Colombo City Tour

Colombo City Tour: Galle Face Green, Hindu Temple, old and new parliaments

 We learn what Sri Lankan Buddhism is, see monumental Buddhist and Hindu temples, magnificent buildings, old and new parliaments, visit independence square, and learn about what this country lives and breathes.


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Contacts us:


  • Galle Face Green
  • Old Parliament
  • Hindu Temple
  • Gangaramaya - the main Buddhist Temple and Museum
  • Independence Memorial Hall

Also on the way we will see next things:

  • Viharamahadevi Park (Victoria Park)
  • Indipendence Square
  • Lotus Theatre, the Dutch hospital.
  • International Conference Hall


Detailed program:

The old colonial city and the English Parliament

Early in the morning we leave for the Old City, we can see the old colonial building of the English Parliament.

The old parliament building - a baroque building was built for the Legislative Council of Ceylon, where the Secretariat of the President of Sri Lanka is now located. 

The Parliament of the island was placed in the building for over 53 years until 1983, when the new complex of buildings for Parliament in Sri jayawardenapura-Kotte was opened.

Galle Face Green

Galle Face Green is the promenade, which stretches for a mile along the beach in the Centre of the financial and business district of Colombo in Sri Lanka.

The promenade was initially laid out in 1859 by Governor Sir Henry George Ward, although the original Galle Face Green extended over a much larger area than is seen today.

It was initially used for horse racing and as a golf course, known as Hippodrome Kolpitti.

The Galle Face Green is currently a 5 hectare ribbon strip of land between Galle Road and the Indian Ocean which is now the largest open space in Colombo.

Hindu Temple

Easily reachable, just behind the Fort Railway Station, you'll find the Sri Kailawasanathan Swami Devasthanam Kovil, or simply the "Hindu Temple".

This is the oldest and largest hindu temple in Colombo and is dedicated to the Gods Shiva and Ganesh. And if we are lucky, next to it we will see the snake charmer.

Gangaramaya - the main Buddhist Temple and Museum

The temple, located in the center of a beautiful lake, surrounded by a variety of birds.

Here we can get acquainted with Theravada, the oldest branch of Buddhism that has survived to this day.

We expect to see the smallest golden Buddha statue (only be seen under a magnifying glass), stupas made of pure gold inlaid with diamonds and rubies, the largest elephant tusks and many other amazing things donated to the temple for many years of its existence. 

Viharamahadevi Park (Victoria Park)

The opening of the natural corner took place after the end of World War II on August 24, 1951.

 The park was named Victoria in honor of the Queen of England.

  Later, in 1958, it was renamed in honor of the Viharamahadevi Park in the honour of the mother of national hero Dutthagamani who liberated Anuradhapura from Tamil and conquerors uniting into a single Sinhalese State numerous principalities of the island. 

Independence Memorial

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

It is located at the Independence Square.This Hall is considered one of the city's main attractions because of their historical and cultural significance.

The independence day celebration is held here, which is accompanied by a unity painting ceremony.

International Conference Hall

The Bandarnaike International Conference Hall, which was built from 1970 to 1973 and was a gift from the People's Republic of China.

It was named in memory of Solomon Bandaranaike, Sri Lanka's Prime Minister from 1956 to 1959.


Excursion features

Private tour
For ready-made groups of 1-8 people

Can start any day
This tour is not tied to specific dates, you can start on any convenient day

Variable program
The program can be changed and customized for you

Possible with children
The tour is recommended for travelers with children

Start from anywhere
We pick up from any hotel

Comfortable car
Transport: air-conditioned car or minivan

Tour Cost:

Half day excursion (4 hours):
Group 1-3 people: 80 usd
Group 4-8 people: 120 usd

Full day excursion (with a visit to Mount Lavinia beach):
Group 1-3 people: 120 usd
Group 4-8 people: 160 usd

What is included:
Private tour
Car with an English-speaking driver
All entrance tickets

Reviews about the organizer




I, as a professional wildlife photographer, traveled to Sri Lanka with some unusual requests. Igor helped not only to plan the route through the national parks and provided a very good driver, but also helped to find professional ornithologists in all the necessary locations.
We traveled to almost all national parks - Udawalawe, Minneriya, Yalu. We went to Sinharaja. There are many elephants and birds everywhere. Yala confirmed its reputation - here we managed to see leopards, however, unfortunately - very far away. I really liked Khabarana - the best place for shooting birds that you can find. We took a half-day ride to Wilpattu - a little-known park among tourists, which Igor recommended to me. The park itself is beautiful, comfortable, good paths, it is clear that they are taking care of it. You can definitely put it on a par with Yala. Unlucky to see leopards, but lucky to see Himalayan bears and giant squirrels. Of the minuses in Wilpattu - the complete absence of normal hotels near the park. I would not advise anyone to stay here overnight.
The rain spoiled the experience a bit. Complicated filming in Sinharaja. It is a pity that because of the rains it was not possible to shoot in the forests in the Kandy region. If you go to Sri Lanka for the sake of animals and national parks, you still need to take into account the season. But anyway, a huge thank you guys for organizing! With all the difficulties, it was thanks to them that we managed to squeeze the maximum out of this trip. Organization at the highest level - the guys will solve any problems, always in touch, find hotels in the right places at any time, organize transport, professional guides and ornithologists will prompt. Definitely 5+




Good afternoon, the tour went great. Very good guide, we will recommend you to all our friends. THANK YOU!