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Colombo City Tour

Colombo city tour is a short program specially designed for travellers who can allocate only 8 hours for sightseeing. The tour starts at 0800 hrs from the hotel in Colombo (however the pick-up location and time is flexible). This 5 hours Colombo city tour covers many interesting places in the city and it covers many shopping malls and historical sites.


In the novel Gamperaliya, veteran novelist martin Wikramsinghe’s Colombo is a place of glamour and destitution – a small city where spectacular wealth and poverty live side by side. This lethal combination develops a thriving underbelly, which Martin Wickramasinghe brings to life in the small portion of his novel that he dedicates to talk about Colombo. However, Martin Wikramsinghe did not highlight the fascinating blend of history and modernity in the city, which makes a fascinating blend and visible to any travellers on the first glimpse on this metropolis.

History and modernity, wealth and poverty all are converging in this populated city, which is also home to many interesting tourist attractions, luxurious hotels, shopping malls, and places for recreation activities. Foreign governments around the world advised their citizens to avoid Colombo during the thirty years civil war, which was ended in 2009. Colombo was a dangerous place to hang around due to the unexpected bomb blasts. Business folk, tourist, Gangsters, drug dealers, and civilians rub their shoulder in this populated neighbourhood.

Colombo city had been a well-known city in the region among the Arabian, Chinese, Indian, Persian, and Roman traders as early as a pre-Christian era. Sri Lanka is located in the East-West sea route and visited by traders in order to exchange their goods with the local traders. Even though Colombo was a well-known city among the ancient traders 2,000 years ago, the capital city of the country had been Anuradhapura. There was an Arabian settlement in the city of Colombo at the mouth of Kelani River.

Arab traders were exporting the goods from the port of Colombo. Goods such as Cinnamon, ivory, gems, elephants were exported by the king of Kotte with the help of Arabs. With the beginning of the British colonial period, Colombo city received a prominent place as the capital of Ceylon. Colombo was the capital of the island from 1815 to 1978 until the administrative capital was moved to Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte.

The Colombo city tour takes the visitors through bustling Pettah to Colombo 7 better known as Cinnamon garden, the neighbourhood of the rich Colombo residents, where stupendous mansions and beautiful gardens take the centre stage. The fame of the cinnamon garden begins with the arrival of British colonial rulers, who built their living quarters in Cinnamon garden.

Is this trip right for you?

  • The entire trip is private (transfers and sightseeings), only you and your associates take part in the trip.
  • This one day trip packs a lot in. It’s one of the most popular Sri Lanka tours, we run in our Original style, perfect for those, who look for a one week trip and a desire to do the most with it. If you are after a more leisurely trip in Sri Lanka or shorter trip please check our other tour itineraries.
  • Sri Lanka can get extremely hot in the summer. While we aim to do our walking tours, early in the morning or afternoon, when it’s cooler, but there may be instances that we have to the walking tour during the mid-day due to the time constraints, remember to keep water on you and to bring a hat, sunscreen, a long-sleeved shirt, and anything else that will protect you from the sun.
  • Part of travelling with Intrepid means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments. We visit a number of temples on this trip and to enter them you must have clothes that cover to wrists and below the knee. Same times you have to remove the head covers and shoes upon entering the temple. Please click here to know more about the rules and regulations pertaining to Sri Lanka temple visits.

Place you visit on Colombo tour

  • Colombo museum
  • Gangarama temple
  • Hindu temple
  • Old parliament
  • Viharamahadevi Park, Colombo 7
  • Galle face green
  • Independent hall
  • Hindy temple
  • Beira Lake
  • Majestic City, Odel and Lakmedura handicraft
  • Pettah and Dutch hospital shopping precinct

Trip includes

  • All Entrance fees and activity cost as per the tour itinerary
  • Pickup and drop-off at the airport or local hotels
  • All sightseeing tours as per the tour itinerary
  • Entire ground transportations by an air-conditioned private vehicle
  • Service of an English-speaking chauffeur-guide for the entire tour
  • Mineral water during sightseeing tours and overland trips

