6 Hours Bird Watching tour itinerary for Colombo: Discover The Capital's Hidden Gems
Visit Sri Lanka's largest city to discover all about it's history, heritage, cultures. Visit the Dutch Museum, Viharamahadevi Park, Town Hall, Attidiya Bird Sanctuary etc., hop on a ‘tuk tuk’ to visit local eateries and savour tasty seafood delights like kottu rotti etc.
Begin your journey with an insightful, guided heritage walk around the Colombo Fort district with your Sri Lankan tour guide. Once a mighty colonial fort and safe haven to seafaring merchants now lost in the contemporary world. Learn about the Fort’s colonization and its inhabitants throughout the ages. Hear their stories as you walk along age-old streets and view the heritage and historic remnants of the past. Experience how a small seaport settlement transformed into the heart of Colombo.
Head east and cross a canal to reach the outer area of the Fort called Pettah. Pettah is the nation's busiest commercial district selling goods of every description, from colourful textiles, gold and silver to the daily commodities such as spices, fruits and vegetables. We'll guide you through the maze of hilly streets & alleyways and reveal to you all the historical landmarks & cultural sites located within the hustle & bustle. You will experience the lives of the locals and get a glimpse into their livelihoods at the bazaar.
Go back towards the Fort district and visit the Galle Face Promenade. Marvel at the ocean from the promenade, feast on street food, visit a heritage hotel nearby and get an insight on the original promenade dating back to the 1800's.
Move south of the Fort to a place called Slave Island. Slave Island encompasses history, diverse culture, harmonious neighbourhoods and delicious food. Today, the district is undergoing immense urban development but the place itself has a legacy of its own along with a few must-see sights.
Explore the Town Hall district to see more historically and culturally significant sites like the Town Hall of Colombo, Dewathagoda Mosque, Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre, and Viharamahadevi Park. You can even opt for a visit to the National Museum to discover more about Sri Lanka.
Roam in the Cinnamon Gardens district to unravel monuments like the Independence Square & Memorial Hall and the historic Colombo Race Grounds to find out more about the city's rich history and culture.
End your excursion with a spectacular sunset by the Mount Lavinia beach.
A Travel Specialist: From the moment you get in touch with us to plan a trip, you will gain the support and camaraderie of a travel specialist. The travel specialist will bring your trip to life, creating an experience that is absolutely effortless. They are specially trained to fulfill your travel dreams by taking care of every detail.
The Travel Planning Process: You will receive our valuable experience and skills in the travel planning process. That means we will help you craft a personalized itinerary guide, manage your room reservations, organize your gastronomy needs and arrange your local transportation requirements. We will also bring to life all your bucket list sightseeing, recreational activities and authentic experiences.
Local Connections: We make connections with locals who will curate your travel experiences. From farmers to city dwellers, naturalists to historians, our specialist hosts around Sri Lanka will share their stories and knowledge with you. We offer you genuine interactions at the destination. You will be able to connect to a place and it's people at a much deeper and meaningful level.
Destination Knowledge: We have researched, explored and discovered all the hidden gems and must-sees first-hand. From places to visit, local spots to eat, activities to do and experiences to engage in - you will have access to our comprehensive destination knowledge of the island.
Meals: one local meal during the excursion.
Experiences & Activities: all the experiences & activities mentioned in the itinerary excluding the optional ones.
Transportation during the excursion.
International Flights and Airfare: The flight tickets are not included in the price, however, we would be glad to find out the best deals out there and help you book them.
Tourist Visa to Sri Lanka: Tourist visa & visa processing fees are not included but we can obtain them as a third party on behalf of you.
Please Note: The other two are two methods of obtaining a tourist visa for Sri Lanka is by applying online for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) or applying for the visa on arrival at the airport. For more info about Sri Lankan Tourist Visas please visit: www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/
Entrance Fees: The entrance fees to attractions, national parks and other places of interest that require entry tickets are not included in the above prices. Please Note: You can include all the entrance fees in the price upon request.
Optional Experiences: On all our itineraries we have suggested optional experiences & activities that we think will enhance your journey. You choose whether or not you will participate. These additional experiences are not included in the price above.
Miscellaneous Personal Expenditure: Gratuities, donations or any other personal items purchased during the trip are not included. Some meals are not included but your travel specialist may invite you to delight in local cuisine at your own expense.
Dutch Museum: Visit the Dutch Museum in Pettah.
National Museum of Colombo: Stopover at the National Museum for an educational visit to help you learn more about Sri Lanka.
Bird watching: Go on a bird watching expedition in the outskirts of Colombo at Beddagana Wetlands or the Attidiya Bird Sanctuary. Experience a glimpse of Sri Lanka’s rich biodiversity.
Night Food Safari: Hop on a ‘tuk tuk’ and visit favorite local eateries to sample culinary delights like rice and curry, kottu rotti, and short-eats (local appetizers). Stop by various street food vendors to taste the various flavors of Colombo’s night food like Vada (local fritters), samosas and hoppers.
Sun and Sea Dinning Experience: Experience a spectacular sunset by the beach while feasting on a variety of seafood specialties for dinner.