City Highlights and Backwater Boating

    • 3.5 hours
    • ULKB
    • Total price tool tip
    • *Approx package price

Using a trifecta of transport options, this Colombo tour puts you in the local transit scene with rides on a public bus, motor boat, and tuk tuk. Other experiences include close encounters with snake charmers and a place named 'Slave Island'. Join us if you dare. 


* Experience the thrill of a local tuk-tuk ride

* Travel like a local and take a ride on a Colombo city bus

* Marvel at the snake charmers near the Hindu temple

* Enjoy a boat excursion on the backwaters of Colombo

* Sample a local favourite - king coconut drink or milk tea

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Main entrance of the Dutch Hospital area. This landmark is in the centre of Colombo, opposite the entrance of the World Trade Centre Towers.
  • Finish:

    Entrance of the Dutch Hospital area.
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Inclusions:

    Local English speaking guide, tuk-tuk ride, city bus transportation, boat excursion, king coconut or milk-tea drink.
  • Exclusions:

    Items of a personal nature, food or meals, tips / gratuities for your guide.

Additional information

Carbon Offset:Voucher exchange details

Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.

Confirmation of booking

Please contact Colombo Urban Adventures to confirm your tour 24 hours prior to departure.

Dress standard

To enter temples, shrines and churches the <strong>shoulders must be covered and one must take off the shoes (except for churches).</strong>

Child policy

Children must be 6 years of age to 11 years inclusively.  Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.



Tipping Info

If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides, a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.


Get to know the real Colombo, from its iconic sights and must-see locales to its off-the-beaten-path secrets and local favourites. Our Colombo tour and city discovery starts with a visit to the lighthouse, which offers panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, and is a city landmark.
A short drive brings us to the Oriental Hotel, the oldest hotel in Colombo, from where we’ll hop in a tuk-tuk for a fun ride, local style, to the fruit and vegetable market. We’ll experience the vibrant activities of street life in Pettah, and then head to the Hindu Temple at Slave Island, named during British Colonial times.

At the centre of Slave Island is the Baira Lake, a large lake and recreational area where we’ll stop for a visit to the Gangarama Temple, accessible by wooden platform. This temple dates back over 2,000 years, and contains many statues and antiquities. The temple has been constructed and destroyed a number of times in the last 2,000 years, and it is believed that Buddha preached here. Images of the reclining and the preaching Buddha, frescoes depicting stories from his life, and a hollow paddy heap shaped pagoda are the main features of the temple.

Next on our Colombo tour, we’ll travel like locals and catch a local bus across the city to Navala, a suburb of Colombo, where we’ll board a motorboat for a tour on the backwaters. It's here that we’ll catch a glimpse of various flora and fauna, as well as fishermen with their traditional outrigger boats.

This Colombo tour will surely open your eyes to many facets of local life and some of the best, classic sights the city has to offer.

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