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Colombo’s Culture


The former capital city of Colombo carries the legacy of each empire that ruled the city. Its rich heritage and a glorious past can be witnessed through its art, handicrafts, architecture, sculptures, and the food, making it the perfect getaway for a heritage lover. Unravel Colombo and its cultural heritage as you ride through the meandering streets of the city in the tuk-tuk and discover magnificent temples, explore colonial-era monuments and indulge in some diverse yet lip-smacking local cuisine.

Why you will love it

  • Experience and understand Colombo’s cultural heritage and colonial past
  • Explore historic treasures and local markets filled with colourful silks, local handlooms and spices
  • Indulging in local cuisines and discover the city’s multi-ethnic legacy
  • A chance to experience the colonial legacy and interacting with a multi-ethnic population

What you will experience

Colombo houses some of the very beautiful historic treasures and Sri Lankan cultural landmarks. Witness them all on this breath-taking tour. Start by visiting the floating Gangarama Buddhist temple on Beira Lake, Seema Malaka, which is an eclectic mix of Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, and Chinese architecture.

Take the exhilarating tuk-tuk ride to Sri Ponnambalam Vanesar Kovil, an intricately carved granite Hindu temple, which boasts of mesmerizing architectural patterns engraved in grey granite. Walk to the St. Anthony's Shrine, a national Catholic monument, to hear the story of Anthony of Padua.

Explore one of the oldest districts and most ethnically mixed placed in the country, Pettah. Here you get to delve in colourful sights, sounds and aromas and feel the pulse of the city. Shop for some handmade silk and traditional handloom here.

This is not all. Explore many more cultural gems like the old town hall, which has an eye-catching neo-gothic building and Kayman’s Gate, the Dutch bell tower and the Jami Ul-Afar Mosque whose exterior resembles a pomegranate.

On Request | 2 hours | History Tours

Colombo,Sri Lanka | +91 956 093 0445

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