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Colombo: All-Inclusive Private City Tour

1. Colombo: All-Inclusive Private City Tour

Your 4-hour journey will begin as your chauffeur-guide collects you from your hotel in a private air-conditioned vehicle. From here you will start your tour with a visit to National Museum, the oldest and largest museum in the country, highly regarded for its antiques collection. Following the museum, you will visit the colorful and chaotic Petah Market, one of the largest in Colombo. Here you can find almost everything, from tropical fruit to freshly-caught seafood to jewelry. Following some shopping, you will explore the Gangarama Temple, positioned both on land and on a lake, including its small but impressive museum. You can then soak up the views of the Indian Ocean at the Galle Face Green, as well as the views of the abundance of beautiful parkland in this cosmopolitan city. Upon completion of your tour, you will be returned back to your hotel.

From Colombo: Sri Lanka Cultural Triangle 2-Day Tour

2. From Colombo: Sri Lanka Cultural Triangle 2-Day Tour

Begin the tour by meeting your tour leader in Colombo and set off for the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. After exploring the history museum of Polonnaruwa, discover the ruins of the ancient city. Later, check in to a 3-star hotel in Sigiriya for your overnight stay.  The next morning, enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Set off for the Dambulla golden cave temple which was the site where a king of Anuradhapura took refuge from the South Induan invasion in the 1st-century BC. Learn about how when the king recaptured the region 13 years later, he converted the caves into a monastery and gifted it to the Buddhist monks. After this, head over to the ancient Sigiriya Rock, where a 5th-century prince who had committed patricide made it his hideout. Also make a stop at the Pidurangala ancient cave temple. At the end of the tour you will be returned to Colombo and dropped off at the start point.

Sri Lanka: Kandy Private Day Tour with Pickup

3. Sri Lanka: Kandy Private Day Tour with Pickup

Explore the spiritual city of Kandy on a guided private tour. See Buddhist sights, visit a tea plantation, stroll through the market square and check out a wood carving workshop and gem lapidary. Get picked up from your hotel in Colombo, Mount Lavinia, or Negombo, and start your journey to Kandy. Visit a spice garden in Mawanella and a tea factory in Giragama along the way. Spend an hour exploring the tea plantation and factory on your stop in Giragama. Learn about the various processes that go into producing this popular beverage. Drive another 30 minutes and you'll arrive in the city of Kandy. Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, the market square, Upper Lake Road, a gem lapidary, and a wood carving workshop before having lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, admire the Hill Capital, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese kings during colonial times. Tour this important historic site before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

Colombo: 3-Day Cultural Triangle 5 UNESCO Heritage Site Tour

4. Colombo: 3-Day Cultural Triangle 5 UNESCO Heritage Site Tour

Embark on an exciting 3-day tour of Sri Lanka's holiest area, the Cultural Triangle. See 5 UNESCO-listed sites including Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, and Kandy. Stay overnight at a hotel in Sigiriya between private-guided sightseeing ventures. Get picked up in Colombo and head to your hotel in Sigiriya via Anuradhapura, the oldest city in Sri Lanka. Imposing Buddhist temples, dagobas, palaces, gardens, and other remarkable structures in the city testify to the grandeur of ancient civilization. Settle in for a good night's sleep at your hotel in Sigiriya. After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Sigiriya rock fortress, home to the oldest landscaped gardens in the world, and then to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Witness massive stone-cut Buddha statues, dagobas, an audience hall, and much more at the cultural museum of Polonnaruwa. Opt to enhance your experience with a wildlife safari at Minneriya National Park. Spot wild elephants, bears, wild boar, deer, buffalo, monkeys, and maybe even a leopard. Stay overnight in Sigiriya. Depart early for Colombo via Kandy, visiting a spice garden en-route. In Matale, spices and herbs are used for Sri Lankan cuisine and medicine. Hear about this history as you explore the site. The Dambulla Golden Temple and Tooth Relic Temple are sure to add another level of sacrosanctity to your experience. Dambulla hosts more than 150 Buddha statues and a large number of ancient murals. The next stop will be Kandy city. Today Kandy is one of Sri Lanka's most important cities because of the presence of the temple of the sacred tooth of the Buddha. This is the most visited Buddhist temple on the island, frequented by thousands of devotees every day. Return to your hotel in Colombo.

