What you'll do
We'll start across the harbor & take a heritage walk through Colombo Fort. Discover the story of Colombo and its ancient seafaring trade. Learn about the Fort's colonization & hear the stories of its inhabitants throughout the ages as you walk along age-old streets & witness the heritage and architectural remnants of the past. Next, we'll cross a canal to reach Pettah, a trade district selling goods of every description. Wander through the maze of streets & alleyways, & uncover hidden historical landmarks & cultural gems within the hustle & bustle. Walk through a farmer's market & discover a variety of local fruits & vegetables used in Lankan cuisine. Later, we'll stop by the Galle Face Promenade to marvel at the ocean, indulge in local street food, or just walk & get an insight on the original promenade dating back a century. Next, we head to Slave Island, a place once with a dark history, now thriving with a diverse culture of people, harmonious neighborhoods, religious landmarks & delicious food. Finally, we'll explore the Cinnamon Gardens to unravel Victorian-era monuments, wonder at grandeur architecture, walk through a historic park & browse through inspiring classical and contemporary art.
Ayubōvan! With over 5 years in the tourism industry and a Bachelor's in Hospitality Management - I quit corporate life to start-up my own travel business. Now, I'm on a mission to help people embark on their odyssey to connect with a destination, it's culture, history and people through the power of 'experiential travel'. I'm a self-taught naturalist, experienced travel designer and a wanderlust soul with a goal to craft insightful, meaningful and immersive journeys and excursions through Sri Lanka.
Tuk rides to transfer us from district to district in case u get tired of walking
Old photos The excursion will be punctuated by old photos of the city to show you contrast from from the older days.
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Where you'll be
At Colombo Fort see the Old Dutch Hospital, Lighthouses, Fort Mosque, Grand Oriental Hotel, Old Parliament, a King's prison cell & other heritage sites. We'll explore Pettah to view historic religious landmarks, the Kayman's Gate, Dutch Museum, Old Town Hall & more. At Slave Island, we'll visit a temple and island on a lake. We'll end at Cinnamon Gardens to discover the new Town Hall, Independence Square, Race Course & more.
Things to keep in mind
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Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.
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