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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 this city; there are tours to cover areas for adventure seekers, wildlife enthusiasts, beach bums, history nerds and also the best sightseeing tours in Colombo. 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 boat rides 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 rides along the 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 or souvenirs 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. So check out the some amazing sightseeing tours in Colombo for the best experiences in this quaint and lively country.

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Blue Whale Watching Tour in Bentota and Koggala 8 Hrs ₹ 3743 5.0 star View Details
Excursion to Riverston Gap in Sri Lanka 9 Hrs ₹ 5784 4.0 star View Details
Elephant Safari and Village Tour in Habarana 4 Hrs ₹ 1293 5.0 star View Details
Sightseeing Tour of Southern Sri Lanka 10 Hrs ₹ 3200 3.0 star View Details
Tuk Tuk Safari in Colombo 5 Hrs ₹ 4100 4.0 star View Details
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    Blue Whale Watching Tour in Bentota and Koggala
    h8 Hours

    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 t...

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    Excursion to Riverston Gap in Sri Lanka
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    Matale
    h9 Hours

    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.V...

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    Elephant Safari and Village Tour in Habarana
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    Habarana
    h4 Hours

    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...

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    Sightseeing Tour of Southern Sri Lanka
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    Colombo
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    Colombo, the most prominent city in the entire vicinity of Sri Lanka is a hub that delivers the scope of adventurous activities and great tourist delight. The urban population and the diverse cultural composition of Colombo make it widely accepted as the capital of Sri L...

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    Tuk Tuk Safari in Colombo
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    Colombo
    h5 Hours

    Colombo, the most prominent city in the entire vicinity of Sri Lanka is a hub that delivers the scope of adventurous activities and great tourist delight. The urban population and the diverse cultural composition of Colombo make it widely accepted as the capital of Sr...

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    Colombo Walking Tour - Flat 26% off
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    Colombo
    h3 Hours

    Enjoy this city sightseeing tour of Colombo, the bustling capital of Sri Lanka. An informative guide will accompany you throughout the tour and take you to major highlights such as the Colombo Lighthouse, Largest Chandelier in South East Asia, and more. End your tour wit...

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    Private Tour of Colombo in World War Ii Jeep-flat 20% off
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    Colombo
    h6 Hours

    This Colombo by Jeep off-road adventure tour is the perfect option for those who prefer a unique sightseeing experience. On this private tour, you will experience a ride on an antique World War II Jeep to some of the city's most important attractions, including a bird sa...

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    Day Tour to Pinnawala, Peradeniya and Kandy from Colombo
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    Kandy
    h8 Hours

    Kandy, a famous spot in the Sri Lankan city, imparts great richness in historical as well as religious composition. The location is widely called as the Temple Of The Sacred Tooth Relic that marks the habitat of several remarkable museums and iconic attractions. The spot...

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    Cooking Classes with Market Tour in Colombo
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    Colombo
    h5 Hours

    Colombo, the most prominent city in the entire vicinity of Sri Lanka is a hub that delivers the scope of adventurous activities and great tourist delight. The urban population and the diverse cultural composition of Colombo make it widely accepted as the capital of S...

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    Glimpse of Colombo by Open Deck
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    Colombo
    h4 Hours

    Colombo, the most prominent city in the entire vicinity of Sri Lanka is a hub that delivers the scope of adventurous activities and great tourist delight. The urban population and the diverse cultural composition of Colombo make it widely accepted as the capital of Sri L...

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    Colombo City Tour For Half Day - Flat 33% off
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    Colombo
    h4 Hours

    Visit Colombo, Sri Lanka’s vibrant capital, on this private tour. Traveling between the attractions by air-conditioned vehicle with your chauffeur-guide, make the most of a customizable itinerary, tailoring your sightseeing around your personal preferences. The shopaholi...

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    Historical Temple Trail of Colombo Countryside by Tuk Tuk- Flat 20%
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    Colombo
    h10 Hours

    Colombo has a great history and it is one of the most beautiful cities in South Asia.  Doing a tour in the countryside of Colombo is a great experience as there are many places of interest. This temple trail covers important temples in Sri Lanka and also savor a Sri Lank...

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    Colombo Countryside Cycling
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    Colombo
    h4 Hours

    Colombo, the most prominent city in the entire vicinity of Sri Lanka is a hub that delivers the scope of adventurous activities and great tourist delight. The urban population and the diverse cultural composition of Colombo make it widely accepted as the capital of Sri L...

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  • h10 Hours

    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 adornin...

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    Sabaragamuwa
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    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 ...

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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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Traveller Tales from Colombo

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Balachandra Kocchar

08 July 2019

We are so glad to note we had a wonderful and memorable ride on board the Colombo City Tour..! It's great we 'captured' the real essence of Colombo in that short period of time... amidst the hustle and

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Bhudeva Tagore

08 July 2019

We are so glad to note we had a wonderful and memorable ride on board the Colombo City Tour..! It's great we 'captured' the real essence of Colombo in that short period of time... amidst the hustle and

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Rajinder Kaur

27 March 2019

Well orangised tour. Thank you Thrillophilia. Recommended

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Sakina Hararwala

10 May 2018

"Our tour guide was dimendu, a very helpful person"

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Sonali Sundrani

28 June 2018

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Diksha Dubashi

08 July 2019

Very interesting tour , it was worth it and we are very happy we chose to do it.

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Trilochan Varrier

08 July 2019

Very interesting tour , it was worth it and we are very happy we chose to do it.