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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.