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8-Hour Leisurely Tour Of The Colombo Highlights
  • Tour Category

    Group Tour

  • Tour Types

    Food and Drink, Rural Experience, Story Telling

  • Duration

    8 Hours

  • Activity Level

    Easy

  • Language

    English, Greek, Korean

Description

The tour takes you on a fascinating journey in the capital of Isle Paradise to taste its cultural texture, witness its noisy streets, bargain markets and relax watching the uprising urban lifestyle of the capital. The commercial and the administrative hub of the country, Colombo is a blend of cultures, religions and classes, blessed hinterlands and betrayed slums.

  • Day 1 : Colombo Sightseeing expand_more
    • Pickup from the airport, hotel or pre-established meeting point. Then set off on your trip to visit:
      • Gangarama Temple - One of the most important temples of Colombo, an eclectic mix of Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, and Chinese architecture. 
      • National Museum - Established on 1st January 1877 by Sir William Henry Gregory, it is the largest museum in the country. 
      • Old Parliament Building - Housing the Presidential Secretariat of Sri Lanka, this Neo-Baroque-style building has held Colombo's legislature for 53 years.  
      • Independence Memorial Arcade & Independence Square - A national monument, it houses the Independence Memorial Museum.
      • Shopping at Odel Shopping Complex - Shopping at Laksala state-owned Handicrafts Emporium - an authentic place to pick up some popular Sri Lankan handicrafts and products.
      • Beire Lake - located in the centre of the city, the lake has many intricate canals which have aided in transporting good waterway.
      • Time for an authentic traditional Sri Lankan lunch.  
    • After lunch, walk through the main fruit and vegetable market of Colombo, experience local life.
    • Go to the Lighthouse and clock tower - built on 25 February 1857, the tower was designed by Emily Elizabeth Ward, wife of Governor Sir Henry George Ward. At 29-metre-high (95 ft), it was the tallest building at that time.  
    • Travel to the Colombo Harbor - the largest and the busiest Sri Lanka port, serves as an important terminal in Asia.
    • Visit Grand Orient Hotel, which has a stunning view of a Colombo harbour.
    • Explore the busy bazaar of Colombo.
What's Included
  • Complete freedom

  • Experienced chauffeurs

  • Air-conditioned vehicles

  • Pick up from your location

  • Free wifi

Know before you go
  • During the tour, you will be travelling in air-conditioned semi-luxury vehicles. The chauffeur (driver-guide) will keep the conversation informative and entertaining explaining to you the places you visit (where applicable) and the country in general and also be answering any questions you have.

  • You will be picked up from a pre-established location, from the airport or from your hotel/lodge. At the end of the tour, you will be accompanied to your hotel/lodge or to the airport whichever a convenient option for you.

  • Pick up or drop off within Negombo city limits and up to Kochchikade river, Colombo city limits up to Mt. Lavinia and to/from Colombo International Airport are free of charge. For any other location please contact us for a quotation.

  • Your guide takes you through the sightseeings and explains to you in detail about the attraction. We may use the assistance of local city guides where required without you are being bullied for the extra service

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Price Details
Per Person
1 To 4 USD 80 Per Person

This is a group tour

Tour Reviews
  • Sam

    Chinthaka understood immediately how we as a family worked - one 21 year old needed sunbathing, action and wildlife - one 24 year old needed culture, information and wildlife and my husband and I were happy to embrace all that Sri Lanka has to offer - what a country. Our trip was led brilliantly by Chinthaka - always on hand with a lovely cooling towel after a hard trek or drive; had an answer to all my annoying random questions and also had a great gentle sense of humour and, most importantly, was at all times professional.  

  • Clare

    Just back from a twelve day trip around Sri Lanka.  This was our 12 year old twins first experience of Asia and it was a huge success.  Chinthaka was excellent in every respect.  We felt safe and well looked after throughout.  He was brillant at giving plenty of information but equally not overloading.  He always knew when to recommend an early start for the day, which payed off massively in avoiding both crowds and heat at the most busy tourist sites.  

    Chinthaka is the perfect guide for a family, our kids immedaitely struck up a rapport with him and enjoyed his company.  He quickly recognised our interest in wildlife and was always quick to spot and point out anything of interest during our journeys.  A great guide, well deserving of top marks in all categories!

