Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo tours, things to do and tickets

The full list of tours and attractions in Colombo. Favorite family holidays, group and individual tours to Colombo with a detailed description, real reviews and pictures.

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Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Trip from Colombo

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Duration: 10 hours - 14 hours
Visit the historic rock fortress of Sigiriya and explore the large cave temple complex of Dambulla on a full-day trip from Colombo with private driver. See ancient rock art and Buddha images.
Private

Udawalawa National Park: Private Safari

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Duration: 3 hours
Enjoy a safari into pristine nature as you enter Udawalawa National Park to discover a huge variety of wildlife. Explore an untouched wilderness as you look for herds of elephants and other animals with your experienced guide.
Private

Best Day Trip to Kandy: Nature & Culture

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Duration: 10 hours
Escape the hustle and bustle of Colombo and get ready for a picturesque 4-hr drive to Kandy together with your private local guide! This relaxing day trip takes you to the cultural heart of Sri Lanka known as the “hill capital” and last city of the island’s ancient kings. Inhale country breezes, and admire colorful Kandyan architecture, while hearing all about the city’s vibrant cultural life! There’s no better way to start the day than with a delicious paratha with curry! Sri Lankans love to start the day with a full belly! Do as the locals do and your host can show you a local favorite restaurant for a delicious breakfast. Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic awaits inside the Temple of the Tooth. Regarded as a symbolic representation of the living Buddha, did you know that worshipping at the temple is believed to improve your karma? Your local guide can tell you all about its history, so feel free to ask any questions! The Kandy market and bus station are local hot spots that can’t be missed! Experience what a small city vibe is like and take in the lively atmosphere of the local market. See where locals buy their favorite ingredients and watch colorful busses come and go. Stroll through the main street where friendly locals chat over breakfast. Make your way towards the lake that’s surrounded by lush nature, picturesque houses and hills. Wander through the forest, that’s so tropical it feels like a jungle! Here you can marvel at super tall trees and exotic vegetation that can only be found here. Time for a break and a typical local lunch before heading to a quiet temple where locals love to pray. Your local host can tell you all about Buddhism and its rituals. Always wanted to find out how tea is produced? A visit to a local tea factory will answer all your questions! See how locals work in the factory and admire the breathtaking view of the tea plantation. Top off your tour with a visit to an elephant orphanage that’s home to 93 elephants! Watch the elephants enjoy themselves while bathing in the river and see how they are well looked after. The local hosts on your private tour are all eager to share their insights with you. Ask as many questions as you want. Take a look at the videos and choose the local you like the most. Want to adjust your private experience to your preferences? No problem – let your host know what you would like to see or do and he/she will make it happen!
Private

Colombo to Kandy in 1 Amazing Day with a Local

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Duration: 10 hours
A trip to Sri Lanka should include a visit to Kandy but if you don't have much time to spare, I have the perfect solution for you! I will take you on a day trip from Colombo to Kandy, where you will see what this beautiful city has to offer. I will be your private driver and personal guide! And it's not only about what you will see in Kandy, this experience is also about the hidden gems along the way. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to go to an Elephant Safari in Pinnawala. Once in Kandy, you will discover the must-sees of the city. Go to the Spice and Herbal garden where I will tell you all about the tons of spices used and known in Sri Lanka. And no visit to Kandy is complete without a visit to the famous Tooth Relic Temple! This temple holds tons of stories and interesting insights about Buddhism, I'll explain everything. Walk around the Kandy Lake created by the Last King and visit the Gem museum, this place showcases everything there is to know about Sri Lanka's Gem Stones. Plus, enjoy tons of local stories provided by me and ask away! I'll answer all of your travel questions. Let me create the perfect day in Kandy for you!
Private

Colombo to Historical Galle City in 1 Day

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Duration: 10 hours
Galle is a city situated on the South Western tip of Sri Lanka. It lies approximately 119 kilometers from Colombo. The Galle fort is a world heritage and the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers, Galle includes the natural harbor, the National Maritime Museum and St. Mary's cathedral. We will depart from Colombo, and in Galle, we will visit the Fort, have lunch at Hikaduwa, enjoy a Boat Safari at the Madu River, and engage in some water sports in the Town of Bentota, nearby Galle. We can go to Galle via the Southern Express Way, this will lead us quickly to Galle.
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City Tour with a Licensed Tour Guide

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Duration: 4 hours
We will visit all the highlights of Colombo, such as the Colombo Fort Area, Galle Face Green, Gangaramaya Temple, Street Artists at Viharamaha Devi Park, Hindu Kovil and Mosque, Independence Square, Aukana Buddha Statue at BMICH, New Parliament at Kotte. Like the History of country why not visiting national museum. Do you love shopping? I can also take you to nice shopping streets and malls. Apart from this, we can expand the tour by seeing the daily life of locals, and going through markets and newly built walking ways. Don't hesitate to contact me, I will make sure this tour meets anyone's needs!
Private

