City Lights

3 Nights

Colombo

Sri Lanka, known as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean” has a lot to offer-strewn with cultural jewels and natural treasures. Its impressive landscapes host lush tropical forests, expansive dazzling lakes and magnificent mountain ranges. All this is scattered with captivating temples and ancient monuments, yet it remains largely untrodden by the typical tourist.

Colombo - the trade and commercial capital has long been the traditional gateway to the Orient.  Sri Lanka’s largest city, it is located on the west coast and draws together all the cultures, religions and influences of foreign lands into a pot-pourri of sounds, smells and a kaleidoscope of colour. The original traders and settlers - the Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch and the British have left in their wake churches and monuments, names and religions, costumes and food and smatterings of their languages which have been absorbed into the speech of the Sri Lankan.

Today, Colombo is a fascinating city - a happy blend of east & west, past & present, with a charm of its own. A less known but amazingly true fact is that Colombo has a superb range of high-quality restaurants serving food from all over the world and some of the best shopping opportunities in Asia. The main seaport of Sri Lanka is in Colombo & adjoining it, is Pettah, a local bazaar & trading area. 

Other places of interest are the beautiful Buddhist temples, Hindu temples, mosques, the historic Wolfendhal church, (1749) residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo Museum, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, the New Parliament in Sri Jayewardenepura, the Folk Art Centre, Art Galleries, Parks, Independence Square, the Zoo, the Ceramic Corporation famous for its well-known brand “Noritake” and ODEL the renowned shopping centre.

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Highlights

- City Tour of Colombo by Tuk-Tuk
- Bar Tour of Colombo's historic Fort district
- Dinner at "The Culture Colombo"
- Visit the Old Town Hall Museum, the colourful Sri Kailasanthar Swami Devasthanam Temple, the Colombo Fort Clock Tower, Galle Face Lighthouse
- Experience some excellent street food

  • Day 1 - Arrival into Colombo
  • Day 2 - City Tour of Colombo
  • Day 3 - The Culture Colombo
  • Day 4 - Departure
  • Additional Information

Welcome to Sri Lanka! The land like no other!

In keeping with Sri Lankan tradition, we will like to extend to you our heartiest “Ayubowan!” (Traditional Sri Lankan greeting wishing long life to the other)

On arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport you will be met by a representative and be transferred to your hotel in Colombo which will take approximately 1.5 hours.
 
Check into your hotel and the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight in Colombo

Meals Included: Breakfast

Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo

As you enter their home by the lake, the chaos from the busy, urban life slowly tunes out as the rhythmic ripples of the Beira lake move in, calming your heart and mind. And when you spot a few herons gliding on the lake, you smile and turn around, just to check if you're still in the city. Then your eyes fall upon the city's largest pool, a garden area inviting you for a walk and restaurants waiting to treat your taste buds, before making your way to the comforts of your luxurious room.

This morning, you will enjoy a city tour of Colombo in a Tuk-Tuk - No seat belts, no steep charges, no regrets!

Hop on the eccentric three-wheeled taxis and get the rawest experience of the life, history, beauty and heritage of chaotic Colombo. Sit back as this mini-sized taxi maneuver through tangled Colombo streets to its biggest attractions, friendliest shops and the best kept secrets guided by an English speaking, friendly driver.

Some locations visited in the Tuk-Tuk ride:
- The creepy antiquity of the Old Town Hall Museum
- Post-gothic beauty of Wolvendaal Church
- Colourful Hindu faith of the Sri Kailasanthar Swami Devasthanam Temple
- The jail cell of the last king of Sri Lanka
- The queer Coin Museum of Sri Lanka
- Colombo Fort Clock Tower that tells the time, sometimes
- The Galle Face Lighthouse, home of the best Colombo selfies

In the evening, engage with a Bar Tour in Colombo's historic Fort district.

The Colombo Bar Tour is a walking tour of some old colonial-era bars in Colombo's historic Fort district, covering 4 carefully selected bars and ends with some excellent street food. It is a fun way to see the city and have a great time! Bring comfortable shoes and trousers for Men. (one bar you visit requires this)

Overnight in Colombo

Meals Included: Breakfast

Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo

As you enter their home by the lake, the chaos from the busy, urban life slowly tunes out as the rhythmic ripples of the Beira lake move in, calming your heart and mind. And when you spot a few herons gliding on the lake, you smile and turn around, just to check if you're still in the city. Then your eyes fall upon the city's largest pool, a garden area inviting you for a walk and restaurants waiting to treat your taste buds, before making your way to the comforts of your luxurious room.

The morning is at your leisure.

In the evening, you will head out to "The Culture Colombo" for an a-la-carte dinner.

Culture Colombo brings you the home like feeling with every dish they serve you. The taste of Authentic Sri Lankan dishes begins here. They are born with the intent to bring in Tradition, Rituals & Modern Taste to the Local Cuisine. Designed to be the Culinary epicenter, they take care to uphold the traditions of the Local Household while bringing out the flavors of Sri Lanka.

Overnight in Colombo

Meals Included: Breakfast

Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo

As you enter their home by the lake, the chaos from the busy, urban life slowly tunes out as the rhythmic ripples of the Beira lake move in, calming your heart and mind. And when you spot a few herons gliding on the lake, you smile and turn around, just to check if you're still in the city. Then your eyes fall upon the city's largest pool, a garden area inviting you for a walk and restaurants waiting to treat your taste buds, before making your way to the comforts of your luxurious room.

Today you will proceed to the airport for your departure.

Meals Included: Room only

Please note:
- Vehicle will not be available during your beach stay
- Accommodation will be subject to availability at time of booking and subject to fluctuations in price should the government revise taxes or when the hotel management revise rates due to currency fluctuations
- Transfer times mentioned are without stops and are subject to change with the change in weather conditions/traffic flow/road conditions
- Optional excursions can be booked directly and paid for locally
- The consumption of alcohol at bars, clubs, other public areas and similar forms of entertainment establishments is prohibited by law in Sri Lanka during "Poya Days". As such, liquor will not be served in public areas of the hotels during this time. It is recommended that clients contact the Reception to obtain their respective formalities during their holiday.
- Should the mentioned hotels not be available at the time of booking, suitable alternatives will be suggested prior to confirmation
- In the event an international cricket team tours Sri Lanka, a peak period supplement will be applicale at the following locations - Habarana, Kandy and Colombo. This will be advised as and when respective hotels update us with the same
- Please note that check-in time at all hotels will be at 1400hrs and check out is at 1200hrs

Package includes:
- Accommodation in a Superior Room on a Breakfast basis
- Exclusive services of an English-Speaking Chauffeur Guide from pick up at the airport to drop off at the airport
- Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Excursions included: City tour of Colombo in a Tuk-Tuk, Bar Hopping tour in Colombo, Dinner at Culture Colombo
- All applicable government taxes/levies

Package excludes:
- Any optional excursions that are not mentioned in the above excursions list
- Accommodation and transportation not mentioned in the above itinerary
- Use of vehicle and chauffeur guide while on leisure days
- Tips of a personal nature and other incidental expenses
- Camera charges etc.
- Porterage
- Visa fees