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Colombo: Half-Day City Tour

1. Colombo: Half-Day City Tour

Discover both the modern and traditional areas of Colombo and learn more about the city's colonial past on this tour, from a 100-year-old clock tower to British colonial-era buildings. During this tour, visit the Old Parliament, explore the affluent residential areas and admire the Bandaranaike memorial international conference hall, a gift to Sri Lanka from the people’s republic of China. Immerse yourself in a fascinating blend of cultures, religions, and socioeconomic classes and experience daily life for Sri Lankan residents. You will see attractions such as the Sambodhi Chaithya Buddhist Temple, the lighthouse, Red Mosque, the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, the Town Hall, and Independence Square. You may also choose to visit a handicrafts emporium for a spot of shopping if you wish. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of the tour.

Bentota: Colombo Fishmarket and City Tour

2. Bentota: Colombo Fishmarket and City Tour

After getting picked up from your hotel in Kalutara or Bentota, head to Pettah, the oldest part of Colombo. Marvel at the thousands of stalls selling items from medicine to electronic equipment before beginning your driving tour of the city. Visit sites such as Beira Lake, Viharamahdevi Park, and Independence Square, where you can see one of the oldest examples of Sri Lankan architecture. The first stop of your visit is the Pettah fish market, which is the biggest fish market on the island featuring a concentration of hundreds of fish sellers. Enjoy a walking tour of the fish market. Afterward, head to the fort area and discover a mix of contemporary architecture and old-world charm with high-rise modern buildings built alongside medieval structures. Towards the end of the drive, visit the Colombo Historical Museum where you can see a large number of valuable exhibits. After your drive around the city, begin your walking tour. As you walk along the narrow and charming streets of the city center, learn more about Colombo's historical eras and their impact on the architectural ensemble of the city. Stroll past sights such as the Old Parliament, Gangrama Temple, and the Town Hall. Shop 'til you drop in the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct or head for lunch at one of the area's famed restaurants. Discover examples of British architecture and learn more about Colombo's history and its remarkable growth as you visit the BMICH, the Wolvendaal Church, and Colombo's most beautiful Hindu temple. Get dropped off back at your hotel in the evening.

Colombo: Sightseeing Day Trip with Gangaramaya Temple

3. Colombo: Sightseeing Day Trip with Gangaramaya Temple

Explore the top sights in Colombo on this day trip. Take a walk at Galle Face Green beach, Viharamahadevi park, and through the modern port. Admire religious sites like Kopanna Vidiya temple, Gangaramaya temple, and Wolvendaal Church. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your Colombo accommodation. Sit back and take in the scenery as you drive through the Cinnamon garden district where rich colonial rulers once lived. Stop at Gangaramaya temple on Beira Lake. See hundreds of Buddha statues at the temple and visit a museum with a large collection of valuable artifacts. Travel to the Independence Memorial Hall which is built in the Sri Lankan Kandyan style. Admire its gigantic pillars and elegant stone structure.  Continue to a Hindu temple in Kopanna Vidiya. View its large and ornate gate tower. Head to Galle Face Green beach and feel the sea breeze. Go to Viharamahadevi park which is in front of the colonial-era town hall. Walk in the newly built port, which is the biggest modern development project in Sri Lanka. Make a stop at the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct. Pass Pettah market, the railway station, and the Dutch Colonial Wolvendaal Church. Return to your accommodation in Colombo. 

Colombo: Private Guided Night Cycling Tour

4. Colombo: Private Guided Night Cycling Tour

Start your exciting night cycling tour with a visit to Independence Square, the local racecourse, which was used as a temporary airfield during World War II, Victoria Park, and the Municipal Building. Continue to the Gangaramaya Temple and Slave Island, a suburb of Colombo that was once a place of horror where enslaved people from Africa were held during the Portuguese and Dutch rule of Sri Lanka. Learn all about this local history, including the dutch hospital, the Grand Oriental Hotel, Old Colombo LightHouse, and the prison cell of the last king of Sri Lanka, Sri Vikrama Rajainghe. Finish up your cycling adventure with a stop at the Galle Face Green and Galle Face Hotel.

From Negombo: Private Sightseeing Tour of Colombo City

5. From Negombo: Private Sightseeing Tour of Colombo City

View elegant colonial buildings rising in tandem with shiny new business in the sprawling metropolis of Colombo. Greet your guide at your accommodation in the morning at 8:30 AM or in the afternoon at 1:00 PM.  Learn more about the history of this city at sights like the prison cell of the last Sri Lankan King, or by visiting York Street with its charming remnants of old British colonial architecture. Wander through the over 100,000 exhibits in the National Museum.  Visit one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Colombo at Gangaramaya Temple. Spend some time by the water as you se see the Galle Face promenade, the Colombo light house, and the scenic Beira Lake. Venture through both the old and the new by seeing Colombo Town Hall, the war memorial, BMICH, Dewatagaha Mosque, and many more landmarks that comprise the interesting tapestry of the city. 

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What people are saying about Gangaramaya Temple

Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 15 reviews

The guide and driver were very kind to drive us in heavy traffic to St Anthony's Church even though it was not on the itinerary but it should be as this is the most important site in Colombo for Christian westerners so that we could pay our respects after the atrocities by Islamic suicide bombers at Easter. The Christian worshippers are still very noticeably traumatised and our hearts went out to these tragic people. God bless them and may they be allowed to live in peace by these evil Islamic fanatics. Just totally heartbreaking but we were so glad that we got to visit this sacred church now protected by armed soldiers to show our support for them and Christianity. May these innocent souls rest in peace x

Guide was 30 min late but understandable with traffic. We were expecting a group tour but it turned out to be private. Driving around town in a small car with A/C was worth the cost. We drove past many attractions and stopped at a few. It only took 2 hrs to complete the tour but it’s because we chose not to spend a lot of time at each stop. The heat was too much for us. Definitely worth the cost. We had planned to take a tuktuk around town on our own to places we chose but glad we took the tour instead.

excellent tour takes you to the most important places in the city with a super guide that apart takes some amazing photos super recommended

Because of health problems, we did not walk much. The driver was very pleasant.