Fort & Pettah

Come walk through ‘the town outside the fort’ famously known today as Pettah. An experience in itself, Pettah has its own chaotic pace. It is a melting pot of culture with hidden treasures from the past and present. It can be quite daunting if you venture there on your own however this easy to follow map and guide will ensure that you have an experience of a lifetime.

Pettah has an abundance of colonial architecture. The route will take you past the former residences of the Dutch Governor of Ceylon, a creepy old Town Hall, a Lighthouse that now serves as a Clock Tower, among lots of other interesting landmarks.

Imagine a 72-foot chandelier, a jail cell of the last king of Sri Lanka that’s surprisingly located in a car park, a 10,000 rupee note from 1947. All these quirky locations are included on the route. The adventurous foodie too will not be disappointed. Traditional food items are available at the many street stalls not forgetting the most delectable fruits available at the fruit and vegetable market.

Starting point

Fort Railway Station

Ending point

Dutch Hospital Shopping and Dining Precinct

What's included

  • Map of the caves

  • Over 30 minutes of audio commentary

  • Historic Photographs

Colombo Independence Square

Enjoy a stroll through some interesting parts of the city. On this tour you will be guided past sports grounds and nightclubs and even a Rugby ground that was used as an airfield by the RAF during world war II and finally finishing off at the beautiful independence arcade. You will hear many intriguing stories of Sri Lanka's colonial past along with some interesting facts about its present.

If souvenir shopping is on the cards this tour will not disappoint with stops at one of the best handicraft stores as well as the renowned Saturday Good Market. Don't waste a day in the city, instead enjoy a leisurely stroll taking in some interesting sights and sounds of Colombo life.

Starting point

BMICH Conference Hall

Ending point

Independence Arcade Shopping and Dining Precinct

What's included

  • Map including a walking tour route and audio commentary.

  • Online and offline options available.

Dambulla

Come visit the stunning 5 caves of the Golden temple, containing a total of 153 statues of buddha, three statues of Sri Lankan kings, four statues of gods and goddesses, and over 2,100 square metres of murals covering the walls and ceilings. Hear interesting stories of the Buddha and his teachings while looking in awe at the amazing murals and statues. Hear all about the kings that ruled and wars that were fought.

Starting point

Dambulla Temple entrance

Ending point

Cave 05

What's included

  • Map including a walking tour route and audio commentary.

  • Online and offline options available.

Galle Fort

A city within a city, a treat awaits! Come explore the ramparts, churches, bastions and museums of the Galle fort and let them reveal stories from the past.

Find out how Galle got its name…Hear about the battles fought and treaties signed, about the trade that took place, of spices and amazing war vehicles. Take in the scenic views, see remnants of colonial rule, and walk the ramparts.

Hear tales of an ancient tree intended to wipe out the Ceylonese people, and myths of a connection to the Himalayan Mountains. Don't miss out, Download your essential audio guide right here.

Starting point

Jetty outside the Old Dutch Gate

Ending point

Dutch Hospital

What's included

  • Map including a walking tour route

  • Audio commentary for 25 stops

  • Online and offline options available

Kandy

Walk back in time as you visit one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world and become immersed in the culture and history of this world heritage site. Hear intriguing stories from the past that will bring to life the characters and places of a bygone era.

The ambience inside will enthral you, with the smells of fresh flowers, incense sticks and coconut oil lit candles and lamps while your audio guide enlightens you on the beliefs of the Buddhist faith and the architecture behind it.

Watch the daily pujas with the rhythmic drums and chanting and hear all about its significance and importance.

Starting point

Temple Gate

Ending point

Dutch Hospital

What's included

  • Map including a walking tour route and audio commentary.

  • Online and offline options available

  • Puja timings

  • Tickets and entry fee information

  • Do's & Dont's

Negombo

Starting off at the Fish Market, take a guided tour past remnants of a historic fort, stroll along the canal and learn a bit about Sri Lanka's history. See temples, churches and Kovils all within a short distance.

Early morning is the best time to start as that is when the fish market is in full swing. Come immerse yourself in the culture and customs by taking this tour through some interesting parts of the Negombo.

Starting point

Negombo Fish Market

Ending point

Angurukaramulla temple

What's included

  • Map including a walking tour route (Online and offline options available)

  • Entertaining Audio commentary

  • Historic and current photographs

  • Tickets and entry fee information

  • Do's & Dont's

Polonnaruwa

Come visit the ancient capital city of Polonaruwa, from where the Sri Lankan Kings ruled the central plains of Sri Lanka 800 years ago, Hear about its past as a thriving commercial and religious center.

 

You can imagine the glories of that age while looking at the archaeological treasures and hear enthralling stories of the kings that built them. Come explore the ancient tombs and temples, statues and stupas. Don't miss out! Take this brilliant audio tour as your guide.

Starting point

Entrance

Ending point

Thivanka Image house

What's included

  • Map including a walking tour route (Online and offline options available)

  • Entertaining Audio commentary

  • Historic and current photographs

  • Tickets and entry fee information

  • Do's & Dont's

Sigiriya

Make your visit to the sigiriya rock fortress unforgettable with this fascinating audio guide. Hear the unbelievable story of Sigiriya, complete with tales of jealousy and murder. Hear about the final fate of the Grand King, and his life on top of the rock.

Explore the many architectural marvels including the Lion paw steps, advanced irrigation systems and mirror walls. See for yourself what remains of the infamous Frescoes, and hear of stories from the past. Don't miss out! Take this brilliant audio tour as your guide.