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

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Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour

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Overview
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.
Itinerary
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  • Pass by Old Parliament Building
    Pass by Beira Lake
  • 1
    Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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  • 2
    Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Pettah
    Stop: 45 minutes -
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  • 4
    Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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    Pass by Pettah Floating Market
  • 5
    New Kathiresan Kovil
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission included
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  • 6
    St Lucia's Cathedral
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
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  • 7
    Premadasa & Co. Main Store & Gem Museum
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • 8
    Old Kathiresan Temple
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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Highlights
  • Experience the best of Colombo as you wish on a private half-day tour
  • 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.
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Important Information
Duration
4–5 hours
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 $ 10 USD per tour payable directly to the guide
  • Airport pickup fee 10 USD. Pickup & drop off after tour 20 USD
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Please advise TOUR START TIME you prefer would like to secure at the time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Paul W wrote a review Mar 2020
Dublin, Ireland29 contributions23 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Nora M wrote a review Feb 2020
Shanghai Region, China79 contributions22 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Pathum R, Manager at Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour
Responded 3 Feb 2020
Our sincere gratitude for leaving us this positive feedback and we are pleased to hear you enjoyed the tour and found it useful.
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Bernie P wrote a review Feb 2020
Biddulph, United Kingdom5 contributions2 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Pathum R, Manager at Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour
Responded 3 Feb 2020
We are delighted hearing that you found our tour to be insightful and leaving us this positive feedback.
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vlw_12 wrote a review Jan 2020
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania2 contributions
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
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Pathum R, Manager at Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour
Responded 24 Jan 2020
We are sincerely thankful to you for leaving us a positive feedback.
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Mahesh V wrote a review Jan 2020
Wellington, New Zealand25 contributions16 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Pathum R, Manager at Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour
Responded 20 Jan 2020
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.
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About the operator

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By: Sri Lanka by Car
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
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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
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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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Fearless09469990351
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Awesome tour
Great intro tour for first timers! Great communication, excellent service, we had fabulous day exploring Colombo! T
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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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Laura D
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Phenomenal!
Really great tour! Really enjoyed it. Lots of great sites and history, culture. Amazing pictures. Guide was very k
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Cpena969
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Great experience
Fantastic time. Knowledgeable tour guide. Tailored the time for our experience and interests. Let us know about oth
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robinbM9380CZ
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Great day trip from kandy to sigiriya
Had a great trip to include dambulla caves and a spice garden. We have had 4 different drivers out of kandy for var
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401lynleym
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Dambulla and Sigiriya
A long day due to the distance and traffic but well worth it to view these fascinating sites. Excellent Driver and
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jpeyco
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Excellent tour, superb customized program for us
This was our second time booking with Sri Lanka by Car and Mr. Kumar and this time even exceeded what we hoped to s
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CKF
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A perfect arrangement!
We were in need of a one-way transport from Kandy to Sigiriya, with stops at the Dambulla Caves and Sigiriya Rock.
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Fjempa
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Transfer from Wadduwa to Sigiryia and from Kandy to Hikkaduwa
Very nice driver that spoke good enough english and and reasonable prices. Easy to get in contact with.
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KITTY002
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Top class tour with the best English spoken Guide in Negombo.
We did and 2 day tour leaving from Negombo. We where given and wonderful guided tour including friendly warm servic
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686anandi
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Excellent trip to Sigiriya and Dambulla from Colombo
I visited Sigiriya and Dambulla from Colombo...Mr Harsha had accompanied us and gave us wonderful insights on Sigir
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João Carlos F
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Great tour in Sri Lanka
We had a great time with Shimaz and the "Sri Lanka by Car" tour. It was a wonderful experience and I would recommen
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Key Details
  • Duration: 4–5 hours
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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