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Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour provided by Sri Lanka by Car

Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour

Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour
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Tour snapshot
Experience the best of Colombo as you wish on a private half-day tour
Duration:
4–5 hours
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Infant seats available
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    4–5 hours
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Infant seats available
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Explore Colombo the way you want without needing to research your itinerary or arrange transportation on this private half-day tour. Meet your private vehicle at your hotel, Colombo port, or airport. Decide your sightseeing plan with your guide’s assistance and discover Sri Lanka’s capital. View the Old Parliament, St. Lucia's Catherdal and more. Learn about the city’s history and daily life and choose to stop for shopping and food when you wish.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • See the Parliament, churches, temples, and hear their history via a guide
  • Customize your itinerary to suit your preferences and interests
  • Suits first-time visitors, with hotel, port, and airport transfers included
What to expect
  • Meet your guide at your Colombo hotel, cruise port, or airport, and settle into your private, climate-controlled vehicle. Then, let your guide know what you want to see before heading into the bustling streets. As your tour is private, your itinerary can be tailored around you. Pass markets and monuments as you hear about Colombo’s ancient and colonial past, and gain insight into its cultural and religious mix. See the Old Parliament, Beira Lake, Vihara Temple, Pettah markets and more. Opt to visit the National Museum to chart Sri Lanka’s history and explore the Gangarama Seema Malakaya temple on Beira Lake. Plus, if you wish, shop for souvenirs at malls and handicraft emporiums, and enjoy an optional food break (own expense) to sample local cuisine. Your tour finishes back at your hotel, the port, or airport.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • See the Parliament, churches, temples, and hear their history via a guide
  • Customize your itinerary to suit your preferences and interests
  • Suits first-time visitors, with hotel, port, and airport transfers included
What to expect
  • Meet your guide at your Colombo hotel, cruise port, or airport, and settle into your private, climate-controlled vehicle. Then, let your guide know what you want to see before heading into the bustling streets. As your tour is private, your itinerary can be tailored around you. Pass markets and monuments as you hear about Colombo’s ancient and colonial past, and gain insight into its cultural and religious mix. See the Old Parliament, Beira Lake, Vihara Temple, Pettah markets and more. Opt to visit the National Museum to chart Sri Lanka’s history and explore the Gangarama Seema Malakaya temple on Beira Lake. Plus, if you wish, shop for souvenirs at malls and handicraft emporiums, and enjoy an optional food break (own expense) to sample local cuisine. Your tour finishes back at your hotel, the port, or airport.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 17652P21
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Parking Fees
  • All Entrance Fees
  • Entry/Admission - Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
  • Entry/Admission - New Kathiresan Kovil
  • Entry/Admission - St Lucia's Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - Old Kathiresan Temple
Exclusions
  • Tips, gratuities and expenses of personal nature
  • Foods and drinks
  • Port entrance fee $ 20 USD per tour payable directly to the guide
  • Airport pickup fee 15 USD. Pickup & drop off after tour 25 USD
Duration
4–5 hours
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • All guest houses, homestay units and AirBnB.
  • Ports:
  • Colombo
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise TOUR START TIME you prefer would like to secure at the time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Parking Fees
  • All Entrance Fees
  • Entry/Admission - Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
  • Entry/Admission - New Kathiresan Kovil
  • Entry/Admission - St Lucia's Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - Old Kathiresan Temple
Exclusions
  • Tips, gratuities and expenses of personal nature
  • Foods and drinks
  • Port entrance fee $ 20 USD per tour payable directly to the guide
  • Airport pickup fee 15 USD. Pickup & drop off after tour 25 USD
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • All guest houses, homestay units and AirBnB.
  • Ports:
  • Colombo
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4–5 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise TOUR START TIME you prefer would like to secure at the time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Old Parliament Building
    Beira Lake
  • 1
    Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Pettah
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Pettah Floating Market
  • 5
    New Kathiresan Kovil
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 6
    St Lucia's Cathedral
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 7
    Premadasa & Co. Main Store & Gem Museum
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 8
    Old Kathiresan Temple
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
31 reviews
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Radu Petrescu
33 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Couples
Following yesterday's very nice experience in Dambulla and Sigiriya, today we had the half-day tour in Colombo. I would strongly advice this tour for the people who want to see the real life in Sri Lanka. The city is developing, you can walk, you can see nice temples, have the flavor of the life as it is.

Our guide was Shamal - very nice person, he knows many things about the city and the buildings. Always polite and ready to give us informations about everything.