Bentota: Colombo Fishmarket and City Tour

5. Bentota: Colombo Fishmarket and City Tour

After getting picked up from your hotel in Kalutara or Bentota, head to Pettah, the oldest part of Colombo. Marvel at the thousands of stalls selling items from medicine to electronic equipment before beginning your driving tour of the city. Visit sites such as Beira Lake, Viharamahdevi Park, and Independence Square, where you can see one of the oldest examples of Sri Lankan architecture. The first stop of your visit is the Pettah fish market, which is the biggest fish market on the island featuring a concentration of hundreds of fish sellers. Enjoy a walking tour of the fish market. Afterward, head to the fort area and discover a mix of contemporary architecture and old-world charm with high-rise modern buildings built alongside medieval structures. Towards the end of the drive, visit the Colombo Historical Museum where you can see a large number of valuable exhibits. After your drive around the city, begin your walking tour. As you walk along the narrow and charming streets of the city center, learn more about Colombo's historical eras and their impact on the architectural ensemble of the city. Stroll past sights such as the Old Parliament, Gangrama Temple, and the Town Hall. Shop 'til you drop in the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct or head for lunch at one of the area's famed restaurants. Discover examples of British architecture and learn more about Colombo's history and its remarkable growth as you visit the BMICH, the Wolvendaal Church, and Colombo's most beautiful Hindu temple. Get dropped off back at your hotel in the evening.

From Negombo: Private Sightseeing Tour of Colombo City

6. From Negombo: Private Sightseeing Tour of Colombo City

View elegant colonial buildings rising in tandem with shiny new business in the sprawling metropolis of Colombo. Greet your guide at your accommodation in the morning at 8:30 AM or in the afternoon at 1:00 PM.  Learn more about the history of this city at sights like the prison cell of the last Sri Lankan King, or by visiting York Street with its charming remnants of old British colonial architecture. Wander through the over 100,000 exhibits in the National Museum.  Visit one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Colombo at Gangaramaya Temple. Spend some time by the water as you se see the Galle Face promenade, the Colombo light house, and the scenic Beira Lake. Venture through both the old and the new by seeing Colombo Town Hall, the war memorial, BMICH, Dewatagaha Mosque, and many more landmarks that comprise the interesting tapestry of the city. 

From Kalutara: Colombo City Tour

7. From Kalutara: Colombo City Tour

Journey into the heart of Sri Lanka on this private tour and explore spectacular sights all over Colombo. From the elegant colonial buildings to the sprawling metropolis of the city, Colombo has a multitude of sights and sounds for you to experience. Visit historical landmarks and learn about the captivating history behind one of the richest cultures in Asia starting with the Colombo Lighthouse, the prison cell of the last Sri Lankan King, and the lighthouse with a clock tower designed by Lady Ward. Next, learn about the Galle Face Promenade which houses cannons from World War II, York Street with its remnants of British Colonial architecture, and the scenic Beira Lake in the heart of the city. See the war memorial, public library, national museum, Nelum Pokuna Theatre, Gangarama Temple, Dewatagaha Mosque, Vihara Mahadevi Park, Colombo Town Hall, and many more historical and important landmarks that create an interesting tapestry of life within Colombo.

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What people are saying about Western Province, Sri Lanka

This is honestly on of the best city tours I have experienced. Due to COVID we were the only ones in the bus which made it a much more enjoyable experience as we really got to set the pace of the tour. Kurama was an excellent tour guide having in depth knowledge of the countries history and that of the locales we visited. The museum, independence square and the temple are just a few of the several places we got to visit. All in all a perfect outing except for the torrential downpour at the very end, but that is to be expected in Sri Lanka. Highly recommend this tour and be sure to ask for Kurama.

The guide was very good but I do not think this was good value for the money. Once in Colombo, I realised I could have booked this much more cheaply and received the same standard of guide.

Lalli (German speaking guide) and Jayasuriya (driver) did a super job. We got to see many places and were able to experience Sri Lankan culture. It was fun, thanks for that.

It was excellent arrangement for my vocation. And my expectation was met.