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Best Sightseeing Tours in Colombo

The largest city in Sri Lanka, Colombo is a city which was heavily influenced by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British Colonies and that can be seen in its architecture, buildings and cuisines. There is plenty to do in Colombo city and there are tours to cover areas for adventure seekers, wildlife enthusiasts, beach bums and history nerds. There are day tours to Sinharaja Rainforest where you can explore their lush flora and variety of fauna, take a walk in their tea plantations and discover the small villages close by. There are elephant safari through the jungles, and village tours in Habarana where you get to see the large herd of elephants in all their glory, and indulge in some boat ride to witness the village life and enjoy locally made sumptuous meals. There is a day trip of turtle watching tour at Galle, where you get to witness thousands of turtles hatching their eggs and making their way into the ocean, it’s a beautiful sight to behold. So time yourself since it happens during a particular season in a year.

 

Discover ancient Sri Lanka at Dambulla and Sigiriya, the rock cut temples and the archaeological sites along with the ancient caves spread around these places which gives an interesting insight into the history of this place. You can experience the marine life of the reefs via boat ride along these coastal waters and disembark to visit the famous mask factory in Ambalangoda to see the master craftsmen at work and maybe shop for some artefacts as a souvenir for yourself and your friends and family. You can also enjoy an excursion to Riverston Gap which consists of two waterfalls and are a sight to behold. You can also experience the Blue Whale watching tour at Bentota and Koggala starting on a boat ride from Mirissa Harbor.

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    Blue Whale Watching Tour in Bentota and Koggala

    About the Activity: Delight in this amazing Blue Whale watching tour, witness these huge sea animals leaping out of the water in an experience like never before.Get picked up from your hotels at around 6 AM and reach the Mirissa Harbor from where at around 6.30 AM the boats will take you to the whale watching locations. The complete activity will take around 2-4 hours, depending up on the sight of the whales.After the whale watching, continue your journey and enjoy the time visiting turtle hatchery point, where you can watch cute little turtles hatching and making their way into the sea.Continue your journey and visit the age old tradition of stilt fishing at Koggala where fishermen sit balanced far from shore atop sticks and twine, hanging fishing rods into schools of fish.Aftermath, visit the famous Moonstone mine place and followed by an exciting shopping trip to the markets of Bentota.End your trip at around 2 PM by getting dropped off to your hotels. 

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    Excursion to Riverston Gap in Sri Lanka
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    Matale

    About the Activity:Get ready to feel the essence of Riverston, located approximately 30 km from the Matale town.Get picked up from your hotel in Kandy and commence your exploration by 8:30 AM in the morning after reaching Riverston and enjoy the view until it is dusk.Visit the two great waterfalls of Riverston “Sera Ella” and “Bambarakiri Ella which will get refreshed and rejuvenated.Embark on a 4 KM trek along the Sera Ella waterfalls and passing through the beautiful dense forest. Aftermath, enjoy a lip-smacking lunch and proceed to enjoy a photography session in Pitawala Pathana trail and witness the beauty of the surroundings. At around 5.30 PM in the evening, end your trip and head back to Kandy by getting dropped off to your respective hotel. 

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    Elephant Safari and Village Tour in Habarana
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    Habarana

    About the Activity:Habarana, located 210 km north east from Colombo is the transit point for the large herds of wild elephants at the National Parks of Minneriya and Kaudulla. Get ready for an amazing elephant safari as you enthrall in this 4 hour activity, starting at around 10 AMThe ride would take you over the main road, the pathways, villages, jungles, swamp and river. Post this embark on a boat ride to visualize local village life.Learn the unique ways and the culture of the locals during a village tour. Hop onto a boat and reach the river bank - transfer to a village house by a jeep for a scrumptious local village lunch.Return with a bag full of memories as your tour concludes at around 2 PM. 

    h4 Hours
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    Colombo

    About the Activity:The exciting tour of exploring south of Sri Lanka starts as you get picked up from your hotel in Colombo at around 07:30AM to go towards Galle and then onwards to Hikkaduwa.At Hikkaduwa, embark on a boat ride to see the marine life of the reefs.Thereafter, you will be visiting a mask factory at Ambalangoda and see how the master craftsmen prepare these artifacts that are famous world over.Post that, you will be visiting the turtle hatchery and move on towards Bentota to embark on a water safari in Madu Ganga.End your amazing southern Sri Lanka exploration at around 11.30 PM by getting dropped off to your respective hotels in Colombo. 

    h15 Hours
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    Sabaragamuwa

    About the Activity: Embark on a day tour to Sinharaja rain forest reserve to see the nature's gifts being lulled and preserved.Get picked up from your hotels in Sabaragamuwa at around 6 AM and start your tour by taking a walk in the tea plantation estates and delight in the lush-greenery surrounding you.Aftermath, start your exploration of  Sinharaja Rain Forest, which is rich in vivid range of flora and fauna, and enjoy the presence of various animals and reptiles delighting in this wild experience.Continue your journey, drive to the beautiful paddy fields and acquaint yourself more about the local rice cultivation, methods and later pay a visit to the rubber plantation and know more about this local produce.End this delightful day trip by paying a visit to the solacing Big Buddha Temple before getting dropped to your hotels in the evening. 

