The capital city of Colombo has a lot offer and is ideal for the traveler who just arrived in Sri Lanka. From the airport a mere 30 minutes away through the expressway, our day tour of Colombo is ideal if your first layover is here or even in the south in which case we recommend starting tour around 7.00am. The tour lasts around 5 hours and covers the best sites the city has to offer.
A must visit in the heart of Colombo is an urban park facing the Indian Ocean which is a popular amongst local families and tourists alike unwind and relax with some street food and salty breeze. Sits in the back is a stretch of modern high-rise buildings including some luxury hotels creating a fascinating backdrop.
Old Parliament Building
Right beside Galle face is the Old Parliament Building from the British Colonial era and stood as the country’s parliament till 1983. The building stands out from all the other modern structures in the area due to its unique architecture dating back to the British reign.
A popular attraction when in Colombo for tourist and local folk alike and is known for its priced antique possessions from all around the world, some of which are donations from many other Buddhist countries. Particularly during the Vesak season in May, the temple and the surrounding areas light up in a dreamy displays of light and colour as the lanterns clad the streets.
Fort and Manning Market
Fort or more famously known locally as Pettah is a series of small streets and alleyways bustling with street vendors and shoppers alike. It offers an endless variety of items for the budget shopper and depending on your bargaining skills you can make the best out of it.
Built between1970 to 1973, this convention Centre was a gift to the nation by the People’s Republic of China. It is still a common place where all sorts of events and exhibitions are held and is located in central Colombo.
The Independence Square is home to the Independence Memorial Hall which is a historical landmark and a national monument commemorating the independence of Sri Lanka from the British rule in 1948. The memorial hall is also surrounded by a beautiful park which lights up during the night and many families gather for evening strolls.
- Lunch on tour
- Entrance fees
- Transport to Colombo from Colombo
- South Coast and back
- Anything not mentioned above