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From Colombo: Sri Lanka Cultural Triangle 2-Day Tour

1. From Colombo: Sri Lanka Cultural Triangle 2-Day Tour

Begin the tour by meeting your tour leader in Colombo and set off for the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. After exploring the history museum of Polonnaruwa, discover the ruins of the ancient city. Later, check in to a 3-star hotel in Sigiriya for your overnight stay.  The next morning, enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Set off for the Dambulla golden cave temple which was the site where a king of Anuradhapura took refuge from the South Induan invasion in the 1st-century BC. Learn about how when the king recaptured the region 13 years later, he converted the caves into a monastery and gifted it to the Buddhist monks. After this, head over to the ancient Sigiriya Rock, where a 5th-century prince who had committed patricide made it his hideout. Also make a stop at the Pidurangala ancient cave temple. At the end of the tour you will be returned to Colombo and dropped off at the start point.

Full-day Sightseeing Tour of Colombo, Sri Lanka

2. Full-day Sightseeing Tour of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Situated on the west coast of Sri Lanka, Colombo is said to be the traditional gateway to the Orient. It is the largest city of the island and due to its vital role in the east-west sea trade dating as far back at the 5th century, it is possible to see the remnants of Moorish, Portuguese, Dutch, and British settlement throughout the city. On this full-day tour, you will be given an insiders view to the bustling metropolis and discover the many layers, which form its colorful character. During the day you will have the opportunity to visit sites including the mile-long promenade of Galle Face Green, the exclusive district of Cinnamon Gardens where you will find Independence Hall, the vibrant bazaars of Pettah, and the pristine beaches of Mt. Lavinia. Your journey will be enhanced by the many religious sanctuaries, which manifest in their variety, the peaceful tolerance of the city’s diverse inhabitants. There will also be time to investigate Colombo’s National Museum and get a real taste of the ancient, colonial and modern influences, which make up the city. To keep you refreshed and revived, there will be a delectable lunch overlooking the sea at the Galle Face Hotel and an afternoon tea in the extraordinary restaurant of Colombo Fort, which was once a Dutch hospital.

From Colombo: Adventure Rafting In Kitulgala

3. From Colombo: Adventure Rafting In Kitulgala

After being collected from your Colombo hotel at approximately 7:00AM, you will embark on a 3-4 hour journey to your white water rafting location. Once arriving at the Kelani River, your adventure water rafting experience will begin. After being assigned one of the modern rafts, you will receive a comprehensive safety briefing by a professional water rafting instructor. The distance you will cover is approximately 5-kilometers, and the river and its surrounding will make you feel enchanted, providing you with a memorable experience during your adventure water rafting tour in Kitulagala. On completion of the tour, you will be transferred to the Plantation Hotel for your well earned buffet lunch by the river. Following your lunch, you will be transferred on your approximately 4-hour journey back to Colombo.

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

4. 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.

Colombo: City Street Food Tour by Tuk Tuk

5. 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.

Colombo: Street Food Walking Tour with Transfer

6. Colombo: Street Food Walking Tour with Transfer

Your tour will start in front of the Fort railway station. This is the best tour where you can taste Sri Lankan authentic foods around the busiest city. You will be trying Hoppers, Porridge, Savory items, Samosa, Falooda, Pickle, beers, and many more. Make sure to come with an empty tummy. This is not just a food tour. You can witness the history of Colombo and how our locals live, take pictures of Colombo and walk into the busiest streets of pettah. On Fridays and weekends, you can witness live music while tasting our local beers. If you haven't tried Sri Lankan prawn crackers this is the best tour that you should have. Not only that, you will be having a ginger beer with a locally famous Kottu at Galle face.

From Colombo: Private BBQ Dinner in a Countryside House

7. From Colombo: Private BBQ Dinner in a Countryside House

18:00: You will be picked-up by a Tuk-tuk from your hotel in Colombo. 19:30: You will be taken to a countryside house in Colombo to enjoy a memorable BBQ dinner with beer under the stars in an illuminated surrounding with fire torches and lanterns. You will be served hot and delicious BBQ cooked in the smoker which brings you exceptional tenderness and flavor. Help yourself to the sauce of your choice tableside. You will never forget the flavor of this wonderful BBQ dish. 21:00: You will be taken back to your hotel or drop-off in your preferred location in Colombo.

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What people are saying about Colombo

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4.8 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Very good introduction to Colombo. Guide was flexible and tailored the tour to our interests. Highly recommended for the beginning of your visit to the city.

We had a great tour around Colombo with Prassad! He took us to some places that I'm sure we had missed them without him! Thanks!!;)

We had an enjoyable day with Prasad. he was knowledgeable and friendly and would recommend him to other tourists.

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

It was excellent arrangement for my vocation. And my expectation was met.