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  • About the Activity:Get picked up from your hotel in Colombo at around 7 AM in an air conditioned vehicle to roam around the ancient places Dambulla and Sigiriya.First, indulge in an amazing excursion that will take you to Dambulla and explore its beautiful place adorning various quaint masterpieces that are known for enticing tourists from all over the globe.Explore Cave temple, rock cut temple and Golden temple in Dambulla and admire the awe-inspiring architecture of these age old attractions.After that visit Sigiriya Museum which is one of Asia’s major archaeological sites and know more about fifth-century urban planning, architecture, gardening and other household techniques at this archaeological site.End your amazing exploration of ancient Sri Lanka at around 5.30 PM by getting dropped off to your respective hotels in Colombo.  

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    Galle

    About the Activity: The journey of a sightseeing tour through coastal Sri Lanka begins as you are picked up from your hotel in Colombo at around 7 AM and proceed towards the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery that aims to protect the sea turtles and their eggs where you can witness the turtles hatching and crawling towards the ocean. Thereafter, you will be proceeding towards Madu Ganga, where you can enjoy a river safari for 1.5 Hours.The evening brings with it, a visit to Galle Fort and the lighthouse which is built in the Dutch style of architecture.End your amazing exploration trip of coastal Sri Lanka at around 6 PM by getting dropped off to your hotels in Colombo. 

    h11 Hours
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    Kegalle

    About the Activity: Embark on this amazing tour and visit the highlands of Sri Lanka, which include, Pinnawala, Kandy and Peradeniya.Get picked up from your respective hotels at around 6 AM and start your exploration trip. First stop will be the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which is home to abandoned or lost elephants. Get a chance to acquaint yourself about their lifestyle and also explore the orphanage sitting atop this majestic creature.  Aftermath, proceed to Royal botanical garden of Peradeniya which is well known for its diversified variety of plants which included ornamental, decorative, useful & medicinal flora as well.Post this head to the Kandy city, to enjoy some shopping. Enjoy spectacular views from the well – acclaimed Kandy view point.Get entertained in a cultural show at Kandy. Post this, visit world famous Temple of the Tooth Relic. End your amazing trip and exploration of highlands of Sri Lanka at around 5 PM in the evening by getting dropped off to your respective hotels in Colombo.

    h11 Hours
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    Kandy

    About the Activity: Indulge in an enthralling Kandy day tour, have a sight at the major tourist spots in Kandy to know more about Srilanka.Get picked up from your hotel in Kandy at around 5 AM and start your amazing journey.Begin your excursion with a visit to pineapple and herbal garden followed by a visit to famous tea factory and witnessing the entire process of tea packing.Aftermath, make a visit to the elephant orphanage, and delight in the company of these beautiful creatures that are well looked after in this compound.Enjoy an elephant ride, post this, visit botanical garden and temple of tooth.Take a trip to gems and jewellery factory where you can witness creation of beautiful masterpieces.During the trip, also acquaint yourself about the bathik on silk with this amazing day trip to Kandy.End your trip at around 5 PM in the evening and head back to your hotels in your private vehicle.

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    Udawalawe

    About the Activity: If you are looking for a tour to explore the beautiful Udawalawe in Sri Lanka, this tour is a perfect fit for you.Get picked up from your hotels early morning at around 4.30 AM  in Udawalawe, and continue your drive while you relish the scenery toward the destination.Start your trip by embarking on an adventurous jeep safari for four hours, while you explore the beautiful Udawalawe National Park.Continue your journey and visit an elephant transit home within the National Park and acquaint yourself more about the functionality, living conditions and rehabilitation of orphaned elephants here.Post this proceed to Gem mine in Rathnapura where you will be taken through the entire process involving extraction and polishing of gems.Aftermath, visit the paddy fields and know more about the local rice cultivation, methods. Post this, visit rubber plantation and know more about this local produce.End your trip around evening by getting dropped off to your respective hotels in Udawalawe. 

