Colombo Guides

Why be part of a large group while touring a city when you can explore Colombo with a private local guide? Exploring Colombo is best done with a local who has knowledge of the culture, food and most importantly knows the best way to get around the city. Check out below the benefits of having a local guide in Colombo by your side!

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Guides in Colombo

With so many things to do, being accompanied by a private guide in Colombo can be extremely helpful as the tours would be tailored based on your liking and interests. Your guide should also be able to advise you on how to avoid the crowds and traffic and take off-the-beaten routes that will help you save time on the road too. What better way to get around Colombo than with a local around you, right?

Colombo’s history and culture are deeply embedded in the city’s attractions and can only be properly discovered with the help of a private guide. The history dates backs to more than a millennium and surely large tour groups will not cover every aspect of it. But with a Colombo private guide around you, you can question them and get real answers to truly understand the hidden gems surrounding each site. Who knows, they might even be able to share some of their personal stories relating to an attraction.

Top personalized tours in Colombo

Your Magical Sri Lanka Personalized Tour - 3 days

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Your Magical Sri Lanka Personalized Tour - 10 days

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Your Magical Sri Lanka Personalized Tour - 7 days

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Other reasons to go for a local guide in Colombo

Also, Colombo has plenty to offer in terms of local street food, so why not get your private guide to take you to some of the best street food joints in the city. It’s a must-try! Based on their recommendations you can be fully confident that you have savored the most authentic Sri Lankan food in the capital city of Colombo. Just let your private guide know your preferences in terms of the types of food you want to try, and you can then prepare yourself for a treat.

Make sure you let your local guide know about your travel preferences so they can tailor the itinerary accordingly. Your guide should therefore be able to accommodate to almost any request that you make including the type of transport you prefer, the type of food and also places you would like to stay in. Your private guide in Colombo would also know what type of clothes you should wear or avoid depending on the tour. This can be especially important when visiting religious sites, so you can be respectful and be allowed inside these places.

This is what guests are saying about our hosts

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Janet Prasanna
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Colombo to Kandy in 1 Amazing Day with a Local

4 of us had a great 8-hour private tour with Prasanna. We had a little trouble finding his van outside the port area since people inside the port gave us wrong directions and since our ship did not offer a shuttle to the port gate. The app WhatsApp saved the day, though!!

After we found him (or he found us), we piled into his huge clean van and set out. We asked to visit an obscure location and didn’t have an address but he found it and we had a great time there. We also wanted to visit the National Museum (1000 rupees per adult and there’s a reputable ATM in the parking lot) and that place was great. Prasanna took us to other sights as well and after a delicious 1990 rupees per person curry buffet at Raja Bojun (a menu is also available if you are not interested in trying Sri Lankan foods) we were very tired and asked to visit a supermarket on the way back to the ship. We bought water, sodas and beer. (The beer was confiscated by port security.... We’re still laughing about it!) It was a great day and Prasanna is a very good guide and driver.

Colombo in March is very hot so bring lots of water. One of the temples charged 300 rupees or USD$2 per person so also bring small bills if you don’t have rupees.

We were so impressed by Colombo and Prasanna that we want to return to Sri Lanka to see more of this beautiful, clean, calm country.

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Mohamed Sam
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Camping Experience & Scenic Hike in Wangedigala Mountain

My friend and I spent 2 days with Sam and our minibus driver. The four of us basically took on a big chunk of Sri Lanka driving and hiking. More than a guide, Sam became a close friend.

Something about Sam and so many of the Sri Lankan people i came across is: genuine kindness. One touching moment, at the end of our trip, we were waiting for the train to come to take us to Ella -- the train was late, over an hour late, and Sam sat with us the entire time making sure we got on the train and on our way safely. Wow. Thank you Sam.

During the hikes, my body isn't the most suited for this kind of exercise. But Sam was perfect. I didn't feel pressured to go faster than I wanted. And I didn't feel like he was annoyed when I would take long. Very understanding and gentle experience. I loved it -- and now I'm in love with hiking and want to do more! Thanks Sam.

If you love hiking -- Sam is your man!
Thank you for a wonderful 2 days Sam.

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margaret Prasanna
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Colombo to Kandy in 1 Amazing Day with a Local