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Galle Face Green Tours

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Galle Face Green
Fringing a stretch of Colombo’s southern coastline, Galle Face Green is the city’s largest open space, composed of 12-acre (5-hectare) lawns overlooked by the colonial-era Galle Face Hotel. The green, which is flanked by a promenade and narrow beach, is a popular spot for strolling, picnicking, and kite flying.

The Basics

Originally laid out by the Dutch for cannon placements against Portuguese ships, Galle Face Green was extended and completed by the British in 1859, creating space for Colombo’s first horse racetrack, golf club, and cricket pitches. Today, locals come to the green to escape the city’s bustle, while in the evenings and on weekends, the green fills with people enjoying picnics, playing cricket, flying kites, watching the sunset, and browsing the food carts and trinket stalls.
 
As one of Colombo’s most scenic and atmospheric spots, Galle Face Green features on many city tours. Daytime tours—including tuk-tuk and Jeep excursions—stop off to let you people watch and admire the kite, ocean, and city views. Those interested in Colombo’s cuisine, meanwhile, can opt for evening tuk-tuk, bike, or walking tours that focus on the green’s food stalls, stopping to sample hot snacks and sweets along the way.
 
Things to Know Before You Go

  • Galle Face Green is an essential stop for sightseers, food lovers, and anyone who wants to absorb modern-day Colombo.
  • Wear sunscreen on daytime visits—there’s little or no shade.
  • Stroll to the green’s southern end to admire the 1864 Galle Face Hotel, a throwback to British colonial days.
  • The sea at Galle Face beach isn’t safe for swimming.
 
How to Get There
Galle Face Green runs alongside Colombo’s Galle Main Road, the city’s major north–south coastal highway. The easiest way to get here is by cab or tuk-tuk—you’ll find plenty around for your return journey. Local buses stop at the green, and the nearest train station—Kompannavidiya—is around 10 minutes’ walk away.

When to Get There
Galle Face Green is open to all, every day, free of charge. Weekday mornings and afternoons are ideal for quiet strolls, but if you want to throw yourself into the crowds and food stalls, head here any evening, weekend, or public holiday.
 
Must-Sees at Galle Face Green
The sunset is one of Galle Face Green’s biggest draws and for good reason: The west-facing lawns serve up fabulous views of the sun descending beyond the sand. Many visitors come to see the daily flag ceremony at the Galle Face Hotel’s beachfront—when soldiers lower Sri Lanka’s flag to the sound of a bagpiper at around 5:30pm.
Address: 56 Colombo - Galle Main Rd, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Colombo Tuk Tuk Safari (Private 4-Hour Tour)Nature and Wildlife

Colombo Tuk Tuk Safari (Private 4-Hour Tour)

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Combine food tastings with sightseeing on a private 4-hour evening tour of Colombo by tuk-tuk. Climb into a comfortable, customized tuk-tuk with a private driver-guide, and delve into Colombo’s bustling streets to enjoy the sights, culinary delights, and city lights. Ride by famous landmarks, explore the hottest entertainment spots, and make food stops to sample local staples and snacks. Enjoy the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks stowed inside your tuk-tuk cooler as you explore.
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Colombo Walking Tour with Ajeet De SoyzaCity Packages

Colombo Walking Tour with Ajeet De Soyza

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Immerse yourself in Colombo's ancient history and modern culture on this small-group walking tour. You'll get out from behind glass bus windows and experience the bustle of the city yourself by traveling on foot. Your guide will provide insightful commentary as you travel and you'll have plenty of time to ask questions.
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Highlights Colombo Day Tour With Afternoon HIGH TEA In Galle Face HotelHalf-day Tours

Highlights Colombo Day Tour With Afternoon HIGH TEA In Galle Face Hotel

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Discover sights and tastes of Colombo during this full-day city tour. Cover ground quickly in an air-conditioned vehicle and see city landmarks including Gangaramaya Temple, the National Museum of Colombo, and the Old Parliament Building. Relax over an elegant afternoon tea at the Galle Face Hotel.
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Shore Excursions Colombo City Tour Half-day Tours

Shore Excursions Colombo City Tour

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Exploring Colombo independently on a cruise port-of-call can mean negotiating with cabs, and the risk of getting lost or delayed. Make things easy with a private shore excursion that whisks you around the sights smoothly and comfortably. Travel by private vehicle, visit top sights such as the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple; shop for souvenirs at handicrafts emporiums; and hear tales of local life from your driver that you'd miss if alone.
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Colombo Sightseeing and Shopping Private Tour Including LunchFull-day Tours

