One of our most popular experiences, this Colombo walking tour explores the historical heart of Colombo, as well as the vibrant Pettah markets, one of the city’s thriving modern-day bazaars. Your knowledgeable and engaging host is a keen historian with an avid interest in Sri Lankan history and has many years of experience in doing this guided walking tour. He will take you on a fascinating journey of discovery through Colombo’s colonial history, uncovering the impact the European colonial powers had on the city, the rest of the island and Sri Lankan culture through a variety of captivating historical narratives.
Your walk begins at Colombo Fort, the initial landing place of the Portuguese boats which arrived in the early 16th century. This area – subsequently fortified by the Dutch and developed into an administrative centre by the British during the next three hundred years – holds many buildings which are stunning examples of colonial-period architecture, including the Old Dutch Hospital, Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Old Post Office and the striking Cargills structure. Finish your tour of the Fort with a cup of tea overlooking Colombo Port, then head to the nearby Pettah markets, a bustling bazaar where you can purchase everything from fabrics and traditional crafts to gold and jewellery. Wrap up the tour by sampling some local delicacies, including traditional sweet meats.