The True Essence of Colombo: Highlights & Hidden Gems

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Duration: 3 hours
Ayubowan! Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the heart of Sri Lanka’s capital: Colombo! Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of this vibrant city together with your private host. The very best must-sees, hidden gems, and local snacks await! So, hop on a colorful Tuk Tuk and let your private guide take you from one highlight to another. The Independence Square is a must visit and a great place to kick off your tour. Stroll through the spacious green lawns and marvel at one of the islands’ longest standing colonial buildings. Your host can tell you all about Sri Lanka’s historic past and how the city has changed to the modern city of today. Do as the Sri Lankans do and grab some delicious hoppers and vegetable roti. Locals simply love to start the day with this tasty morning snack, especially when heading to Colombo’s biggest park! Filled with lush vegetation, 100-year-old trees and a replica of the White House, this park is a tranquil gem away from the city buzz. Tuk Tuk your way to the oldest Buddhist temples in Colombo with a beautiful lake. Check out an amazing collection of Buddha statues, take a look at a holy tree and admire a relic of Buddha’s hair. Feel free to ask your host any burning questions! Get immersed in real local life and visit one of the liveliest markets. See where locals buy and sell everything from vegetables to electronics. Wander through the labyrinth streets and follow your nose to a nearby cassava chip vendor. See how this yummy snack is made and make your taste buds dance! Head to the banana market and try as many different bananas as you fancy! Curious what else awaits? How about a visit to a mosque in the shape of a pomegranate, followed by a beautifully minimal Hindu temple? A visit to Sri Lanka’s last King’s jail cell is also a unique gem! While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the stunning view from the lighthouse. What better way to top off your tour than at the relaxing oceanside of Galle Face? Unwind and relax with a cold drink, a delicious prawn cake and a marvelous sunset over the western coast of Sri Lanka! Want to adjust the route a bit? No problem - your host can fully personalize the tour to your preferences! Take a look at the videos and choose the local you like the most and get ready to explore Colombo’s best highlights & hidden gems!

Galle and Bentota Day-Tour From Colombo

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Duration: 13 hours
Discover Sri Lanka’s Madu Ganga River Region on this boat safari tour. Visit a cinnamon garden. See stilt fishermen at work. Learn about local wildlife at a turtle hatchery, and explore the Galle Fort— a UNESCO heritage site.
Private

Street Food Tour of Colombo: the 10 Tastings

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Duration: 3 hours
Foodie alert! You’re about to go local as local can be! Make your taste buds dance with a mouthwatering selection of 10 street food tastings! On this unforgettable food tour, your private guide will show you why Sri Lankan cuisine has been shaped by many cultures. You can hear all about its rich food heritage and taste fabulous dishes with Indian, Indonesian and Dutch roots. Immerse yourself in real local life and visit one of the liveliest market streets. See where locals love to buy their favorite ingredients and wander through the hustle and bustle. Start your day by quenching your thirst with the juice of a majestic King Coconut! This bright orange colored coconut is a naturally refreshing and super healthy drink. Time to meet the hopper – Sri Lanka’s bowl-shaped answer to the pancake. Filled with fragrant Sri Lankan spicy sambals, you’ll understand why the locals love food that explodes with flavor. Fancy a string hopper instead? No problem, this local favorite dish is made from steamed rice noodles and is just as delicious! Get ready to eat with your hands and take a seat next to friendly locals. Ever wondered why tea is so loved in Sri Lanka? Enjoy a nice cup of Yaara while hearing all about the magical pouring process from your host. And how about a taste of some chutney and pickles? The sweet, sour and spicy flavors add additional savory to every Sri Lankan dish! Follow your nose to the nearby cassava chip vendor to see how this yummy snack is made right in front of you. Grab a yummy samosa on the way and top it off with a surprising fruit tasting experience. Head to the Old Town Hall Market to check out the lively trading street where locals export their goods. Filled with trucks and workers with loads on their shoulders, potatoes, onions, and spices everywhere. Ready for a popular lunch meal? Try a delicious lamprais rice dish that’s folded in a banana leaf and baked in a warm oven. The aroma of banana leaves infused into the rice will sharpen your appetite! Doing your tour in the evening? Try a yummy Kottu roti dinner favorite instead. A whole new world of bananas opens up to you at the banana market. Your host can show you all the different kinds, so feel free to taste your favorite ones. As the icing on the cake, top it off with a sweet toffee made of winter melon. If you are up for a food challenge at the end of the tour, you can have a very local surprise! The local hosts on your private tour are true foodies and love to connect you with locals to give you the best insights and stories about food. The tour can be personalized to fit your dietary needs and preferences. Take a look at the videos and choose the local you like the most!
Attractions: Old Town Hall
Private