So, in two days, we had really great Sri Lanka real life experience with two very professional persons!
Written 7 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Davion C
2 contributions
Sep. 2021 • Friends
Great experience even given COVID. Shimaz adopted the tour to the lockdown and ensured we were able to see Colombo and it’s great culture
Written 26 October 2021
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Paul W
Dublin, Ireland29 contributions
Feb. 2020
We took a half-day tour. Our guide / driver, Asif was excellent and his knowledge of Colombo and Sri Lanka was communicated very clearly in excellent English. Well done Asif.
Written 9 March 2020
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Nora M
Shanghai Region, China84 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Friends
Kanishka picked us up from Galle to Colombo where we embarked on a half day city tour. Very informative guide. Super flexible in accommodating our requests. Courteous.
Definitely will recommend them.
Written 3 February 2020
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Pathum R
Our sincere gratitude for leaving us this positive feedback and we are pleased to hear you enjoyed the tour and found it useful.
Written 4 February 2020
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Bernie P
Biddulph, UK5 contributions
Jan. 2020
Chandana was waiting for us at the Cruise Port. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. The car was comfortable & cool. Chandana's English was excellent. He was very knowledgeable, friendly & mindful of our safety. The itinerary was varied & fascinating. We visited an amazing Buddhist Temple & by chance saw a Traditional Wedding which included dancers, procession & blessings.We'd highly recommend this tour & our Driver Chandana. Thank You for a great Day. Bernadette & Christine Potts-Byrne
Written 2 February 2020
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Pathum R
We are delighted hearing that you found our tour to be insightful and leaving us this positive feedback.
Written 4 February 2020
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vlw_12
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania2 contributions
Jan. 2020
Our driver, Winodan was waiting for us as we exited the cruise ship. He took us to the major points of interest to see in Colombo and gave us the option of doing as much or as little as we wanted to do, e.g. visiting the temples, museums, stopping for refreshment, and/or shopping. Wino as he said to call him spoke excellent English and also was very knowledgeable about the things we saw. The vehicle was well maintained and good working order. Would definitely recommend this tour group to others.
Written 22 January 2020
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Pathum R
We are sincerely thankful to you for leaving us a positive feedback.
Written 25 January 2020
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Mahesh V
Wellington, New Zealand29 contributions
Jan. 2020
Despite some initial hick ups with being picked up from the port (a security incident the night before at the port), we found the tour fantastic. Our guide was attentive and flexible and showed us all the sights of the city. Given it was a private tour we asked for a shopping mall to be included in the stops and our guide/driver were happy to accommodate.

We recommend the tour
Written 20 January 2020
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Pathum R
Thank you very much for understanding the situation there that day and leaving this fantastic review for us. After all, we all have to obey the law and rules.
Written 20 January 2020
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sharmasonam
1 contribution
Dec. 2019 • Family
Kanishka, Our Guide for the day was very knowledgeable and helpful, ready to accomodate the guests requirements at all times considering their comforts. He took us through the city explaining everything around us. Would fully recommend him.
Written 7 January 2020
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Pathum R
Thank you very much for reviewing us.
Written 8 January 2020
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Ivan G
9 contributions
Dec. 2019 • Family
Excellent tour and experience, good for tourists who don’t have much time. A lot to see for half day
Written 27 December 2019
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Danny M
London, UK10 contributions
This was a great way to spend some time before heading to Kandy. We were picked up by Kumar at the airport in the morning and dropped off at the train station in time for our train. Our guide Kumar was really good company and full of information. We both learned so much about Buddhism from him as he was a practicing Buddhist.
We would highly recommend the tour as an introduction to Sri Lanka.
Dan & Oxana
Written 22 December 2019
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Excellent day-trip with a great guide
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So worth it
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Amazing discovery tour with our outstanding guide
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Real Sri Lanka
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Individual 6 days tour over the country with a guide from Sri Lanka by car
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Must do when visiting Sri Lanka
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jonp1884
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Long day but we’ll worth it !!!
Picked up at 7am by our guide Tharaka. Set off on our days adventure. We were based in Negombo so long distance to
Kevin P
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Knowledgeable and flexible guide
I spent two days with Diyuth and he did a fantastic job. He was very flexible, we ended making some changes to the
Z1327RLdaves
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Refund not coming for a pre-booked tour.
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r4m
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Does the job
We had a car which took us on a tailored pre agreed itinerary over several days. The cars were modern and in good c
travelingal51
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We had a ball with Winodan Dias in Galle
We were nearing the end of a 45 day trip when we arrived in Galle on our ship. He was early to meet us, ready to g
Traveler51022
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A long and tiring trip
it was a fantastic,but a very tiring excursion also.We left the hotel at 07:00 in the morning and returned at 10:00
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Awesome tour
Great intro tour for first timers! Great communication, excellent service, we had fabulous day exploring Colombo! T
Torontofrequentflyer
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Colombo worth visiting but ...
This tour was disappointing. Our driver was punctual. The guide who joined us was ok, a bit difficult to understand
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