  • Sian

    Chinthaka looked after us brilliantly from the start to the finish of our tour of Sri Lanka . I cannot think of anything to fault ! His driving is excellent , his knowledge unbelievable ... from historical facts to wildlife and general information about everything you could want to know about Sri Lanka and the sehlanese people . We learnt so much during our travels with him and felt absolutely safe in his hands . He is extremely polite , humorous and helped make our trip truly memorable . 

  • Toby

    My wife and I have just completed a fascinating and lovely holiday in Sri Lanka, throughout which Chinthaka was our driver and guide.He was so knowledgable and helpful and made an enormously positive difference to our trip.We spent a considerable amount of time with Chinthaka and he was also great company , very courteous and has a good sense of humour. I would unhesitatingly recommend Chinthaka to anybody who is visiting Sri Lanka-if there is a better driver/ guide in Sri Lanka, I would be very surprised!

  • Garvock

    My husband and I were extremely lucky to have Chinthaka as our guide for our honeymoon. He is knowledgable, friendly and organised and made our whole trip a dream. He answered all our questions thoroughly and knowledgably. He went above and beyond with his assisstence when we required a translator also. 

    He knows some great "off the beaten track" places to go and is an excellent driver. Thanks for a great trip, Chinthaka!

  • Stanislau

    I visited Sri Lanka in October 2017. It was a special request for a specified tour with limited time. The best thing the Ground Operator did was recommend driver Chinthaka S Hatarasinghe as our Tour Guide and driver. His knowledge on the history of Sri Lanka is remarkable. I felt very safe in his capable hands as a driver particularly when we cut through the woods on our way south from Nuwaraeliya to Galle using single narrow winding roads. He has pleasant personality. He has a good sense of humour but also laughed at our jokes about a crazy leader. I did a few presentations upon my return to Canada. There is a lot of interest in Sri Lanka wit my office colleagues. I will recommed a similar itinerary with

    Chinthaka as a driver and Guide. Take good care of him please! Stan DeSouza Toronto, Canada

  • weareturi

    My husband and I recently had the pleasure of spending two weeks in Sri Lanka with Chinthaka as our chauffeur/guide.   Whenever you do a private journey, there is always some concern about the guide you will use because you spend a lot of time with them.   We were very lucky to be partnered with Chinthaka.   He was relaxed, but professional.   He is knowledgeable about history, culture, customs, nature, birds & animals.   And, he is interested in having conversations so he can share information about Sri Lanka but also to learn more about the world.   We had some fun (and funny) conversations.    He is well educated, interested in business, food, travel, etc.  We would highly recommend that anyone considering a private journey to Sri Lanka engage the services of Chinthaka!    Even his driving is great in a country where that is challenging.   Highly recommend!

  • desouza1446

    Our Guide:

    Chinthaka Shamal Hatharasinghe

    Our trip to Sri Lanka recently was made all the more memorable by your fantastic Guide above.

    We visited Colombo, Kandy and other places. I would like to add your Guide was helpful, polite and at times very funny.

    I travelled with my Uncle Ambrose De Souza and we both thought the Guide very informative. Particularly when we visited the ‘Temple of the Tooth’.

    I would recommend him very highly. I personally felt very at ease when asking him general questions. Please let him know how grateful I am.

    Many Thanks 

    Mark De Souza

  • chicgal18

    We went to SRI Lanka as a family in the first week Sept  without an idea what to expect and were rest assured the minute we met our guide Mike/ Chinthaka . The 5 days that we were touring, gave us an insight of the people, culture and cuisine; all thanks to our guide. My 2.5 year old also loved his company and still talks about him. Mike helped us getting hotels booked at discounted rates as well. He is a complete package and the right one for your holiday in SRI Lanka. 

  • maleebsirf

    We came from Hong Kong and celebrated our first anniversary of marriage in Sri Lanka for 8 days. 

    Since we did not have much ideas about the place we went, luckily we found Chinthaka as our guide.

    He is punctual, nice and willing to offer help and give useful information all the time. We felt     safe and supported, like friends. We really enjoyed a lot and had a fantastic time in Sri Lanka! 

