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Sri Lanka By Car, A Trusted Local Touring Company

Half-Day Colombo City Tour

"Private & Custom tour with introduction to Sri Lanka"

A fascinating journey through the vibes & sounds of a multicultural, multi-religion capital. Crowded street markets, slums and uprising urban lifestyle of the war-torn country. We are taking you to witness Colombo as it is, through its Victorian architecture, its monasteries and Kovils. Bargain street markets and chic joints. All to remember and take good memories of Sri Lanka with you!

What Makes This Tour So Special

Licensed Tourist Guide

Entrance Tickets Included

Layover Friendly

Travel @ Your Own Pace

Itinerary Customisation

Taste Local Street Food


Tour Itinerary (4 hours)

The following itinerary covers all the major attractions of the city. But, we guarantee that our tour is more spicy with occational de-tours on off-the beaten paths & unconventional showing you even the miserable aspects of our capital.

  • 1

    Caotic Pettah Markets/Street Bazars

    The chaotic Pettah markets definitely worth a visit to see the ordinary disorderliness. Pettah market is an amazing experience for bargain shoppers. It's noisy, sticky, smelly, hot and crowded with it's narrow streets and shops and stalls of merchandise.

  • 2

    Old Duth Hospital

    This 1600 Dutch built hospital is considered to be the oldest building in Colombo fort area. It's been used for several different purposes like fort's police station until 1990. Today this restored old building houses some of the Colombo's best caffè's and restaurants.

  • 3

    Fort & Pettah Hindu Kovils

    The Colombo Fort was once indeed a fort during the European era, today the central commercial district and administrative hub for government departments and cooperate offices. The fort area is a mixture of buildings from many eras of the cities past. The most notable of residences of the fort is the President's House, official residence of the President of Sri Lanka.

  • 4

    St. Lucia's Cathedral / Museum

    This 1887 built enormous cathedral is the Sri Lanka's biggest church (Open 5:30am - 12:00pm and 2:00pm to 7:00pm). The cathedral's outer looks are inspired by St. Peter's in Rome.

  • 5

    Gangaramaya & Seemamalakaya meditation centre

    Gangaramaya Temple is the center for the most extravagant Vesak festivals in Colombo and Navam Perahara in February each year. Seema Malakaya Meditaion Center - Designed by the renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa and run by Gangaramaya Temple this small but eye catching meditation center is famous for it's bronze Thai Buddha statues.

  • 6

    Mini Shopping Tour

    A mini shopping tour with in the main Tour, conducted only on request as the city gaining it's reputation of an important shopping hub of the South East Asia.

In this tour we will be visiting culturally sensible places of worship, such as Churches, Buddhist temples Hindu Kovils and Mosques. We invite you to adhere to the traditions and ethics as a sign of respect. Your guide will assist you in these.

We can arrange this tour from 3 different pickup locations,

  • From Airport to Airport
  • From Negombo
  • From Galle
  • and obviously from Colombo
Usually the tour ends returning to the original departure point. However customisations can be accommodate with prior agreement and might not result in additional charges. For example if the tour starts from Negombo and ends leaving you at the airpor

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You are required to communicate any amendments such as late pickups, change of hotel etc timely so that we can make necessary adjustments.

If you have a layover, make sure you communicate your arrival and departure flight number, carrier and time accurately. Please be advised that we may cancel your booking if time does not permit to properly conduct the tour. You will be refunded in full in such event

With this tour we offer only oneway airport transfer. Either we collect you from the airport for the tour or drop off you for the departure flight after the tour free of charge. If you need 2-way airport transfers (both pickup and drop off) We charge extra US$ 10 per passenger

If you are on a cruise ship we will come to the port and get you right off the ship. You must communicate your cruise name, docking and boarding time, berthing pier and name in full of all the passengers and a working mobile number at least 2 working days (local) beforehand to prepare the necessary documentation required by local authorities to grant the port entrance permission. We charge US$ 10 per passenger to cover the expenses of the service.

You are required to communicate room number of the hotel. If you are staying in an Airbnb or a homestay unit please provide us clear indications. Additionally, you are required to provide your host's telephone number to ask for directions in case we are having difficulties finding the place

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