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Colombo Sightseeing and Shopping Private Tour Including Lunch

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Spend the full day enjoying personalized attention while you sightsee, shop, and eat a Sri Lankan lunch. Stops can include Independence Square, Galle Face Green, and the Gangaramaya Temple before spending some free time shopping for souvenirs. A traditional Sri Lankan lunch at a local restaurant is included. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems™: Best of Colombo PRIVATE TourHalf-day Tours

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems™: Best of Colombo PRIVATE Tour

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Delve deeper into Colombo than you could alone in half a day on this private tour. Ride a tuk tuk around must-sees such as Independence Square and Galle Face Green as your guide shares details about them you might not have known otherwise. Plus, check out some of the Sri Lankan capital’s tucked-away gems, markets, and street snacks to gain an inside scoop on the city that most visitors miss.
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Colombo City Day TourHalf-day Tours

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Colombo City Day Tour

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Enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Colombo, the bustling capital of Sri Lanka. An informative guide takes you to major highlights such as the ocean-facing urban park of Galle Face Green; the Buddhist temples of Kelaniya, Gangaramaya and Seema Malaka; and the War Memorial, Independence Square and more. End your tour with some bargain hunting on a shopping excursion.
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Meals On Wheels - Street Food Bike Tour

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This isn't your typical food tour or city walk! This isn't just a bike ride either. It's all of it & a lot more. Of course we will ride our bikes through the hustle & bustle of this unique city & discover vibrant colors, shapes, textures, tastes & aromas. You will sweat a little, laugh often & eat a lot. Riding is the best way to experience the commercial capital of this paradise island, Why not munch on some mouthwatering authentic local cuisines while you are at it? Wondering if it will be too much of a workout? Don't worry, this is an easy ride & I will ensure that we go at a pace comfortable to you. This ride is fun for both the young & the young at heart! ---- Highlights All the yummy street food you could possibly eat :D (about 7-10 items) Discover the hidden beauty of Colombo city with interesting anecdotes about it's history Bottled water, hot cuppa tea and even a refreshing king coconut Some local ice cream and sweets to die for High end bikes, safety lights and a good helmet
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Colombo City Tour - Sri Lanka Tourism HubCity Packages

Colombo City Tour - Sri Lanka Tourism Hub

Colombo City is a cosmopolitan and commercial attraction with colonial era historical buildings with different architecture. Travel for architecture, travel for food and travel for the cultural uniqueness of Sri Lanka.Meander on the streets of Colombo, as you walk upon the very footprints left by Portuguese and Dutch colonizers.Elevate yourself from being just a tourist to someone who know's the Ceylonese economic capital as good as a local. Enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Colombo with SRI LANKA TOURISM HUB.
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Colombo Private Day TourFull-day Tours

Colombo Private Day Tour

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Benefit from personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private tour of Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo. Spend the entire day with a dedicated guide and driver, hopping out to walk around the neighborhoods rich in colonial heritage. You'll learn much more from your guide's commentary than you would simply exploring on your own. The carefully curated itinerary hits all the highlights, including Gallface Green, the Pettah Market, Gangarama Temple, and others.
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(SKU: LK60013400) This weekday tour lets you glimpse the heart of Colombo city - that living core formed from its history, culture, architecture, and people. Travel on an open-topped double-decker tour bus around the city watching the most important locations that are seeped in local or old colonial history, or are unique and beautifully built by famous architects, or even the best shopping precincts to visit. This tour gives you an overview of them all to the busy traveler in Sri Lanka who is very short on time. A very appropriate tour for a flight stopover or first day in Sri Lanka.
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Colombo Day Tour

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Colombo the capital of Sri Lanka located on west coast. The city blends together with old colonial type building, high-rise commercial buildings and hotels.You will be able to visit most famous tourist attractions in the city including old colonial heritage places, temples, local markets, Galle face green, national museum and Viharamaha Devi park withing 5 hours time.
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Private Night Tour in Colombo.Day Trips

Private Night Tour in Colombo.

