Colombo City Tour by Tuk Tuk with Maran

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Colombo, LK
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Experience the vibrant and bustling city of Colombo with our Full Day Colombo City Tour by Car. Sit back and relax in a tuk tuk as our experienced tour guides/drivers take you on an unforgettable journey through the city. Explore the famous Pettah Market, stroll along Galle Face Green, and visit the Sri Ponnambalam Vanesar Kovil and Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque. Indulge in delicious Sri Lankan food and delight your taste buds with our traditional dishes and refreshing drinks. Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Colombo as you visit landmarks such as the Old Town Hall, Kayman's Gate, and the Wolvendaal Church. End your day with a cruise down Diyawanna Lake and a visit to the charming Ape Gama village. Book your tour today and create beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Suitable for 1-2 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Stroll along the iconic Galle Face Green and embrace its history
  • Indulge in the flavorful and traditional Sri Lankan cuisine
  • Explore the impressive Wolvendaal Church, a Dutch Colonial era building
  • Cruise down the scenic Diyawanna Lake and enjoy the natural waterways of Colombo.
  • Bottled water
  • Gangaramaya Buddhist temple chargers only exclusion ( Per person 400.00 rupee )

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Welcome to the Local Colombo City Tour by Tuk Tuk! This unique and exciting tour offers a fantastic opportunity to explore the vibrant city of Colombo in a traditional tuk tuk and car. With our experienced and expert tour guides/drivers, you can sit back, relax, and soak in the rich culture and bustling atmosphere of this incredible city.

What to expect?

During this city tour, you can expect to experience the best of Colombo. From historic landmarks to hidden gems, our knowledgeable guides will take you on a journey through the city's fascinating past and vibrant present. You'll have the chance to visit iconic attractions such as the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, where you can immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance and admire the stunning architecture.

Who is this for?

This tour is suitable for anyone who wants to explore Colombo in a unique and authentic way. Whether you're a solo traveler, a couple, or a group of friends, this tour offers something for everyone. Our inclusive approach ensures that all audiences, regardless of their preferences or needs, can enjoy the beauty and charm of this incredible city.

Why book this?

By booking the Local Colombo City Tour by Tuk Tuk, you'll have the opportunity to discover Colombo like a true local. Our experienced guides will share their insider knowledge and take you off the beaten path to explore hidden gems that are not usually found in guidebooks. You'll also enjoy the convenience of traveling in a comfortable and traditional tuk tuk, allowing you to navigate through the city's bustling streets with ease.

Good to know

As part of this tour, we provide bottled water and a snack to keep you refreshed during your exploration. Please note that the entrance fee to the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple is not included in the package and costs 400.00 rupees per person. The itinerary is flexible, allowing you to customize your experience based on your interests and preferences.


Customers who have embarked on the Local Colombo City Tour by Tuk Tuk have raved about their experiences. They praise the knowledgeable guides who provided fascinating insights into the city's history and culture. The comfortable and authentic tuk tuk ride was a highlight for many, allowing them to immerse themselves in the local atmosphere. Overall, customers have expressed their satisfaction and gratitude for the unforgettable memories created during this tour.

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  • You can book at any time before the event

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  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary


Pettah is a neighborhood in Colombo, Sri Lanka located east of the City centre Fort. The Pettah neighborhood is famous for the Pettah Market, a series of open air bazaars and markets. It is one of Sri Lanka's busiest commercial areas, where a huge number of wholesale and retail shops, buildings, commercial institutions and other organizations are located. The main market segment is designed like a gigantic crossword puzzle, where one may traverse through the entire markets from dawn till dusk, but not completely cover every part of it. Pettah is derived from Tamil: Pettai, an Anglo-Indian word used to indicate a suburb outside a fort. Today, the Sinhala phrase, pita-kotuwa (outside the fort) conveniently describes the same place.

Galle Face Green

(Pass by)

Galle face green has always played a special part in the lives of Colombo-dwellers, although it is the British who are credited with making it a place of social interaction, as it remains today. In colonial times, the British embraced Galle face green as a leisure ground especially in the evening when elite ladies were said to promenade the length of the green. Active pursuits of cricket, football, polo and the famed horse races also took place on Galle face green. Horse-racing become popular in the 1840s and the Ceylon turf club was founded here sometime between the and 1860, although official records were not kept until 1866. The formal structure of the walk along the seaside was built during the period of governor ward in 1859.

Ceylon Tea Gate

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Admission Included

Sri Ponnambalam Vanesar Kovil

Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil, a sacred Hindu temple built with granite in an amazing architectural style is located in the heart of Colombo.

