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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Colombo Private Tour provided by Withlocals

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Colombo Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Colombo Private Tour
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Recommended by 93% of travellers
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • 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
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • 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.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 24380P399
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Private tour
  • Exotic bananas tasting
  • Prawn cake tasting
  • Hoppers tasting
  • Entrance tickets
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Extra Food and Drinks
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Independence Square, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka Independence Square in front of the plaquette
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Private tour
  • Exotic bananas tasting
  • Prawn cake tasting
  • Hoppers tasting
  • Entrance tickets
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Extra Food and Drinks
Departure details
  • Independence Square, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka Independence Square in front of the plaquette
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Baladaksha Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka Enjoy a prawn cake tasting and stroll down the seaside at Galle Face Green, locals' favourite hangout spot. Time to say goodbye to your local host!
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Independence Square
    Independence Square, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka
    Independence Square in front of the plaquette
    See address & details
  • 1
    Independence Square
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Viharamahadevi Park
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Colombo Municipal Council
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Pettah Floating Market
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 7
    Sri Ponnambalam Vanesar Kovil
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 8
    Colombo Lighthouse
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 9
    Galle Face Green
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Baladaksha Mawatha
    Baladaksha Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Enjoy a prawn cake tasting and stroll down the seaside at Galle Face Green, locals' favourite hangout spot. Time to say goodbye to your local host!
    See address & details
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5.0
33 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
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IntrepidGal
New York City, NY28 contributions
The day after my wife and I arrived in Colombo, we were led on a
four-hour walking tour by Chinthaka, a very personable and
knowledgeable guide. Having grown up in Colombo, he knows the city
quite well and his English language skills are terrific as he went to
university in England. He added significant color to the outlined
itinerary (temples, historical sights and the market) as well as
excellent insights and advice on both Colombo and parts of our ongoing
5 week Sri Lankan visit. For anyone interested in an overview of
Colombo as well as insights into Sri Lankan life in general, I would
enthusiastically recommend Chinthaka as your Super Guide.
Written 27 March 2020
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JSBroker
Flein, Germany66 contributions
Priyantha was a perfect guide for us. He picked us up an drove us with
his car all around Colombo with many, many interessting information
about the City and Buddishm. He is friendly and very polite. But the
best was at the end. We asked him not to bring us back to the staring
point, but drop us off at a restaurant. We did not asked him, but he
was waiting in front of the restaurant for us to pick us up again and
brougth us back to the final destination. That is 1a+ - thanks.
Written 17 February 2020
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Suffolk_Travels
United Kingdom185 contributions
We spent several hours in the superb company of Priyantha who showed us around the lovely city of Colombo.

I think many tourists miss this city and head straight for the island sites but it really is worth the time to spend the day here.

We were made to feel welcome wherever we went and the Sri Lankan people we met were so friendly and helpful. It felt an extremely safe and friendly place to be.

We saw so many places on our tour and we had so many questions that were quickly answered. If we had been touring on our own we would have missed so many fascinating places. Being with Priyantha really made our day special.

Thank you,
Written 3 January 2020
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Carolynne B
Civitavecchia5 contributions
We arranged to meet Chinthaka at the port gate and it was great. A
good mix of culture information, walking, tuk tuk ride and visiting
the market. We tasted different types of bananas, vegetable crisps
cooked in the street and had tea with the locals. Great host would
recommend unreservedly
Written 20 March 2020
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prasanna
2 contributions
Exciting day with Prasanna. Nice guy with history knowledge and we
recommend to use his services. Prasanna picked us with his Toyota from the Cruise ship on time, 4-5 hours tour of Colombo.
Written 14 January 2020
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william H
Riverside, CT3 contributions
Friends
My wife and I travel frequently and have had tours all over the world.
Krishani was our all time favorite. She was full of energy, passionate
about Colombo, knowledgeable, flexible and fun. She also gives hiking
tours and we want to come back with our whole family and spend more
time with her. I can't recommend her highly enough! Bill
Written 17 April 2018
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davebuch
Edinburgh, UK15 contributions
Very interesting to see and hear the history of Sri Lanka and get to view parts of Colombo we wouldn't have found otherwise

We really enjoyed our morning with Khasim
Written 2 January 2020
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Sue N
2 contributions
Solo
It never happened. I am waiting for a response from you guys. No one turn up. I waited in heat and the rain for 1.5 hours. Apparently the host cancelled the tour the day before but no one told me. They just sent confirmed meeting place have a great time. If it can’t be rescheduled for Friday 29th in the morning, I want a full refund. Pronto! Thank you
Let’s see if any one contacts me. Grumpy 😡
Written 24 November 2019
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AucklandShelly
Auckland660 contributions

We only had one night in Colombo so booked our tour through Withlocals to give us a good
introduction and that's exactly what we got. The weather was
absolutely atrocious, torrential rain making it impossible to get out
of the car but yet we managed to see the main sights and learn so much in
the process. If we hadn't booked the tour I have no idea what we would
have done, the weather prohibited everything. Thanks Muditha for your
help, it was a great way to start out trip, your friendliness and helpfulness was much appreciated.
Written 8 November 2019
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508Kay
Melbourne, Australia51 contributions
My partner and I only had one day in Colombo and decided a tour would be the best way to see all the essentials. So glad we decided to go with The True Essence of Colombo!

Our tour guide was Muditha.

Pros:
- Muditha was awesome! So knowledgable about Colombo and Sri Lankan history and culture.
- Answered all of our questions
- Muditha gave us lots of tips to help us through our travels in Sri Lanka and even messaged us afterwards with places we should visit while we are here.

Cons:
- We have nothing to fault. It was a great few hours.

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed this tour and I definitely recommend them.
Written 17 August 2019
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Tour guide didn't show and refused refund
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An amazing foodie experience
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Great tour
We had a great time with Buddhima who brought us to lots of places we never would have found ourselves. We had alre
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A Sri Lankan adventure
I met Shiva at 10am having exchanged a few WhatsApp messages the day before. The tour was great - so many tastings
ashelton2020
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Amazing guide
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Rob W
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Buddhima knows Kandy and great food.
Buddhima was our guide and did a fantastic job, she altered stops for veggie and non-veggie options and was knowled
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Buddhima - she is the one and only Foodie
Buddhima is a true foodie with a big heart. We enjoyed every single second with this highly attentive and knowledge
Neil D
Neil D
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Great tour of Kandy with bubbly Buddhima.
Buddhima provided my wife and I with a very good overview of Kandy. Our tour of the "Temple of the Tooth" (Sri Dala
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Memorable day
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Private Day Trip to Galle: an Exotic Escape!
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What an amazing time!
We had an amazing time with Asanka for our day trip to Galle! Asanka is very knowledgable and is full of suggestion
sveink631
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Really good guide
We met our guide outside of Kingsbury Hotel. We were delayed, he at time. We like! We drove in a comfortable car th
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Sri Lankan cookery course via zoom
Dulshan was the perfect host! My family and I all joined Dulshan to prepare and cook a Sri Lankan curry. Dulshan wa
lesanne0631
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An authentic and delicious experience!
Dulshan is so friendly and welcoming! We learned how to make an incredibly delicious curry and enjoyed every secon
rj19562016
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Wonderful family cooking class with Dulshan
My family did a group cooking class together as a Christmas present to my mom. Dulshan made our evening so fun, enj
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