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The True Essence of Colombo:Private Highlights & Hidden Gems

The True Essence of Colombo:Private Highlights & Hidden Gems

From US$ 30.56 per person

Make the most out of your time in the bustling city of Colombo by visiting the coolest spots with the help of a local! Ride a Tuk Tuk to hidden gems that only locals know and get ready for an amazing authentic experience!

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Tuk tuk your way around the city
  • See the best hotspots in one day
  • Stroll through Colombo’s biggest park
  • Enjoy delicious local snacks
  • Discover authentic local day-to-day life
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Ayubowan! Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the heart of Sri Lanka’s capital: Colombo! Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of this vibrant city together with your private host. The very best must-sees, hidden gems, and local snacks await! So, hop on a colorful Tuk Tuk and let your private guide take you from one highlight to another. The Independence Square is a must visit and a great place to kick off your tour. Stroll through the spacious green lawns and marvel at one of the islands' longest standing colonial buildings. Your host can tell you all about Sri Lanka’s historic past and how the city has changed to the modern city of today. Do as the Sri Lankans do and grab some delicious hoppers and vegetable roti. Locals simply love to start the day with this tasty morning snack, especially when heading to Colombo’s biggest park! Filled with lush vegetation, 100-year-old trees and a replica of the White House, this park is a tranquil gem away from the city buzz. Tuk Tuk your way to the oldest Buddhist temples in Colombo with a beautiful lake. Check out an amazing collection of Buddha statues, take a look at a holy tree and admire a relic of Buddha’s hair. Feel free to ask your host any burning questions! Get immersed in real local life and visit one of the liveliest markets. See where locals buy and sell everything from vegetables to electronics. Wander through the labyrinth streets and follow your nose to a nearby cassava chip vendor. See how this yummy snack is made and make your taste buds dance! Head to the banana market and try as many different bananas as you fancy! Curious what else awaits? How about a visit to a mosque in the shape of a pomegranate, followed by a beautifully minimalist Hindu temple? A visit to Sri Lanka’s last King’s jail cell is also a unique gem! While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the stunning view from the lighthouse. What better way to top off your tour than at the relaxing ocean side of Galle Face? Unwind and relax with a cold drink, a delicious prawn cake and a marvelous sunset over the western coast of Sri Lanka!
  • Private tour
  • Local guide
  • Entrance tickets
  • Exotic bananas tasting
  • Prawn cake tasting
  • Hoppers tasting
  • Pickup or drop-off at your accommodation
  • Additional food or drink
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Independence Monument, near the information plaquette

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  • Comfortable shoes
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Overall rating

4 /5

based on 15 reviews

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The tour was good, I liked all the activities and sites that were included. My guide was on time, effective, and did a fine job. The tour was as promised. I save my 5-star ratings for tours where the guide is really enthusiastic, tells great stories, creates connection, entertains, and educates. It's a high bar, but some guides manage it. This tour did what it promised, though - got me out to see the sights of Colombo and gave me an overview.

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January 3, 2020

The city tour was very interesting, we saw a lot. Our guide was particularly friendly and explained everything to us in very understandable English. We visited a Buddhist temple on a lake and a Hindu temple. We were told a lot about why there is a tree, what the statues mean, etc. Independence Square including some history was shown and explained. The Dutch Hospital was viewed. Unfortunately we could not look at the local market and enjoy the delicacies, as our choice of dates (from 11 a.m.) was unfavorable. (Unfortunately, the market was already over) It would have been nice to know this beforehand, since we would of course have brought our appointment forward. Otherwise everything was to our complete satisfaction and we would recommend the tour to anyone who likes history and temple visits.

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November 11, 2019

It was fun

Since there were two port exits and we (2 people) waited at these different ones, we only got together when a tourist policeman had contacted our guide Chinthaka on our cell phone, all very straightforward. We first visited the lighthouse and the newly created arenal, as it was too hot for a walk to Chinthaka a Tuk Tuk and so we took turns with Tuk Tuk and taxi. Was great and very spontaneous. We got a lot shown and were able to try out a lot at the stands and got information about the many types of bananas. It was a very lively and eventful tour. We would like to thank our guide Chinhaka.

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May 10, 2019

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