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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
4.5
Book in advance
from HK$278.62 per adult (price varies by group size)
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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: 2h 55m
  • 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
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 55m
  • 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
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 17652P21
Call +852 30184991
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 $ 10 USD per tour payable directly to the guide • Airport pickup fee 10 USD. Pickup & drop off after tour 20 USD
Duration
2h 55m
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.
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
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
2h 55m
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
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
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Popular mentions

4.5
29 reviews
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Paul W
Dublin, Ireland29 contributions
Excellent guide/driver. Good value
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, China79 contributions
Service Par Excellence
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Bernie P
Biddulph, UK5 contributions
Private Half Day Tour Colombo Sri Lanka
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.
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vlw_12
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania2 contributions
Perfect Private Tour
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.
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Mahesh V
Wellington, New Zealand27 contributions
Nice way to see the city
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.
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sharmasonam
1 contribution
Wonderful Experience
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.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ivan G
7 contributions
Review Colombo
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
Half day tour of Colombo
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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Safé K
Tunis, Tunisia2 contributions
Magical Half day in Colombo
Dec 2019 • Friends
We were a group of 9. The team picked us up from the port (we were arriving with a cruise ship). We really had a great time discovering Colombo's most rated sightseeing sites. We also had the chance to go by a fruit market, and had a taste of the amazing fruits Sri Lanka offers.
The guys were very helpful, they gave us insights about the culture and were extremely respectful. After a training with me, Kanishka has acquired great photography skills. He's all set for future tourists now :)
I definetly recommend the team and would certainly book other trips with them if I am back in Sri Lanka.
Written 21 December 2019
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david j
Wellington, Shropshire206 contributions
Half day tour of Columbo - Superb
Dec 2019
I booked this trip online whilst I was away. Confirmation was good & the subsequent emails about pick up times etc were also good, & clarified they would pick up up at Columbo Cruise terminal. We were picked up, Kumar was ur guide, very knowledgable & took us to loads of places. The tour took around 5 hours, & we were extremely pleased with it, especially when compared to the excursions offered from the ship. This was such good value & gave a really good insight into Columbo. Kumar was very polite & took good care of us, and dropped us back at the ship side after the tour. I would definately recommend this tour.
Written 20 December 2019
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Z1327RLdaves
Z1327RLdaves
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Refund not coming for a pre-booked tour.
This is more of a response to the Covid-19 event and the lack of being able to contact this company and to receive
r4m
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
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
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
Fearless09469990351
Fearless09469990351
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Awesome tour
Great intro tour for first timers! Great communication, excellent service, we had fabulous day exploring Colombo! T
Torontofrequentflyer
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
Laura D
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
Cpena969
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
robinbM9380CZ
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
401lynleym
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
jpeyco
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
CKF
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.
Fjempa
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.
KITTY002
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
686anandi
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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