The True Essence of Colombo:Private Highlights & Hidden Gems

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Duration: 3 hours
Make the most out of your time in the bustling city of Colombo by visiting the coolest spots with the help of a local! Ride a Tuk Tuk to hidden gems that only locals know and get ready for an amazing authentic experience!
Private

Exploring Sri Lanka: Best Multi-day Private Tour

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Duration: 4 days
Go beyond Colombo and get ready for a 4-day private day trip together with your private local host Dulshan. Discover Sri Lankan culture like never before! See the most important sights of the island, enjoy peace and quiet in nature, some hustle and bustle of the city and some beautiful temples. En route to Kandy, you’ll visit a local tea plantation and factory with some of the best teas in the world! See how locals work and admire the breathtaking view while you sip on a cup of tea. Before grabbing a delicious local lunch, Immerse yourself in stunning nature at the largest botanical garden of Sri Lanka. Being one of Asia’s finest kind, it was once reserved exclusively for Kandyan royalty! Marvel at a 40m-high Burma bamboo, a fine collection of orchids, sky-high royal palm trees, and more! Or visit Udawattakele Forest Reserve also known as the garden above the royal palace" or the “forbidden forest.” Walking below the sheltered paths of trees we might be lucky enough to see birds and deer in the thick jungle canopy. Make your way to a viewpoint where you can admire the city of Kandy. Go down to the market where you can explore the local vibes, see colorful buses and stroll by the lake. Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic awaits inside the Temple of the Tooth which is regarded as a symbolic representation of the living Buddha. Your local guide can tell you all about its history before wrapping up your first day! Rise and shine and get ready for day two! The Hindu Temple in Matale is a low-key monastery to peacefully start your day. Admire religious paintings and deities. Continue to the traditional Sri Lankan village of Habarana where your host will take you for a Bullock cart ride around town. Immerse yourself in the local culture and grab a local favorite vegetarian lunch. Head to the Sigiriya Lion Rock that’s referred by locals as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Marvel at The Mirror wall that is painted with inscriptions and poems. Feeling adventurous? Then head to the Pidurangala Rock for a climb. Your reward for your efforts will be the best view of Sigiriya! Day three starts with a drive to Polonnaruwa that was once a commercial and religious center where kings ruled central plains. Check out the remainders of the glorious past, admire the royal palace, archaeological gems, ancient buildings, temples, and statues. Feeling peckish? Your host can point out the best lunch spots. The afternoon is all about watching nature in action! Hop on an exclusive 1.5-hr jeep safari through the Minneriya National Park where you can see elephants and wildlife, many land types, rocks and forests. Top off day four with a visit to the Dambulla Rock Temple. Located on the stunning surrounding plains of Dambulla, it’s home to the world's most praised cave complex of impressive Buddha images and rock paintings of bright colors and shapes. Don’t forget to pay a short visit to the city of Dambulla to check out the economic center. See the hustle and bustle of the wholesale market, friendly locals and large trucks that deal fruits and vegetables all around the country. Treat yourself to a delicious curd made from sweet buffalo milk, before heading back to your accommodation in Colombo. I will be happy to share stories and the history of Sri Lanka while experiencing local culture, food and wildlife. This tour can be shaped around your wishes!"
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Sri Lankan Curry: Online Cooking Class with a Local

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Duration: an hour
Ayubowan, and welcome to an online Sri Lankan kitchen! Your local host is happy to introduce you to one of the most classic dishes in the country, Curry! Learn how to make your own curry paste ground from fresh curry leaves, you’ll feel like a true Sri Lankan local. This recipe is so good it will become part of your cooking routine! Ready to fill your kitchen with the smell of fresh ginger and spices? Bring together your friends and family, no matter where they are in the world, and spend an hour connecting and cooking together, along with a local foodie that will guide you step by step through your virtual culinary journey. This private experience is more than just a cooking class; it’s also an introduction to Sri Lanka, from the food to the culture, history, and traditions. Are you craving Sri Lankan Curry already? Get ready beforehand with the list of ingredients and equipment found in the preparation section. And at the end of your private cooking class, you’ll receive the full recipe so you can keep cooking your new favorite dish anytime, anywhere! If you’re looking for a vegetarian alternative or want to cook a different dish, it’s possible! Ask the host for a personalized offer, and they can make this experience even more exclusive. Curious to try something different? You may also ask about different Sri Lankan recipes!! This private online cooking class is 100% personalized. This experience is 100% online. While you are at home, your host will connect with you from their city via a link that will be provided to you. For this experience, your host will be hosting from their home using their camera. All you have to do is get your computer ready, have a proper internet connection, and enjoy your tour in a comfy setting.