Private Colombo Night City Tour with English Speaking Driver : Colombo is the Capital and largest city in Sri Lanka. We would like to take you Colombo city tour including many famous buildings, Buddhist temples, luxury shopping centers, beach and for discovering life lived by everyday Sri Lankan's. Kelaniya Temple / Gangaramaya Temple / Viharamahadevi Park / Independence Square / Galle Face Green are the places which are have an amazing look at night.
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Colombo Sightseeing & ShoppingDining Experiences

Colombo Sightseeing & Shopping

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Combine sightseeing and shopping in Colombo on this tour in the company of a private guide. Booking a private your means you'll enjoy personalized attention and your guide will tailor the itinerary to your interests. Highlights include Gangaramaya Temple, Galle Face Green, Independence Square, and others. While shopping for souvenirs, get guidance on the best shops and best deals.
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Rediscover ColomboDay Trips

Rediscover Colombo

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Rediscover-Colombo is a personalized city experience through the old city of Colombo, an unforgettable experience with your host as you drive & walk through the picturesque streets of Colombo and the mayhem of Pettah. It has been over 9 years now, since Chan, the boy behind Rediscover-Colombo, started to share his experience and knowledge enabling guests to spend a day or an evening in beautiful colonial Colombo. Continuous research goes into the areas you will visit and we truly believe that we learn something new every day. When contacting us via phone or email, you will either speak with Chan or his partner Nish as we are a company that feel personalization is key, hence we have just three others Lakshan, Ishan & Ruvini who work with us.
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Colombo Shore excursion - Experts In Handling Shore Excursions In Sri LankaBus Tours

Colombo Shore excursion - Experts In Handling Shore Excursions In Sri Lanka

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We are organizing day excursions & overnight tours for passengers arriving at the Colombo / Galle / Trinco / Hambantota ports. Our customized tours are designed to see the highlights in our enchanted island during the short stay. 04 - 05 Hours, Colombo Sightseeing Tour Discover the best of Colombo on a half-day Colombo sightseeing tour with an expert guide. Traveling by comfortable in an air-conditioned luxury car coach or minivan, take in Colombo. During this half day tour, learn about Sri Lanka’s capital city, visiting its most popular attractions. This family friendly tour is highly recommended for cruise passengers. This tour is tailored to showcase different places of Colombo, from traditional to unconventional attractions, to discover the life lived by everyday Sri Lankans.
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Private Tour of Colombo in a World War II JeepCity Packages

Private Tour of Colombo in a World War II Jeep

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See the sights of Colombo, the largest city in Sri Lanka, on this 3-hour private tour in a World War II–era Jeep. You'll explore both on- and off-road to check out top attractions such as Old Parliament Building and Viharamahadevi Park and visit a bird sanctuary just outside of the city. Hotel pickup, beverages, and a snack are included. Choice of morning or afternoon departure time.
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All Inclusive 7 Days Round Tour Package Sri Lanka

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*Wifi in the Car / Van *History , Nature , Wildlife , Archaelogy , Waterfalls , Boat Tours , Highlands , Beaches. *Visit more than 25 sites in Sri Lanka *Perfect Round Tour *Standard Hotel Room Accommodation with Breakfast
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Shore Excursion Colombo City TourHalf-day Tours

Shore Excursion Colombo City Tour

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Exploring Colombo independently and the risk of getting lost or delayed. Make things easy with a private shore excursion that whisks you around the sights smoothly and comfortably. Travel by Shared Bus/Coach, visit top sights such as the Seema Malakaya Temple,shop for souvenirs and handicrafts emporiums and hear tales of local life from your guide that you'd miss if alone. • Explore Colombo with ease on a Shore Excursion from the Cruise Port. • Forget cabs or buses,sightseeing stress-free by air-conditioned vehicle • See the sights, shop at markets, and hear about local life and history
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Colombo City TourDay Trips

Colombo City Tour

Jerard will personally accompany you for the whole day and will join to take you for all shopping rides. A local mobile phone will be provided for convenient communication and additional safety. Jerard explains you what you need to learn all about Sri Lankan history and unique factors. The fully air-conditioned and we'll maintained personal will make your day more comfortable.
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Airport Layover Colombo City tour

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Get a comprehensive tour of Colombo on this half-day excursion. First-time visitors or those short on time in Sri Lanka's capital city will enjoy learning about the city's culture, history, architecture, and modern-day life through guided commentary. Highlights include the Cinnamon Gardens, the Old Parliament, Beire Lake, the National Museum, the Gangarama Seema Malakaya, and other important sites.
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Sri Lanka is ranked as the best destination in the world to travel. It's full of natural beautify, wild life, rich cultures and traditions etc. Lush green surroundings, Historical places, beautiful landscaping, amazing view points and beautiful beaches are some of them. We have packed most of the important attractions in Sri Lanka just for 04 days and organized in the best way to explore. Transport will be provided by an air conditioned car in very good condition and a good English speaking chauffeur will be available through out your stay in Sri Lanka. Over 10 years of industry experience we have gained will be the definite
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