional cuisine, including hoppers, egg hoppers, and other local savoury snacks. Then, it’s back to walking (so we can burn off that food and make room for more). Moving on, your Colombo tour will take you to the famous Red Mosque, which is a revered place for Colombo’s Muslim community. From there, it’s back to the treats. Colombo’s main street is home to the famous Bombay Sweet House, known for its faloodaand saruwath drinks as well as its sweets. Further down the street you’ll stumble across some achcharu (pickle) carts with different kinds of pickles. The Sri Lankan pickle is typically very spicy — are you adventurous enough to try it out? See several shops selling varieties of what the locals call murukku. These are crunchy, flavoured, fried bits of flour or chick peas. Of course, stop at one of these shops to try some of these treats for yourself. As you keep moving, pass by the Khan clock tower (all road distances in Colombo are measured from this tower), the harbour, and the old colonial buildings such as the Grand Oriental Hotel and the Cargills building. Stop at the Old Colombo Dutch Hospital, which is considered to be the oldest building in the Colombo fort area. It’s now a renovated complex and hosts some 5-star restaurants, fancy shops, and some decent bars and pubs. Those who want can stop for a quick beer or drink here. Continue your Colombo food walk toward the Galle Face Green, passing many street food shops and stopping to sample local snacks such as prawn and crab wade along the way. Your final stop will be the famous Nana’s kothu shop, where you can have dinner and experience the Sri Lankan kothu (a Sri Lankan roti of vegetables or meat and spices). The Galle Face Green is where locals come to relax after a busy day, and you’re likely to see families and couples playing, flying kites, or just enjoying the cool evening breeze. Your Colombo tour will finish here, but you’re free to spend more time at the Green or wander on to the many pubs or clubs that are easily accessible from here.

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Colombo Welcome Tour with a Local Guide

7. Colombo Welcome Tour with a Local Guide

Explore Colombo with a friendly local who is passionate about the city and eager to share all the information that will help you make the most of your trip. Get to know Colombo through the eyes of a local guide on a 2 to 6-hour private tour. Meet your guide at your accommodation and head out on the tour to get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around and the top things to see and do. During the walking tour there will be the option of taking public transportation or a taxi to get around the city, at your own expense.

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Bentota: Colombo Fishmarket and City Tour

8. Bentota: Colombo Fishmarket and City Tour

After getting picked up from your hotel in Kalutara or Bentota, head to Pettah, the oldest part of Colombo. Marvel at the thousands of stalls selling items from medicine to electronic equipment before beginning your driving tour of the city. Visit sites such as Beira Lake, Viharamahdevi Park, and Independence Square, where you can see one of the oldest examples of Sri Lankan architecture. The first stop of your visit is the Pettah fish market, which is the biggest fish market on the island featuring a concentration of hundreds of fish sellers. Enjoy a walking tour of the fish market. Afterward, head to the fort area and discover a mix of contemporary architecture and old-world charm with high-rise modern buildings built alongside medieval structures. Towards the end of the drive, visit the Colombo Historical Museum where you can see a large number of valuable exhibits. After your drive around the city, begin your walking tour. As you walk along the narrow and charming streets of the city center, learn more about Colombo's historical eras and their impact on the architectural ensemble of the city. Stroll past sights such as the Old Parliament, Gangrama Temple, and the Town Hall. Shop 'til you drop in the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct or head for lunch at one of the area's famed restaurants. Discover examples of British architecture and learn more about Colombo's history and its remarkable growth as you visit the BMICH, the Wolvendaal Church, and Colombo's most beautiful Hindu temple. Get dropped off back at your hotel in the evening.

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Colombo: City Street Food Tour by Tuk Tuk

9. Colombo: City Street Food Tour by Tuk Tuk

This Colombo tour takes you around the best spots of the city with a focus on foodie destinations. Enjoy 360-degree views of the city, visits to famous monuments, and the opportunity to try new flavors along the way. After pickup from your hotel in Colombo, take off on a convertible tuk tuk (three-wheeler), each holding up to two passengers. The tuk tuks are very comfortable and have many facilities including onboard coolers, high-end sound systems, and 2-way radios. The three-wheelers also have wet weather covers, and umbrellas are provided for bad weather conditions. Once settled into your tuk tuk, travel to the giant local produce market in Pettah and experience the noise, smells, and sounds of this place, where thousands buy the best vegetables to take home. Go for a walk along Galle Face Green afterwards, then savor egg hoppers, normal hoppers, tempered kadala (chickpeas), prawn vade (shrimp balls), and parippu vade (lentil fritters) in the street food stalls that line the Green. As an added perk, enjoy alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available on the tuk tuk. As you explore, get the prime opportunity to luxuriate your taste buds with cheap, delicious food sold by street sellers as well as expensive, equally delicious food from boutique restaurants. If you are a foodie, then this will provide the ultimate food experience. At the end of the tour, get dropped off if you are going right back to your hotel. If you choose to have further fun and continue the evening, your chauffeur will be able to provide you with information on the best places to do so. You can select one of these places and get dropped off there too.

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Colombo: 4-Hour Countryside Cycling Expedition

10. Colombo: 4-Hour Countryside Cycling Expedition

Explore the countryside around Colombo by bike with an experienced local cycling guide. You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Colombo and taken by tuk tuk to the Parliament Building where you’ll meet your guide for an exciting 4-hour countryside cycling expedition. Your cycling guide will first give you a brief introduction to the tour and its safety requirements. Then, head out into Colombo’s countryside and explore the city surroundings and the landscapes, paddy fields, water tanks, and bird sanctuary. Pass by Diyawana Oya Lake and go off-road for a small distance before arriving at Kelaniya Temple, a politically significant temple in Sri Lanka’s history. After visiting this sacred temple, you’ll bike back into Colombo where you’ll be returned to your hotel by tuk tuk.

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What people are saying about Colombo

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 25 reviews

This is honestly on of the best city tours I have experienced. Due to COVID we were the only ones in the bus which made it a much more enjoyable experience as we really got to set the pace of the tour. Kurama was an excellent tour guide having in depth knowledge of the countries history and that of the locales we visited. The museum, independence square and the temple are just a few of the several places we got to visit. All in all a perfect outing except for the torrential downpour at the very end, but that is to be expected in Sri Lanka. Highly recommend this tour and be sure to ask for Kurama.

The driver was waiting at the wrong gate. Thanks to the help of the very friendly tourist policeman, we were able to guide him to the right gate. The whole pick-up process from the ship is poorly solved, here Getyourguide has to get even better.

Very well designed tour with a dedicated and knowledgeable guide

In particular, responding to individual customer requests rounded off the high level of overall satisfaction

Great tour. Really helps to understand the culture of Sri Lanka