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Colombo: Half-Day City Tour

1. Colombo: Half-Day City Tour

Discover both the modern and traditional areas of Colombo and learn more about the city's colonial past on this tour, from a 100-year-old clock tower to British colonial-era buildings. During this tour, visit the Old Parliament, explore the affluent residential areas and admire the Bandaranaike memorial international conference hall, a gift to Sri Lanka from the people’s republic of China. Immerse yourself in a fascinating blend of cultures, religions, and socioeconomic classes and experience daily life for Sri Lankan residents. You will see attractions such as the Sambodhi Chaithya Buddhist Temple, the lighthouse, Red Mosque, the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, the Town Hall, and Independence Square. You may also choose to visit a handicrafts emporium for a spot of shopping if you wish. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of the tour.

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Bentota: Colombo Fishmarket and City Tour

2. 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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From Negombo: Private Sightseeing Tour of Colombo City

3. From Negombo: Private Sightseeing Tour of Colombo City

View elegant colonial buildings rising in tandem with shiny new business in the sprawling metropolis of Colombo. Greet your guide at your accommodation in the morning at 8:30 AM or in the afternoon at 1:00 PM.  Learn more about the history of this city at sights like the prison cell of the last Sri Lankan King, or by visiting York Street with its charming remnants of old British colonial architecture. Wander through the over 100,000 exhibits in the National Museum.  Visit one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Colombo at Gangaramaya Temple. Spend some time by the water as you se see the Galle Face promenade, the Colombo light house, and the scenic Beira Lake. Venture through both the old and the new by seeing Colombo Town Hall, the war memorial, BMICH, Dewatagaha Mosque, and many more landmarks that comprise the interesting tapestry of the city. 

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Colombo: Private Guided Night Cycling Tour

4. Colombo: Private Guided Night Cycling Tour

Start your exciting night cycling tour with a visit to Independence Square, the local racecourse, which was used as a temporary airfield during World War II, Victoria Park, and the Municipal Building. Continue to the Gangaramaya Temple and Slave Island, a suburb of Colombo that was once a place of horror where enslaved people from Africa were held during the Portuguese and Dutch rule of Sri Lanka. Learn all about this local history, including the dutch hospital, the Grand Oriental Hotel, Old Colombo LightHouse, and the prison cell of the last king of Sri Lanka, Sri Vikrama Rajainghe. Finish up your cycling adventure with a stop at the Galle Face Green and Galle Face Hotel.

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What people are saying about Gangaramaya Temple

Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 15 reviews

The guide and driver were very kind to drive us in heavy traffic to St Anthony's Church even though it was not on the itinerary but it should be as this is the most important site in Colombo for Christian westerners so that we could pay our respects after the atrocities by Islamic suicide bombers at Easter. The Christian worshippers are still very noticeably traumatised and our hearts went out to these tragic people. God bless them and may they be allowed to live in peace by these evil Islamic fanatics. Just totally heartbreaking but we were so glad that we got to visit this sacred church now protected by armed soldiers to show our support for them and Christianity. May these innocent souls rest in peace x

excellent tour takes you to the most important places in the city with a super guide that apart takes some amazing photos super recommended

Because of health problems, we did not walk much. The driver was very pleasant.