  • Nathanlam

    We went to Sri Lanka for 8days and we luckily have Chinthaka as our guide and driver, he is very nice and punctual. He gave useful suggestion for our trip planning.

    During the trip, Chinthaka explain a lot in cultural as well as history in detail. He would suggest different things to do and different local food to eat to help us to experience the most realistic and beautiful side of Sri Lanka. He knew the road and able to take a short cut to prevent traffic jam.

  • Clemency

    Chinthaka was our guide and driver for 6 days on our honeymoon in Sri Lanka. From his smiley reception at the airport, he was good humoured throughout and very patient with us and our atm troubles! He was always very prompt but we never felt rushed, he is exceedingly knowledgeable about his country with good tourist suggestions. His car is very comfortable and his driving excellent. We would certainly recommend him.

  • Damico

    Chinthaka was our guide for 8 days of our honeymoon in Sri Lanka.  He is very knowledgeable about this gem of a country, yet still down-to-earth enough to have a great conversation with about anything from culture to life in general. He provided memorable experiences from the popular things like Sigiriya to great local food like hoppers! He is very professional while at the same time has a great sense of humor which is a wonderful thing when you are spending multiple days with someone touring a country! His efforts to make sure that the client is satisfied with their experiences while at the same time making them feel at home is a testament to both him and the company that he works for.  My wife and I would highly recommend him for anyone  wanting to see this amazing country with all of its opportunities for travel experiences!

  • Hhaspeslagh

    Chinthaka was our guide + driver for our 14 day honeymoon tour. He showed us the highlights of the country and especially some beautiful local spots and uses. He's an excellent guy with impeccable guiding and driving skills. He provided us a great tour and took all our requests into account.

    Unforgettable tour!

  • Tania

    We had a great 5 day tour with Chinthaka. He was always on time and made us feel extremely safe and comfortable, which was a concern for us as we were 4 girls. We travelled from Colombo to Pinwale, Nuwara Eliya, Kitulgala and Bentota with him and found him to be a cautious and accomodating English speaking driver/guide. He is also a good photographer! We would definitely recommend him to other travellors.    

  • maryannepotts57

    Chin was my driver and guide for my 8 day tour. We developed a great rapport from the outset and it lasted for the whole journey. As a single woman in Sri Lanka for the first time Chin made me feel comfortable and safe, especially in some pretty chaotic traffic conditions. Chin's knowledge of the history, geography and culture of his country was exceptional and greatly enhanced my experiences. I would recommend him to anyone thinking about traveling across this fascinating island.

  • Jill

    We took our first holiday to Sri Lanka and couldn't have picked a better guide. 

    Chin was great to spend time with, his English was excellent (and he speaks Korean too) he was extremely knowledgeable and most importantly he was a very safe driver which on Sri Lankan roads is quite important as the tuk tuk drivers are crazy !!

    We plan to return hopefully next year and we shall definitely be getting in touch with Chin again

  • Takako

    Before I came,I was worried about my first trip in Sri Lanka. I didn't know culture, people and safe or not.

    But he is a super professional guide, for instance, he has substantial knowledge about ancient culture , his explanation is vivid. And also he took care of my meal. He brought me some hygiene restaurants. If you are planning to travel in Sri Lanka, I highly recommend him. He is an efficient and friendly. Moving by car is non stress. It would be memorable trip for you . Thanks to him, I was able to spend worthwhile time! 

  • cabrown89

    Thank you Chinthaka for helping us make the very most of our honeymoon in Sri Lanka. We feel that you really helped us get a feel for Sri Lanka that would never could have without your help and guidance. Your english was really clear and your driving made us feel safe.

    Thank you!

  • helpsow

    Chinthaka Shamal Hatharasingha was with us every step of the way from the time he picked us up from Bandaranaike International Airport on 1 March 2017 to the time he dropped us off on 10 March. He made our holiday. Not only is he a great guide but he is a great travelling companion and a fine ambassador for his country. Our stay was all too short and we hope to return next year to look at those parts of the country we missed first time round. Chinthaka - start working on our itinerary! We need to see a bit more cricket together and don't forget about the butterflies.

    Tim and Yvonne Helps, United Kingdom.

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