Admission Included

Old Town Hall

Along with the Town Hall Building, the Edinburgh Hall was built alongside it and was opened at the same time. The Edinburgh Market market too was designed as an extension to the main building and the same architectural features with its open plan and identical cast iron details could be seen. This hall was used for stage plays and dramas. After a long period of disuse, the building was renovated in 1980 and and then president Ranasinhe Premadasa and in 1984, the adjoining building was converted to a museum of the town hall. The renovated Edinburgh Hall now converted to an market place and rented out to street hawkers by the Municipal Council.

Admission Included

Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque

Hidden in the busy Pettah Market on the narrow 2nd cross street lies a colorful mosque generally called Rathu Paliya in Sinhalese or Red Mosque ( or Red Masjid) in Engish and Samman Kottu Palli (“Mosque for Muslims of Indian origin”). The mosque was built in 1909 by the Pettah Muslim community to fulfill the religious needs of the Muslims. The designer and builder was H L Saibo Lebbe and the two-storeyed mosque, incorporating a clock tower, was commenced in 1908 and completed the following year. Lebbe was influenced by the Indo-Saracenic architectural style, which was devised by British architects in the late 19th Century India. Essentially it’s a hybrid style that draws elements from native Indo-Islamic and Indian architecture, and combines it with the Gothic revival and Neo-Classical styles favoured in Victorian Britain (witness the Houses of Parliament).

Kayman's Gate - Dutch Bell Tower, කයිමන් දොරකඩ

Kayman’s Gate called “Kaiman Dorakada” in Sinhalese, was an entrance to the former Colombo Fort located at the foot of the Wolvendaal Hill in the Pettah district of Colombo, Sri Lanka. A historic free-standing bell tower still stands at the site, now at the intersection of Main and 4th Cross Streets. The second Colombo Fort was constructed by the Portuguese in 1554 as a fortification of their trading post at Colombo, and captured by the Dutch in 1656. Under the Portuguese, the fort’s principal entrance at the eastern rampart was Poorta Reinha (“Queen’s Gate”), a large tunnel guarded by drawbridge and moat. “Kayman’s Gate” comes from the Dutch word Kaaiman, crocodile.

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Colombo Fort

The business district of Colombo, with Government buildings, banks and other commercial ventures, 5 star hotels and department stores, is still called ‘Fort‘, because that is what it once was. The Fort of Colombo, which like Jaffna and Galle was really a fortified town, was demolished around 1870 in the interest of urban development, soon followed by most of the buildings within it. Today nothing is left but its shape in aerial photographs, the regular grid pattern of the streets, some parts of the walls, the hospital, the lonely Delft Gate that is now a useless passageway hidden among modern high-rise, hardly recognizable parts of the Governor’s House, and some odds and ends, like an ugly and lost little warehouse in the harbour. Of course today the historical remains are more appreciated, as monuments to history and sites of tourist interest, so most of the buildings that do remain have recently been renovated.

Admission Included

Christian Reformed Church of Sri Lanka

(Pass by)

Wolvendaal Church (Wolvendaalse Kerk) is located in Pettah, a neighbourhood of Colombo. It is one of the most important Dutch Colonial era buildings in Sri Lanka, and is one of the oldest Protestant churches still in use in the country. In 1736 Governor of Ceylon, Gustaaf Willem van Imhoff, sought approval from the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or VOC) to demolish the existing church (Kasteel Kerk) within the Colombo Fort and construct a new one on the same site. However, the VOC refused this request, and it wasn’t until the arrival of Governor Julius Valentyn Stein van Gollenesse in 1743 that the impasse was overcome. He decided that the new church would be erected in the area beyond the city walls, which at the time was swamp and marshland. The Europeans mistook the packs of roaming jackals for wolves, and the area became known as Wolvendaal (Wolf’s Dale or Wolf’s Valley).

Gangaramaya Temple

The beautiful Gangarama Temple is famous for its imposing buildings, and is complete with a chetiya, bo tree, image house, Simamalaka, relic chamber containing the relics of the Buddha and Arahat Seevali, museum, library, pirivena, and residential, education and alms halls. It is decorated with stone carvings, brass work and many other forms of Buddhist art. It contains row upon row of Buddha statues in the meditating pose, alongside miniature stupas arranged like a staircase. As one enters the temple, one will see a huge mural on the wall depicting the ‘Atalo Dahama’ (the eight vicissitudes of life) – gain and loss, good repute and ill repute, praise and censure, and pain and pleasure – to give the message that one shouldn’t be disturbed by these.

Admission Not Included

Independence Square

Though many of the leaders who fought for our independence might now be no more, with the remnants of colonial times fast dwindling, there are only but a few tangible elements which are left to remind us of that monumental struggle, the sacrifice of many and the final triumph. The Independence monument at Colombo 7 is today the best symbol of that moment in time when the course of Sri Lankan history was changed. Though it is only once a year that the accountable authorities remember to mow the lawns, prune the bushes and clean the columns of this historic edifice, it still remains the most recognisable monument related to our Independence.

