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Experience a delightful afternoon wandering the streets of Pettah and marvel at the hidden colonial treasures in the company of a well-read, charismatic host from Colombo City Walks, as you are narrated a story based on the history of Sri Lanka. The walk will take you away from the typical tourist spots and allow you to truly experience the history of the old town that has evolved into Colombo. The walk lasts between 3 to 4 hours and kicks off during the late afternoon.

Highlights of this tour

  • Pettah Market
  • Dutch buildings and architecture
  • Old Dutch Museum
  • Old Dutch Hospital
  • Galle Face Green
  • View of spectacular sunset from the Lighthouse
  • Breathtaking sceneries for photography


$40 (Per Person)


1 day
Day 01


  • 3:00pm- You will be picked up at your hotel in Colombo or Mount Lavinia by Tuk tuk and taken to the Fort Cafe where the walk will commence.
  • 3:30pm- Your guide will give a small introduction about the tour and start the walk. Along the way, you will explore a handful of the many lively streets that sell everything from textiles to electronics to spices. Hidden within these streets you will find yourselves coming up to the Old Dutch Museum where you can feast your eyes on the pristine architecture of the mansion that was built in the latter part of the 17th century and was initially the residence of Count August Carl Van Ranzow.
  • Thereafter, you will proceed to the commercial hub of Colombo, Fort, where you will find another colonial gem, the Old Dutch Hospital; once a functional hospital during the 17th century, the complex is now host to high end restaurants, bars and shops. Your host will stop here for a drink with you and give you time to admire this location but be warned that if the photographers eye in your host sees the possibilities of a spectacular sunset, you may be rushed through drinks so that you will move on to the lighthouse just in time.
  • The walk will come to an end at the historic Galle Face hotel, the oldest hotel east of the Suez, via a half kilometer walk along the Galle Face Green promenade that is usually busy with young and old alike. This walk will also be a great opportunity for photography enthusiasts to take some beautiful pictures of Dutch and English colonial architecture, portraits of persons of all religious and ethnic backgrounds, not forgetting breathtaking sceneries that are not mundane typical photographs of Sri Lanka.
  • 7:30pm- We will be driving back to the hotel.