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HERITAGE OF COLOMBO

(Operating time: 8:30am – 12:30pm on Saturday and Sunday) Sightseeing within the city limits of Colombo and the Administrative Capital including 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, 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 St. Anthony’s church, Khan clock tower, the famous Red Mosque and a Hindu Kovil constructed entirely out of granite. Travel along Reclamation Road, along harbor passing Gold Market & turn in to see the ‘old Colombo’ area. The Old Colombo Town Hall, the market, the Belfry and the busy and narrow streets of the Fort area can be seen on the tour, around on same route to Slave Island passing Lake House complex & Air Force Headquarters. View the famous Hindu Kovil with a uniquely carved gopuram, the scenic Beira Lake in the heart of the city. Gangarama Seemamalakaya / Temple, a beautiful part of the Buddhist temple situated across the road. The ‘Seema Malakaya’ or Chapter House was designed by the famous Sri Lankan Architect Geoffrey Bawa who also designed the new Parliament Complex of Sri Lanka. 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 Horton Place, the elite residential area in Colombo towards Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte, a 14th century Royal Kingdom, which was declared the Administrative Capital by the then President, J. R. Jayewardene in 1982. View the picturesque Diyawanna Lake and its surroundings. Travel along the Parliament Drive lined by the National Tree of Sri Lanka, the Ceylon Ironwood (Mesua ferrea). View the beautiful Parliament Complex built on a small island in the middle of the Diyawanna Lake designed by the renowned Sri Lankan Architect Geoffrey Bawa.Enjoy a delightful boat ride on the Diyawanna Lake (Colombo at Night tour only) with views of interesting fauna and flora and exclusive views of the Parliament Complex. (Approximately 15 – 20 mts.) Return to Colombo and travel along Bauddhaloka Mawatha, view the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) and the replica of the Aukana Buddha Statue, a magnificent 12-meter standing statue of the Buddha carved out of granite rock that dates back to the 5th century in the village Aukana, in North Central Sri Lanka. Travel along Maitland Place passing Cricket Board. Travel along Independence Avenue. Stop at the Independence Memorial and visit the Arcade Independence Square, originally an asylum, now converted in to a beautiful shopping precinct and a public gathering space in the city. Travel past the Race Course, a harness racing course in Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo, which was used as a temporary airfield during the Second World War.