Sri Lanka’s coastal capital is conveniently compact, but navigating the lively, cross-crossed streets can be tricky, and walking can quickly become tiring in the heat and humidity. The easiest way to get a sense of Colombo’s character is to tour the city by tuk tuk, the most popular form of local transport. The traffic in Colombo can often by frustrating, but these three-wheeled taxis, named by the locals as ‘tuk tuks’ after the sound of their spluttering engines and gentle honking horns, can manouevre easily through the busy streets and their open sides provide a welcome breeze on a hot day.
Hosted by a trained, English-speaking driver, the tuk tuk tour includes visits to some of Colombo’s most fascinating cultural sites, as well as a selection of ‘non-touristy’ recommendations which reveal a more authentic side of Sri Lanka’s capital. If you have any particular places you would like to visit, just inform your tuk tuk driver and he will be happy to adjust the itinerary accordingly – this experience is entirely flexible. Whizz around the streets and see the some of the city centre’s most beautiful spots, such as Independence Square and Viharamahadevi Park, and absorb the sights, sounds and smells of this captivating capital city.