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Colombo City Tour by Tuk Tuk

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Get an intimate look at the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo during this 3.5-hour sightseeing trip by tuk tuk with a small group. Travel like Sri Lankan locals do as you weave through traffic, stopping to check out city landmarks like Colombo Harbour, the Pettah neighborhood, Wolvendaal Church, Independence Square, Gangaramaya Temple, and much more.
  • Explore Colombo's top attractions during a city Tuk Tuk tour
  • Weave through Colombo's notorious maze of alleys, pedestrians and buses aboard your nimble ride
  • Visit Colombo monuments like Wolvendaal Church and Independence Square
  • Shop for street food snacks and souvenirs during a stop in the busy Pettah neighborhood
  • Discover Colombo religious sites like Sri Kaileshwarm Kovil and Gangaramaya Temple
  • Small-group trip is limited to a maximum of 12 guests
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Departure Point

Dutch Hospital - Shopping Precinct, Hospital St, Colombo 00100, Sri Lanka

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

World Trade Center, 1 Bank of Ceylon Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Meet up with your group in the early morning at Colombo’s Water Fountain, Level 01, at the World Trade Center. Before boarding your tuk tuk for the day, take a short walk through the city’s central business district, where you’ll admire a number of colonial buildings.

Continue aboard your motorized ride as you check out city sights like Colombo Harbour, the Fort Clock Tower, Colombo Lighthouse, and the President’s House. Then pass by Chatham Street, a now-trendy area that was off-limits for many years due to Sri Lanka’s civil war. Proceed from there to Pettah, a Colombo neighborhood that’s known for its diverse range of market stalls and the Red Mosque. Stop for 20 to 30 minutes to grab some street snacks or shop for bargains.

As your nimble tuk tuk ducks and weaves in between people, buses and bikes, you’ll zoom onward to visit Wolvendaal Church, a colonial-era Dutch structure that dates back more than 360 years. Take a look at the church’s collection of old tombstones from the city’s historic Dutch governors and then have a talk with the church keeper, who can share insights into city history and culture.

Head next to Sri Kaileshwarm Kovil (Captain’s Garden Hindu Temple), the main worship site for Colombo residents, and then proceed to Independence Square, the location where Sri Lanka proclaimed its independence from British rule in 1948. Make the last stop of the day at Gangaramaya Temple, one of the most important Buddhist temples in Colombo.

Explore the architecture and paintings of this religious site before cross the street to Bera Lake, where you can learn more about the some of the contemporary issues like pollution facing city residents. Finish the trip with a drop-off back at your original starting point at World Trade Center.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Port of Colombo
- Great place to check out the construction of the GREAT PORT CITY COMING UP. This used to be the Lighthouse directing ships entering the port of Colombo. Chatham Street, which keeps adding new restaurants, pubs, and bars to its scene. en route we’ll swing past the President’s House, This section of Colombo is particularly fascinating given that it was closed to the public for more than 30 years due to civil war and security considerations. We’ll stop briefly in front of the former passenger terminal gate in the Colombo harbour also.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque
Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque is in the centre of the port area of old Columbo and it is a very unique building with impressive architecture. It is a distinctive red and white candy-striped two-storey building, with a clock tower, and is reminiscent of the Jamek Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (constructed in 1910).
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pettah Market
This is a street full of market stalls. Meander around, sampling local food and drinks, or shopping in the colourful shops of the market a series of open-air bazaars and markets. it is non-stop dodging people, buses, lorries, bullock carts, bikes, other tuk-tuks.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Christian Reformed International Church
Is one of the most important Dutch Colonial-era buildings in Sri Lanka, and is one of the oldest Protestant churches still in use in the country which is 360 years old is the oldest Dutch reformed church in Sri Lanka. The church may not be in the best shape, but it’s one of the most significant reminders of the various colonial occupations throughout Sri Lanka’s history
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sri Kaileswaram Temple ශ්‍රී කෛලේශ්වරම් කෝවිල ஸ்ரீ கைலேஷ்வரர் கோவில்
Though the kovil is called the oldest in Colombo, a lot of the structures are new. The coat of paint certainly is, and they're building more off to the side. The main kovil that is a square around an inner sanctum.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Independence Square
This is where Sri Lanka claimed independence from the British in 1948. The monument and park here are of great significance to Sri Lankans. currently, it is a great place to relax in Colombo. As It's a part monument, part park, part walking ground.
Duration: 35 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
One of the main Buddhist temples in Colombo, the cool, calming Gangaramaya is known for its architecture, paintings, and collection of artefacts from various historical eras. Additionally, it is well known for its contribution to Buddhist education.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A maximum of 12 people per booking
  • As the tour visits temples, please do not wear shorts or sleeveless tops. Given the climate in Colombo, light, breathable clothes and fabrics are recommended.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures - Sri Lanka

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Colombo City Tour by Tuk Tuk?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Colombo City Tour by Tuk Tuk.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Colombo City Tour by Tuk Tuk?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Colombo City Tour by Tuk Tuk.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Colombo City Tour by Tuk Tuk?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Colombo City Tour by Tuk Tuk.

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Fantastic tour
dia2128
, Jul 2018
What a great day! So informative and a lot of fun. We went to several different places and enjoyed it all. Do this tour!
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Our tour consisted of 8 people, a...
Ellinida
, Mar 2018
Our tour consisted of 8 people, a guide, and four Tuk Tuks. One for every two people. The Tuk Tuk driver took us around the city and pointed out many famous places but there was so much to see, so many smells, so many sensations. It was a great way to see the city and to experience through a transportation means that the locals use. We also had a guide who spoke to us before the Tuk Tuk tour and at each stop.
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We had a great guide and tuk tuk...
David R T
, Aug 2017
We had a great guide and tuk tuk driver they outlineda tour plan before we departed and were flexible with late changes and provided assistance,eg purchased rail tickets and other general advice Iwould recommend this first up on arrival then explore
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Enjoyable. Taxi let us off on the...
Lynn G
, Feb 2017
Enjoyable. Taxi let us off on the wrong side of the Mall so we had to find where the fountain was and it was covered for a Christmas display, so not obvious! Once the guide found the group of us waiting, there was some delay as the tuk tuks assembled. The tuk-tuks, the guide and the drivers were good. Because there were three tuk tuks that day, the guide hopped from one to the other at the various stops. We would have like all the commentary on what we were passing in town between stops, but that wasn't to be. The stops were informative and overall a good introduction to Columbo and its history. Full marks to the guide for trying to get us right back to the ship but security would not allow them past the port gate.
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