Known as the heart of the country, Colombo is the bustling megalopolis of Sri Lanka which is home to never-ending entertainments and tourist fascinations. It has a successive history which takes back to the Portuguese, Dutch and British rulings while the large port of Colombo was the centre of the East-West trade route in the past. Colombo has gone through massive modifications with the influence of European culture after gaining independence. Today, it is well known for skyscraper buildings, high-end shopping malls and budget street stalls, colourful theme parks, luxury hotels, restaurants, nighttime entertainment and movie theatres. A day tour of Colombo is a must include in your travel agenda.
Get ready to encounter Colombo’s best attractions one by one. The day tour of Colombo can be arranged in the morning or evening as you wish. Our chauffeur will pick you from the hotel accommodating and drive to Colombo.
Yes, we can customize the tour for you. If you wish to go to any place not mentioned in the route, simply inform us in advance and we will make the arrangements.
This tour can be customized to your requirements. If you want to make any additional stops, simply inform us in advance and we will make the arrangements.
If departing from Colombo, 8.00 a.m should be ideal to have enough time for a day tour of Colombo.
Airport – Hotel – Tour attractions – Airport
You will be visiting the Gangaramaya temple - one of the prominent temples in Colombo. The temple is renowned for having a handicapped elephant, Ganga living alone at the backyard of the temple. At the first impression, it doesn’t seem like a temple but reflects as a museum. This is due to antique vehicles displayed on the roadside of the temple. When walking further, you will see statues standing near entrance, and large gatherings dressed in white arriving at the temple, bearing lotus flowers in hands. The atmosphere of the temple has a mixture of culture and modern architecture. Unlike most of the religious places, it has unique attractions like image house, Samadhi Buddha statue, a hall of 28 Buddhas, replica of the Buddhist temple in Borobudur, Indonesia, relic chamber and a museum.
Next, you will pass by Pettah Fort, a colourful and busy marketplace famous for shopping and roadside shops. Travellers can witness congested roads, multi-cultural religious places, the Fort railway station, and so many to come. Drop by the shops in Pettah to find out some of the perfect deals of the day.
This is the most historical place in Colombo, an urban open-air ground facing the ocean. The ocean-front green lawn is a perfect spot for jogging, small gatherings, wandering, fly a kite and any sport of your interest. Be mindful; the place is crowded in the evening and ideal for gawking at the sunset.
BMICH or the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall is an iconic landmark of Colombo and convention centre. The building was contributed from China in remembrance of Prime Minister Solomon Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike.
Facing the sea, the old parliament building is located in Fort, Sri Lanka opposite Galle Face Green. The building was used as the country’s legislature for 53 years until it was moved to the new parliament complex in Sri Jayawardenapura in 1983.
Kelaniya raja maha viharaya, also known as the Kelani temple is a famous Buddhist temple located a few miles away from the heart of the country. The temple is also famed for its figure of the reclining Lord Buddha and drawings which represents Buddha's existence. The temple also hosts Duruthu Maha Perahera march every year in January. Many Buddhist believers arrive at the temple for daily rituals.
At the end of the tour, our chauffeur will drop you at the pick-up point.
Travellers will be visiting the Gangaramaya temple, Pettah Fort, Galle Face Green, Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, Old Parliament building and Kelaniya raja maha viharaya during the day tour of Colombo.