City Walk in Colombo
Spend an afternoon exploring the capital city searching out historic colonial gems.
To start the tour, you will be picked up at your hotel by your local guide, Mark and head off to the busy city of Pettah. Here you will search out colonial architectural gems such as the Dutch Museum. This 17th century building was originally the residence of a Dutch Governor and it is very easy to imagine him sitting upon the veranda looking down to the port below whilst having a cup of tea or gin and tonic.
You will then continue along the country’s largest wholesale bazaar which transports you to St. Peters Church, an Anglican church established in 1821. After a short break for iced lemonade in a local cafe, you will head up to York Street from the Grand Oriental Hotel, an institution that in its heyday would rival the Ritz. Onwards comes the preeminent colonial emporium, Cargills.
As you wind your way through the streets you will eventually come to the lighthouse, designed by the same man as Big Ben, and the Galle Face Green, which on a weekend is bustling and heaving with local people enjoying the seaside and street food served here. It is great to end with a sundowner at the Galle Face Hotel, the perfect place to sit back, relax and reminisce on your experience.