Admission Included



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Colombo city is magnificent and its Beauty is quite spectacular! Views were amazing as we traveled by tuk tuk around the city of Colombo. Our driver was Rawal who drove us proffessionaly while the tourguide Ramesh gave us lecture on the historical or cultural sites we visited. We enjoyed Our trip as always! We will Return again for sure!


I would say this is the best way to see Colombo! I booked this tour just hours before, and was picked up at the hostel by a smiling tour guide and a freshly opened coconut. The tour was easily adapted to my liking, with focus on food and drinks. Still, we took a trip around the different districts of Colombo, and I was introduced to the different buildings and the history of Colombo. The driver was well-known around the city and drove safely while at the same time explaining everything we saw. I went home very full of delicious food and with some great experiences. Would absolutely recommend this tour!

Heidi M

Me and my boyfriend went on this amazing til tuk tour today and had the greatest time ever. Kevi, our driver, started the trip with opening two delicious coconuts for us to enjoy on the ride. He did an amazing job in explaining and telling about the different places in the area. We really enjoyed seeing parts of the city where many locals hang out. Also we loved learning about the Hindu and Sri Lankan culture. This tour was just wonderful, great company, great stops and great food and beverages as well. We recommend this tour. Just let all the wonderful sights give you a new perspective of this wonderful county with an amazing culture and friendly people. Kind regards, Heidi and Niels


I wanted to make the most of a layover in Colombo and this looked like a good option: I’m delighted that I decided to sign up as I had a brilliant time with Kavithan who made sure I was really well looked after!! I was arriving late morning and leaving the next day, early, so booked a hotel right beside the airport. Kavithan came to the airport to pick me up and then waited while I showered and relaxed for a while before we headed off. The tour was excellent, taking in beautiful temples, past and present government buildings and landmarks, a brilliant tea shop and, of course, food and juice. Kavithan was knowledgeable, great fun and even knew the best angles for photos!! The food and drink were delicious - I especially loved the hoppers 😍 I would definitely book another tour and look forward to doing so next time I am in Sri Lanka. I can’t recommend this enough 🤩


Great afternoon and evening seeing local sites and trying Sri Lankan food. Our host was very attentive and had great insights into the city and history. Highly recommend.


What a great tour!! My short trip in Colombo made it very worthwhile thanks to Kavithan! Amazing experience to witness the busy streets of colombo, eating their local cuisine and visiting the prestigious places in the city! First class!!


Experienced what felt like the “real” Colombo. Well worth it! The best use of 4 hours here and if you have the chance go take this tour! Ask for Maran. Really good guide and driver.


It was a surprisingly nice evening tour of Colombo! Our guide Maran, who has very good command of the English language, was full of interesting information about Colombo as well as the various important buildings, temples, attractions. He is a very good driver of the tuktuk. No sharp turns or jerky motions in the hectic, crowded and crazy roads shared by cars, bikes, motorcycles, push carts, people as well as cats and dogs. We started the tour with Maran opening up a couple of coconuts with straws for us to drink. It was the cutest beginning to the evening’s adventure! Ice cold bottles of water and beer in a box right behind our seat were well appreciated. The most interesting part of the tour (for us) was the walk through the local vegetable market where you get up close and see what is offered and the prevailing prices. The coffee and tea tastings seemed to promote the little stores and we purchased a few packets to take back as gifts. We weren’t pressure to buy anything which was nice. These shop keepers were very mild mannered and appreciative of our visit. We ate very delicious traditional Sri Lankan foods and ended our tour with our hearts and bellies full. Our suggestions: - do take this tour - it’s the best way to see Colombo without walking about on foot. - do wear loose and comfortable clothes that cover shoulders and legs. Makes entering temples problem free. Added benefit is less bites from mosquitoes that treat these tuktuks as their very own food tasting tour through Colombo. - do wear slip on shoes. Preferably nothing too nice. Your feet will get dirty walking around the temples barefoot and your prized Birkenstocks will be left needing a good cleaning! - do pace yourself eating, otherwise you might get too full to eat the delicious last dish. - do mind your wallets and purses. Better yet, leave valuables locked in your hotel. The crowds can sometimes feel overwhelming. - ask for Maran to be your guide. You will not regret it! Have fun out there!!


Our guide Maran did an excellent job in showing us around Colombo. He is very professional and a great person. Loved it! Thank you Maran!


It was wonderful tour. Amazing experience to visit city all around along with food and drinks. Briefing of city and spots was done nicely. Dinner was superb for Indians looking for vegan option.
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2024-05-20 22:45