Colombo City Tour 1 Day
Pick up time from the Hotel : Morning hours 10:30 HRS.
Afternoon hours : 14:30 HRS
Situated on the west coast of Sri Lanka, Colombo is said to be the traditional gateway to the Orient. It is the largest city of the island and due to its vital role in the east-west sea trade dating as far back at the 5th century, it is possible to see the remnants of Moorish, Portuguese, Dutch, and British settlement throughout the city. On this full-day tour, you will be given an insider's view to the bustling metropolis and discover the many layers, which form its colorful character.
You will drive through the commercial area of Fort, so named because both the Portuguese and Dutch had a fort at this point. Drive past Pettah, a noisy Oriental bazaar with a mix of humanity, ancient vehicles, bargains, mosques and temples. You will visit a Hindu and Buddhist Temple and the Jami Ul Alfar Jumma Mosque. You will continue with the tour through the Wolfendhal Dutch Church, Hulftsdorp Law Courts, through the residential area of Cinnamon Gardens, and on to the Independence Square, Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall and the National Museum.
During the day you will have the opportunity to visit sites including the mile-long promenade of Galle Face Green, the exclusive district of Cinnamon Gardens where you will find Independence Hall, the vibrant bazaars of Pettah, and the pristine beaches of Mt. Lavinia. Your journey will be enhanced by the many religious sanctuaries, which manifest in their variety, the peaceful tolerance of the city’s diverse inhabitants. There will also be time to investigate Colombo’s National Museum and get a real taste of the ancient, colonial and modern influences, which make up the city.
Commences from booked hotels in Colombo city limits.
BANDARANAIKE MEMORIAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE HALL (B.M.I.C.H)
The Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall built by a Chinese grant is a landmark in the city depicting the architecture of its donor country. It was constructed as the very first purpose built convention centre in Asia to hold the Non-Align Summit in Colombo in 1976 having the best of professional conference facilities.
A remnant of the Dutch period and an interesting link of Colombo’s Dutch history, this stone church on Wolvendaal Street, built in 1749 has unique tombstones set into the floor, which were moved from a church in the Fort in 1813.
What was once a swamp adjoining the famous Beira Lake is now a landmark in the capital city. It has expanded into a vibrant complex comprising the Gangaramaya Temple, the ‘Seemamalakaya’ – an assembly hall for Buddhist monks – and a vocational training institute in the picturesque Beira Lake. This unique Seemamalakaya was designed by the famous Sri Lankan Architect Geoffrey Bawa among whose unparallel work is the New Parliament Complex just outside the city of Colombo and numerous unique hotels scattered across the island.
The Colombo National Museum was established on 1st January 1877. Its founder was Sir William Henry Gregory, the British Governor of Ceylon (Sri Lanka.) Housed in a fine colonial – era building, the Museum is famous for collections of ancient royal regalia; Sinhalese art work, (carvings, sculptures etc.) antique furniture, chains, and Ola manuscripts. The museum contains more than 4,000 palm leaf manuscripts and ancient and medieval jewelry.
LAKMEDURA / LAKSALA (STATE OWNED HANDICRAFTS & SOUVENIRS EMPORIUM)
Sri Lanka Handicrafts Board was established on 17th January 1983, under the National Crafts Council & allied Institutions Act No. 35 of 1982. Better known as “LAKSALA” this is a state owned corporation under the Ministry of Rural Industries and Self Employment Bureau. Promotion is set up to preserve and develop traditional skill of the craftsmen.
Independence Commemoration Hall (also Independence Memorial Hall) is a National monument in Sri Lanka built in commemoration of the Independence of Sri Lanka from the British rule with the establishment of Dominion of Ceylon on February 4, 1948. It is located at the Independence Square (formally Torrington Square) in the Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo. The monument was built at the location where the formal ceremony marking the start of self rule, with the opening of the first parliament by the HRH Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester occurred at a special podium on February 4, 1948. Located at the head of the monument is the statue of the first Prime Minister of the country Rt. Hon. Don Stephen Senanayake the "The Father of the Nation". Most of the annual National Independence Day celebrations have been held here.
NELUM POKUNA THEATRE
Thereafter Drive through St. Bridget’s Convent the Nelum pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre, the highly residential area Rosemead Place, Main postal Head Office, Town Hall etc.
Return back to the hotel in the evening.
Attractions in Colombo:
- Beaches of Mount Lavinia
- Gall face Green
- Colonial buildings,
- Independence square
- Major shopping area and complexes
- way of life in Colombo, culture, customs and traditions.
- Zoological Gardens + Elephant Dance
Pettah Market / Shopping places in Colombo
The floating market is a series of pavilions constructed on the far end of the restored Beira lake between the Pettah bus station and the railway station. It's supposed to include about 90 stalls in total - and when we visited, this included electronics, clothes, shoes, jewellery, short-eats, kottu, vegetables and fruits. It's kind of the stuff you'd find at Majestic City, except you're shopping next to this glorious lake.
PM : After witnessing the perahera return back to Colombo and will be dropped off from the Pick up point