City tours by Tuk tuk – Colombo
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Colombo is a vibrant, compact and interesting city, rich in culture, history and heritage. There is so much to see and do! The city traffic, however, can be a little unruly at times and the best way to get around the chaos is by taking a tuk tuk. The three-wheeled taxis, fondly known by locals as ‘tuk-tuks’ for the sound of their sputtering little engines, are notoriously fast, easy to park, and can maneuver through the tiny streets of this compact city with ease, making it a great way to experience Colombo’s disorderly charm.
EXPERIENCE DESCRIPTION: Colombo by tuk tuk is about offering travelers the exhilarating experience of riding a tuk tuk within a safe environment assisted by trained, English-speaking drivers. It is easily, the most fun way to have your own local friend and guide to show you around with their own stories and inherent knowledge of the city. As part of the standard itinerary, a list of ‘non-touristy’, rather rare and quirky recommendations will give you a current and honest sneak-peek into Colombo life.
YOUR HOST: Your tuk tuk guide is an authentic tuk tuk driver by profession and English is his second language. However, he is conversant in English so feel free to ask him whatever you need to, he has been doing this for a while!
Includes: A guided tour of Colombo, all entrance tickets, bottled water and refreshments, transport by tuk tuk.
Duration: 2.5 hours
Suitable for children: This experience is great for children, and not recommended for kids under 5.
Meeting time: Morning: 9.00 AM or afternoon 4.00 PM. Please consult with your guide.
What to wear or bring along: Light, cool clothing, a hat. It gets pretty humid and, during the monsoon, a little messy.
In the know: Try to cover your knees and shoulders as you will be visiting a few religious places – a large shawl or sarong you can drape on top of your clothes at the temple is a great alternative. Bring a camera along too! You don’t need to pay for taking pictures at any of the locations on the itinerary, however, it is customary to make a small donation at places of religious worship for taking pictures as many of them are heritage sites, under renovation, and accept cash donations to help fund the building.
Private or not? The excursion is private.