The True Essence of Colombo: Highlights & Hidden Gems

The True Essence of Colombo: Highlights & Hidden Gems

Spoken in: English, Sinhala, Hindi

( 30 reviews ) star City tour Colombo 1 - 8 watch_later 3 hours
  • Tuk tuk your way around the city
  • See the best hotspots in one day
  • Stroll through Colombo’s biggest park
  • Enjoy delicious local snacks
  • Discover authentic local day-to-day life
  • Privately guided by your favorite local

You will meet here: Independence Square

What you can expect

Ayubowan! Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the heart of Sri Lanka’s capital: Colombo! Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of this vibrant city together with your private host. The very best must-sees, hidden gems, and local snacks await! So, hop on a colorful Tuk Tuk and let your private guide take you from one highlight to another.

The Independence Square is a must visit and a great place to kick off your tour. Stroll through the spacious green lawns and marvel at one of the islands’ longest standing colonial buildings. Your host can tell you all about Sri Lanka’s historic past and how the city has changed to the modern city of today.

Do as the Sri Lankans do and grab some delicious hoppers and vegetable roti. Locals simply love to start the day with this tasty morning snack, especially when heading to Colombo’s biggest park! Filled with lush vegetation, 100-year-old trees and a replica of the White House, this park is a tranquil gem away from the city buzz.

Tuk Tuk your way to the oldest Buddhist temples in Colombo with a beautiful lake. Check out an amazing collection of Buddha statues, take a look at a holy tree and admire a relic of Buddha’s hair. Feel free to ask your host any burning questions!

Get immersed in real local life and visit one of the liveliest markets. See where locals buy and sell everything from vegetables to electronics. Wander through the labyrinth streets and follow your nose to a nearby cassava chip vendor. See how this yummy snack is made and make your taste buds dance! Head to the banana market and try as many different bananas as you fancy!

Curious what else awaits? How about a visit to a mosque in the shape of a pomegranate, followed by a beautifully minimal Hindu temple? A visit to Sri Lanka’s last King’s jail cell is also a unique gem! While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the stunning view from the lighthouse.

What better way to top off your tour than at the relaxing oceanside of Galle Face? Unwind and relax with a cold drink, a delicious prawn cake and a marvelous sunset over the western coast of Sri Lanka!

Want to adjust the route a bit? No problem - your host can fully personalize the tour to your preferences! Take a look at the videos and choose the local you like the most and get ready to explore Colombo’s best highlights & hidden gems!

This is the plan

Meeting point
Meet your host at the Independence Square
Stop 1
Admire the authentic architecture of the Independence Square Memorial Hall
Stop 2
Taste the famous Sri Lankan Hoppers while relaxing in the most beautiful park of Colombo
Stop 3
Get surprised by a replica of the White House and admire a Golden Buddha statue
Stop 4
Discover the famous Gangarama Lake temple and its Buddhas museum
Stop 5
Explore the very local Pettah market and have a taste of 3 different kinds of bananas!
Stop 6
Get amazed by the impressive architecture of the Jami Ul Alfar Mosque
Stop 7
Visit a beautiful and quiet Hindu temple
Stop 8
Find a hidden gem: the jail cell of the last King of Sri Lanka
Stop 9
Have a look at the Light House Tower and hear all about the new constructions in Sri Lanka
Stop 10
Enjoy a prawn cake tasting and stroll down the seaside at Galle Face Green, locals' favourite hangout spot
Time to say goodbye to your local host!

Feel free to personalize this offer with the host of your choice

City tour details

Private City tour
Mode of transport
Walking tour (cost included)
3 hours
Nr. of guests
1 - 8 persons
Meeting point
Independence Square
Guest pick-up
instant confirmation
  • checkFree cancellation up to 14 days before experience date
  • closeNo refunds within 14 days of experience date

What's included
checkEntrance tickets
checkPrivate guide
checkExotic bananas tasting
checkPrawn cake tasting
checkHoppers tasting

about Withlocals Originals

  • Experience the heart
    of the city

  • With the host of
    your choice

  • Private. Affordable.
    And 100% You.


How it works:

  1. 1 Choose the theme of your tour.
  2. 2 Pick your favorite local as your private guide.
  3. 3 Let your guide personalize anything you like.


Now you can enjoy the true heart of the city in the most personal and unique way.