Full-day Sightseeing Tour of Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Duration: 8 hours
A towering metropolis on the coast of the Indian Ocean, Colombo has many sides to discover. From the lively exchanges seen at the bazaars of Pettah to the sunkissed beaches of Mt. Lavinia, you will be enchanted by this dynamic and ancient trading city.

Transfers From Bandaranayake Airport

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Duration: a few seconds
Choose this tour option to arrange a pickup from Bandaranayake International Airport to your chosen location without any hassle

Withlocals Virtual Curry Cooking Class Live from Colombo

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Duration: an hour
You may not be able to travel right now, but who says you can’t have meaningful cultural experiences and connect to locals from all over the globe?

Cheer up, we came up with an idea!

Indulge yourself with the flavourful curry culture with a local host. Learn step-by-step how to cook a typical vegetarian and chicken curry rice, from making your own curry powder to getting the hang of eating with your hands.

Considered the national dish of the country, Sri Lankan rice and curry consist of steamed rice served with a variety of side dishes commonly called curries.

Bring your foodie friends and delight yourselves with the flavours of Sri Lanka.
Private

Galle Day Trip: an Exotic Escape!

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Duration: 10 hours
Want to unwind from the busy city life of Colombo together with a private local guide? Then this is the tour for you! Simply take a relaxing day trip to charming Galle, known for its tranquility, stunning colonial buildings, secluded beach and scenic nature! Haven’t had breakfast yet? No worries, Sri Lankans love to start their day with their bellies filled. Your host can show you the best place to grab a quick bite before heading on a river safari! On this 1.5 hr boat ride, you can put your mind at ease as you sail through shady, lush mangroves and islands. It’s a wonderful way to see nature, the occasional iguana sleeping on a tree, and monkeys eat fruit. There’s even a fish spa! Marvel at a very beautiful and quiet temple where a monk can give you a blessing. Hop on your boat and pass a hut in the middle of the river where locals love to quench their thirst with Sri Lanka’s national fruit: a refreshing king coconut. Back on land, it’s time to head to jungle beach! This small and less touristy beach is the ideal place to chill out, enjoy the sun, have a cold drink and relax in tranquil nature. Feeling peckish after all that relaxing? Your host can show you a local favorite place to grab a bite for lunch. Here you can enjoy the seaside, feel the wind in your hair and watch surfers catch waves. The Galle city bus and railway station are hotspots that can’t be missed. It’s the place to watch local life buzz by. Breathe in the nostalgic air as you see friendly conductors manually changing the information on the boards. Admire the colorful buses as you wander past the hustle and bustle of the local market. Head to the Galle Fort and Old Dutch City, as the icing on the cake. With its beautiful colonial architecture, trendy shops, a lighthouse and the sea on three sides, this is the most romantic spot to top off your tour with a beautiful sunset! The local hosts on your private tour are all eager to share their insights with you. Ask as many questions as you want. Take a look at the videos and choose the local you like the most. Want to adjust your private experience to your preferences? No problem, just let your host know!

Colombo Bay Tuk Tuk City Tour

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Duration: 4 hours
Explore a historic city, Colombo on a 4-hour city tour with an experienced guide and a luxurious tuk-tuk.  A driver-guide rides by colonial heritage places, and stops for visiting many significant landmarks of the Colombo for example Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist temple, Independence memorial hall, the ocean-side urban park of Galle Face Green, and Pettah market. Then experience Sri Lankan teas and indulge in traditional dishes.

Colombo: Half-Day City Tour

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Duration: 3 hours
Colombo like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. The journey of your tour will be Highlights of Colombo. Explore Colombo City.

Market Tour and Hands-On Cooking Class Colombo

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Duration: 5 hours
Rustic Cooking Class is the most reviewed, the first-ever Hands-On Cooking Class in Sri Lanka comprises a Local Market tour so you can have a complete Sri Lankan cultural and gastronomic experience. You will spend a lovely time and take back the knowledge to spice up your kitchen.

Colombo City Tour by Tuk Tuk Morning & Evening ( Private )

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Duration: 4 hours
We offer several city tours of Colombo daily. Traveling via a tuk tuk by experienced and expert tour guides/drivers gives you the opportunity to sit back, soak in the culture of this exciting bustling city. Our company offers some of the cheapest rates! We want our customers to get the best experience for a reasonable cost. Book today and make beautiful memories you will never forget.

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