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Colonial History of Colombo Walking Tour

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.

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