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    Nuwara Eliya

    About the Activity:Get an amazing experience of sightseeing and adventure by indulging in a 5 D/4 N tour in Hatton and Kandy in Sri Lanka.Stay in Tea Hills bungalow in Hatton for two nights and enjoy the scintillating view of two major water falls.Indulge in a trekking also there and get ready to visit one of the primary tea production center in Hatton and taste good tea.Visit Kandy, another popular tourist place and enjoy shopping in the city.Make a visit to the spice garden for experiencing different types of spices, relish the stay at Kandy hills bungalow for two nights.

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    Galle

    About the Activity:If you are looking for some amazing and adventurous cycling trip, this tour is a perfect fit for you. Your trip begins at 07:30 AM, by meeting at Sri Lanka Bicycle Trips shop and proceed to Galle Fort, from where the cycling trip will startCycle along vast stretches of paddy fields and coconut farms, before you stop for a lip-smacking lunch at around 1 PM in the home of an aristocratic Lankan family. During your lunch, acquaint yourself about their authentic culture and traditions and also get a chance to learn a few words from their language. Aftermath at around 3 PM start cycling again and reach the tea factory, where you can witness the process of tea making and also can taste various types of teas.Leave from the tea factory at around 4.15 PM and cycle till the Galle Fort where you will drop your cycles.Transfer back to Colombo from Galle Fort and after reaching there at 7.30 PM. end your tour.

    h12 Hours
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    Kandy

    About the Activity:Travel from Colombo to Kandy on a 25 min luxury air charter over the lush green mountains and tiered paddy lands of Sri Lanka.Upon reaching Kandy’s Polgolla Reservoir you will be transfered to your hotels and your afternoon will include a visit to the Temple of the Tooth and the Kandy Lake and an overnight stay in Cinnamon Citadel.The next day starts with a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya. After the tour you would be transfered to the Kandy Polgolla airport for your flight back to the Colombo.

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    Kandy

    About the Activity: This highland tour from Pinnawala to Kandy begins as you get picked up from your respective hotel in Colombo at around 6 AMProceed towards the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, where you can see elephants being bathed and fed and acquaint yourself with the lifestyle of these majestic creatures.Aftermath, proceed towards Kandy and visit the famous Tooth Relic Temple and see the hilly regions of Sri LankaDuring your trip in Kandy, also visit Gadaladeniya Temple, Lankathilaka Viharaya, Embekka Devale and Peradeniya BotanicalEnd your amazing highland exploration tour of Sri Lanka at around 5 PM in the evening by getting dropped off to your hotels. 

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    Bentota

    About the Activity:If you are looking for some tour to explore the beautiful city of Bentota, this tour is a perfect fit for you.Get picked from your hotels in Bentota at around 8 AM and began your journey with the cherishing sights in the small village that is located amidst rich greenery.Indulge in the boat safari activity in Bentota river and explore the dense forest and its greenery.Visit and admire the stunning beauty of mangrove lagoons accompanying you throughout your safari, followed by the visit to turtle hatchery point where you can have sight of turtles moving to the sea.Aftermath, take a walk to the old coconut factory and delight in the lush-greenery of Bawa garden and Herbal garden.Visit the famous Buddhist temple, post this enthrall in an exiting shopping spree before enthralling in an array of water sports available at this small town.End your trip in the evening by getting dropped of to your respective hotels. 

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Attractions

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Galle Face Green Beach

Situated in the middle of the busy stretch of Galle Road and the Indian Ocean, this open space, established during 1859 on 5 hectares, is a huge hit among tourists of all age groups. During weekends, the place is abuzz with vendors who attract kids with their bright toys and bubbles. This area is open all through the year. Entry into the park is free.

While you are here, do not miss to taste the lip-smacking delicacies that are prepared by street vendors.



Location: This is located right next to the famous Galle Beach.

Highlights:
 The magical and golden rays of sunset, fresh air and the positive ambience of the place make Galle Face Green one of the must-visit places in Colombo. The place is currently taken care of by the Sri Lanka’s Urban Development Authority. 

Timings:
This park is open 24/7 all through the day.

Price: Entry into this park is free of cost.
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Mount Lavinia Beach

Mount Lavinia is a heritage hotel, which was predominantly a huge place during 1806. There are various ocean view rooms up for taking here, provided you book early. During special festivals and peak tourist seasons, the heritage hotel offers great deals for the benefit of tourists.



Location:
 With a spending view of the Laccadive Sea, Mount Lavinia offers luxurious services and facilities for its guests. It is located in close vicinity to the National Zoological Gardens. 