Trip excludes

  • Gratuities
  • Meals and drinks

COVID-19 Special information

  • All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned
  • Social distancing is maintained in vehicles
  • To reduce crowds, all tours are private
  • Masks are required, please bring your own
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • Temperature checks are mandatory
  • You must book this activity online, as the ticket office is closed


Day 1

Time : 8:00 am


Meet and greet by seerendipity tours reprasantative and start the tour, en-route visit,


This had been a well-known Racecourse during the British colonial period in the country. This racecourse which located bordering the Indian Ocean had to be abandoned later on due to the Sea crabs, which are making holes in the track. Afterwards, it was developed as a promenade for the city dwellers and named as Galle face green. Today Galle face green contains an open theatre, spacious open space for a picnic, sports and walking.


It is considered to be one of the most sacred places in the country. Temple is one of the three places where Buddha visited in the 6th century B.C. well known Kelaniya dagoba is located on the border of the temple. Kalyani River, which flows next to the temple, adds more value to the scenic beauty of the temple. This temple holds the reputation for its attractive wall, which considered being the best painting of the Modern Era.


Viharamahadevi is located in the Colombo 7 or Cinnamon gardens. It is the largest and most popular park in the city. It is believed that there had been a twenty square kilometre cinnamon plantation in the area. Today most of the palaces of wealthy people can be seen in the area and Colombo 7 is the most picturesque part of the city.


The Wolvendaal Church is located In Fort and walking distance from the centre of the city. It has a large collection of tombstones of important Dutch personalities. Fort is made in the highest point of the city and dates back to 1813. The church is built in the Doric style of the period. In the form of Greek cross, with five feet thick walls and the gables raised over. The transepts are roofed with brick barrel arches and a centre dome.


Facing the Bandaranayke Memorial International Conference Hall stands a beautifully executed statue of the Buddha in the standing posture. The statue is 36 feet tall and is the largest Buddha statue in the city of Colombo. It is a replica of the Avukana Statue on the banks of the Kalawewa Anuradhapura.

The City Tour will also include places of Tourist interest such as,

Old parliament, Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, Buddhist Hindu Temple and Town Hall, Devatagaha mosque, Pettah area, Galle face green, Cinnamon garden, Colombo museum, Beira lake.

Shopping at

Odel, House of Fashion, Barefoot and etc

  1. :

    The trip is OK but we cust short of the walk in the city it was very hot.

  2. :

    It was short but very nice we had seen a lot

  3. :

    It was the perfect program for our short stay during the cruise trip

  4. :

    Very flexible

  5. :

    This is our second-day tour with serendipity. The trip to Galle was fantastic and so that we booked teh Colombo trip with teh same company. It was very easy to book a trip with them and just need to make a call.

  6. :

    The trip is OK, busy, chaotic, loud amidst the skyscrapers

  7. :

    Gagarama was a fantastic temple, which has one part ion the lake and another part with calm and quiet surrounding on the mainland. The museum was fantastic.

  8. :

    It is good to have the trip but nothing much to see in Colombo

  9. :

    Very good trip if you are aiming at buying goods

  10. :

    Temples, shopping, historical sites, parks and a lot more. It was a nice break from teh hotel. A good vehicle with ample space and air-conditioning. Our guide “Sammy” was fantastic.

  11. :

    It was burning under the sun

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  • Pricing Name
    Group (Min-Max)
  • Pricing Name Adult Rate
    2 - 8 Pax
    Available Seats: 8

    Adult ( 2 - 8 Pax ) USD70.00 USD45.00 /Person

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  • Pricing Name Single Rate
    1 - 4 Pax
    Available Seats: 4

    Adult ( 1 - 4 Pax ) USD65.00 USD0.00 /Person

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Yes, you can book the trip from beach hotels on the west or southern coast. You will be charged a transport supplement depending on the starting hotel. E.g return transfer from Bentota US$ 35 P.P based on 2 persons.