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GLIMPSE OF COLOMBO

(Operating time: 3:30pm – 6:30pm from Monday to Friday)

The open deck city sightseeing service in Colombo offers unmatched experiences and exclusive glimpses into Sri Lanka's premier city that covers Galle Face promenade which is a five hectare ocean-side urban park, stretching half a kilometre along the coast, with cannons of World War II, view the South Expansion of the Colombo Harbor, travel along Chaithya Road to view the Colombo Lighthouse and visit the Maritime Museum of the Port of Colombo (Heritage of Colombo tour only) and have a breathtaking view of the Colombo Port and the Port City development, opened in 1952 by the first Prime Minister of Ceylon Rt. Hon. D. S. Senanayake. Pass Kingsbury hotel, the former Ceylon Continental, the first five star hotel in the island. View the Old light house & clock Tower, the Victorian landmark designed by Lady Ward built two years prior to the Big Ben of Westminster, London and the Prison Cell of the last Sri Lankan King. Pass Old Dutch Hospital which is considered to be the oldest building in the Colombo Fort area dating back to the Dutch colonial era and travel along York Street which displays the remnants of British Colonial Architecture, overlooking the harbor area. Pass the Khan clock tower, return passing the Cargills & Millers and the Caves Buildings. Pass Lake House complex & Air Force Headquarters. View the famous Hindu Kovil with a uniquely carved gopuram, pass the Slave Island area. Arrive to view the scenic Beira Lake in the heart of the city. Stop at the Gangarama Seemamalakaya, Chapter House, a beautiful part of the Buddhist temple situated across the road in the middle of the Beira Lake. The ‘Seema Malakaya’ or the Chapter House was designed by the famous Sri Lankan Architect Geoffrey Bawa who also designed the new Parliament Complex of Sri Lanka. (Optional).

Pass the War Memorial, Public Library, National Museum, Nelum Pokuna Theatre, Vihara Mahadevi Park have a stop and photo opportunity at the Colombo Town Hall. Travel along Independence Avenue. Stop at the Independence Memorial (Approximately 15 – 20 mts.) also visit the Arcade Independence Square (Optional), originally an asylum, now converted to a beautiful shopping precinct and a public gathering space in the city.

Travel along Bauddhaloka Mawatha to view the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) and the replica of the Aukana Buddha Statue. Return to travel along Maitland Place passing Cricket Board. Pass Race Course, a harness racing course in Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo, which was used as a temporary airfield during the Second World War. Stop at Laksala, the State-owned Handicrafts Emporium for shopping for souvenirs and other traditional art and crafts from Sri Lanka. (Approximately 20 mts.)

Drop at selected Venue. End of Tour.