Highlights: Sunset deals, wedding packages, national holiday deals, offers on cards of certain banks etc. are some of the promotional offers advertised by Mount Lavinia throughout the year.

Timings: The hotel is open all through the year. It also has a children’s park, where children are treated to a variety of outdoor sports till 4PM.

Price: 
Approximate price starts from 1000 LKR
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Gangaramaya Temple

Gangaramaya Temple is not only one of the most beautiful but also one of the most iconic Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. It is more than a century since this temple was constructed; however even today, the temple doesn’t stop to surprise tourists and devotees. The pathways and doors that lead into the main sanctum sanctorum contain intricately carved sculptures that are simply breath-taking.

Highlights: The ceilings and walls contain pictures and miniature paintings that explain stories from Buddhism religion. In the main sanctorum, a huge Buddha statue exudes a brilliant sense of calmness in the devotees. Built in a mix of various architectural styles including India, Burmese, Thai and Chinese, this temple also houses a museum.



Location: The temple is located right on the Jinaratana Road in the heart of Colombo city.

Timings: The temple is open from 5.30AM to 10PM.

Price: Entry fee is LKR200 per adult.
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Dehiwala Zoo

Dehiwala Zoo or the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka was set up during 1936 with the sole ambition of providing ultimate protection to a wide range of wild animals and birds. . When you are here, do not miss the impressive performances from elephants, chimpanzees and sea lions.

  

Location: This zoo is located at 
Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Dehiwala.

Highlights:
 This place is one of the members of WAZA (World Association of Zoos and Aquariums). In order to encourage breeding, this zoo is actively involved in animal exchange programs. The place is known for its exotic varieties of mammals, birds, fishes, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and marine invertebrates

Timings: The zoo is open from 8.30 AM to 6:00 PM on all days.

Price: 
Approximate price starts from 100 LKR for adult and 30 LKR for child, for foreigners 500 LKR for adults and 250 LKR for child.

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National Museum

If you are a history lover and have a keen eye for architecture, the National Museum is probably one of the first few places that you need to visit, when you come to Colombo. Established during 1877, this is the biggest museum in the island nation and is undoubtedly the pride of Sri Lanka. The place houses some of the best and personalised collections of the ancient Kandyan dynasty rulers.



Location:
 The museum built in Italian architecture style, is located right in the heart of the Colombo city. 

Highlights:
 The museum’s library deserves special mention as it contains rich manuscripts in palm leaves in languages like Burmese, Sinhala, Telugu, Tamil and much more. 

Timings:
The museum is open on all days except national holidays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Price:  Approximate price for local adults and kids are 35 LKR and 20 LKR respectively, whereas, for foreign adults and kids, the prices are 600 LKR and 300 LKR respectively.
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Viharamahadevi Park

Named after Queen Viharamahadevi, this park is the largest and probably the only public park in Colombo. It is one of those places that never cease to excite you irrespective of the number of times you come here.

Highlights: There are lots of places to visit here like the aquarium, mini zoo, children’s play zone, war memorial, lake and the dangerous-yet-adventurous suspension bridge above it. When you and your kids are tired of running round the park, you can just relax on the cool resting places on the park, eating local delicacies like candy floss, corn and ice-creams from the sellers here. A canopy of green trees lends a beautiful ambience to this place.



Location: The Park is located right next to the famous National Museum in the heart of Colombo.

Timings: This Park is open all through the year.

Price: Entry into the park is free of cost.
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Old City Hall

This is definitely a place that will interest any architecture or history lover. Constructed over two centuries ago, the Old City Hall is one of the brilliant architectural marvels from the bygone British era. The months of January, February, March, November and December are the best when it comes to visiting Colombo. The entry price is free of cost.


 
Locati
on: The hall can be found on Main Street in Colombo amidst various famous tourist spots.

Highlights
: There are a few attendants working in the hall, who will gladly take you around the building, provided you tip them a reasonable amount of money. The hall is literally a treasure island that contains old government equipment, transport machinery and other council chambers that were present during the earlier times.

Timings: The place is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM ll days of the week except Sundays.
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Dutch Period Museum

During the period between 1656 and 1796, Dutch rulers ruled over Sri Lanka. The Dutch Museum which tourists get to watch today was once the official residing place of Thomas Van Rhee, the former Dutch Governor of Sri Lanka.

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Location
: The place is located at Prince Street in the city

Highlights
: The museum contains two floors and it houses around 3000 personal collections of Dutch rulers who reigned over the place. This place was converted into a public museum during 1977, thanks to the able support rendered by the Government of Netherlands.

Timings: The museum is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Tuesday to Saturday.

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