Location: Sri Lanka
Duration: 3 Hours
Day Excursion
COLOMBO CITY TOUR - 3 hours (9am to 12 Noon or 2pm to 5pm)

Description

You will be picked up in the morning from your hotel in Colombo at 09.00 hours. Enjoy a city tour of Colombo which is considered as the commercial and business center of Sri Lanka, where you will visit the city centre; take a cool walk along the Galle Face green with a view of the Old Houses of Parliament surrounded by tall buildings, banks and 5 star hotels which add glamour to the commercial hub of Colombo.

About This Tour

Enjoy a city tour of Colombo which is considered as the commercial and business center of Sri Lanka

Location

Detailed Day Wise Itinerary

  • Day 1 COLOMBO

    You will be picked up in the morning from your hotel in Colombo at  09.00 hours.

    Enjoy a city tour of Colombo which is considered as the commercial and business center of Sri Lanka, where you will visit the city centre; take a cool walk along the Galle Face green with a view of the Old Houses of Parliament surrounded by tall buildings, banks and 5 star hotels which add glamour to the commercial hub of Colombo.

     

    The city tour will cover the following;

     

    What was once a swamp adjoining the famous Beira Lake, a landmark in the capital city, is today a vibrant complex comprising the Gangaramaya temple, the ‘seema malaka’ – an assembly hall for monks – in the picturesque Beira Lake and a vocational training institute. The temple has been in existence for over 120 years having being established by one of the most famous scholar monks, Venerable Hikkaduwe Sri Sumanagala Nayaka Thera, founder of the Vidyodaya Pirivena, originally an institute of oriental learning for monks, now a State University – Sri Jayewardenepura University.

     

    Is a museum that covers the history of the Dutch colonial rule in Lanka. The old Dutch House on Prince Street, Pettah (Colombo 11) which houses this museum was built in the latter part of the 17th century and was initially the residence of Count August Carl Van Ranzow along with five other houses of the elite. Today, the sides of the street are chock-a-block with boutiques and stores of Moor traders. The restoration of this building commenced in 1977 and was completed in 1981. This museum was opened to the public in 1982. This building embodies the unique architectural features of a colonial Dutch town house.

     

    This park was formally known as the Victoria Park and is the largest, oldest and most colourful park situated in the heart of Colombo (Cinnamon Gardens), just opposite the colonial style Town Hall building. The park was built during the British rule of Sri Lanka as Victoria Park and remained as Vihara Maha Devi Park, in honour of a famous historical Sinhalese queen, mother of the hero of the nation, King Dutugamunu.This is the largest & most attractive greenery in Colombo and best visited from March to May before the monsoon when most of the flowers are in full bloom.

    It has well landscaped gardens with a variety of trees, flowers, lotus ponds, fountains, golden image of Buddha, large Statue of Queen Viharamadevi, and Queen Victoria. On the south-eastern side of the park is a special section for children with a small train, a zoo of baby animals, mini aquarium and an amusement park. You will also get to see the elephants from the temple near Beira Lake where they are often kept to graze in the park.

     

    This Memorial Hall is a national monument in Sri Lanka built for commemoration of the independence of Sri Lanka from the British rule with the establishment of Dominion of Ceylon on February 4, 1948.

    The structure is made of concrete, and bear columns similar to what is found in ancient Sri Lankan architecture and it was designed to resemble a Kandyan audience hall. The rows of stone lions that guard this great monument are a unique feature of this Commemoration Hall. This is also an impressive piece of art that clearly signifies the ancient architecture and the elaborated stone carvings and painting found at the memorial hall are simply breath-taking.Other than a momentum it is commonly used as a place to conduct annual national day celebrations and other significant national celebrations and cultural activities that mark national unity. Currently Independence Square and its surroundings is considered to be one of the most prestigious locations in Colombo are to be converted into an exclusive for cultural activities, recreation and academic and research excellence.

     

    The Pettah floating market is a series of pavilions which are constructed on the far end of the Beira Lake, which was reconstructed. The lake stands between Pettah bus station and the railway station.  Before this, Colombo has never had such a happening hangout space at such affordable prices.  It perhaps includes a total of about 90 stalls of clothes, electronics, jewellery, shoes, short-eats, fruits and vegetables.Entering the premise does not cost you any money.  Though the main entrance is on the west side, you can enter the market also through the east end.  At the main gate, you can see a wood-carved flanking marked as ‘The Floating Market’, and a pier that is used to cross over from the road to the market.

    What actually makes Pettah’s floating market such an engaging place is not its variety of food or shops, but its ambiance. The roofs and tents are clean red; its stalls made of concrete and warm wood, the benches around are lovely, and scattered around at regular intervals alongside trees and patches of grass.

     

    Sri Kailawasanathar Swami Devasthanam Kovil.  This is the oldest Hindu temple in Colombo, located in Captain´ s Gardens.  It is dedicated to Shiva and Ganesh – Hindu deities.

     

    The Wolvendaal Church is the oldest Protestant Church in use in Sri Lanka. The name of the church derived from the place name Wolvendaal.  Christianity was introduced into The Netherlands between 700 and 750 AD. Later at the time of the renaissance in Europe, the teachings of the French theologian, Jean Calvin (1509-1564) greatly influenced Christianity in The Netherlands. When the Dutch took over the administration of Colombo and suburbs, the surroundings of the church came to be known as Wolvendaal (Valley of Wolves) John Penry Lewis in his work List of Inscriptions on Tombstones and Monuments in Ceylon (1913) explains, ‘….. a marsh or a swamp frequented by jackals.

    The hill on which the church stands must have taken its name from the surrounding ground.  Several variations of the name Wolvendaal had been used in the British times including Wolfendhal and Wolfendhall. The Wolvendaal Church is situated on a higher elevation with a panoramic view, overlooking the Colombo harbour and the fort.

     

    The World Trade Centre, Colombo is one of the largest commercial hubs in the heart of the busy, bustling city.  It is conveniently located equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities, superb dining and convenient shopping is the highlight of this majestic building.

    The former 17th century Colombo Dutch Hospital has now been transformed into Colombo’s finest shopping and entertainment precinct. The Courtyard houses the very best brands in fashion, jewellery, personal care, handicrafts, restaurants and cafes.

    The courtyard is foreseen to be popular among tourists, as well as the Sri Lankan public. Regular entertainment and hawker style food festivals, street musicians, street theatre performances, cultural shows and art exhibitions are a few of the attractions at this venue.

    The Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct for the most exclusive shopping experiences, where you can shop, wine and dine, or just simply stroll along, marvelling at the Colonial Architecture of possibly one of the city’s oldest heritage sites.

    After the 3 hour city tour you will be dropped at your hotel in Colombo.

    Please contact us for the cost of this Day Excursion.  Thank you.

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