What you'll do
We begin across the harbor & take a heritage walk through Colombo Fort. Discover the story of Colombo and its ancient seafaring trade. Learn about the Fort's colonization & hear the stories of its inhabitants throughout the ages as you walk along age-old streets & witness the heritage and architectural remnants of the past. Next, we cross a canal to reach Pettah, a trade district selling goods of every description. Wander through a maze of streets & alleyways, & uncover hidden historical landmarks & cultural gems within the hustle & bustle. Walk through a farmer's market & discover a variety of local produce. Finally, escape the madness in Pettah by visiting a beautiful sacred and spiritual space. Acquire an insight into the different faiths and cultures of Colombo. Next, we head to Slave Island, a place shrouded in history. Hear its interesting stories as we walk along a lake towards another stunning sacred space designed by Bawa, renowned Sri Lankan architect and father of Tropical Modernism. Grab some awesome cityscapes and witness the transformation of Colombo into a megapolis. Finally, we'll explore the Cinnamon Gardens to unravel a couple of Victorian-era monuments, wonder at grandeur architecture of public buildings and private mansions, walk through a historic park & browse through local art works before ending at a place of cultural significance.
I'm Rushad - a wanderlust soul, lover of all things wild, student of knowledge, self-taught historian and a craftsman of travel. After 5 years in the travel industry playing different roles and a degree in Hospitality Management, I quit corporate life to start-up my own travel venture. Now, I'm on a mission to help people embark on their odyssey to connect with a destination, it's culture, history and people through the power of 'experiential travel'. My experience aims to offer fellow travelers an insightful, soulful and immersive walk through historic and contemporary Colombo.
Tuk rides to transfer us from district to district in case u get tired of walking
Old photos The excursion will be punctuated by old photos of the city to show you contrast from from the older days.
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Where you'll be
1. Colombo Fort, an ancient seafaring trade port & mighty fort encompassed with colonial heritage. 2. Pettah, a maze of bazaars lined like a supermarket isle, and dotted with several hidden gems waiting to be discovered. 3. Slave Island, home to the historic Beira Lake, interesting stories, harmonious neighborhoods & beautiful sacred spaces. 4. Cinnamon Gardens, an affluent district home to many historical and cultural monuments.
Things to keep in mind
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Up to 8 guests ages 14 and up can attend. The guided heritage walk requires that your fit to stroll on foot in the tropical weather. But don't worry, we can move at your own pace & have plenty of breaks in between to replenish or hop in a tuk if…
• Please do inform me of dietary needs or any other special needs • You required to remove footwear, caps and head scarves at most temples. •
Colombo Heritage Walk