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Independence Square Tours

Independence Square
In the heart of the city’s prestigious 07 district and framed by palm-lined gardens, Independence Square is one of Colombo’s signature sights. The centerpiece of the square is Independence Memorial Hall, a stone monument that commemorates Sri Lanka’s independence from Britain in 1948.

The Basics
Most travelers visit Independence Square to admire Independence Memorial Hall and its statue of D.S. Senanayake, Sri Lanka’s first prime minister, ringed by four stone lions, a symbol of the island. Visitors can stroll around the open-sided hall—designed to echo the royal court of Sri Lanka’s Kandyan kings—to view its carvings and ornamental pillars. Other attractions here include the Arcade, a shopping mall converted from the colonial-era Auditor General’s building, and Independence Memorial Hall’s basement museum.
 
Virtually all Colombo tours stop at Independence Square. Aside from conventional city tours, travelers can check out the square aboard a vintage Jeep or tuk-tuk or cycle around the floodlit hall and gardens on an evening bike tour.
 
Things to Know Before You Go

  • Independence Square is great for sightseers and history aficionados.
  • Wear a sunhat or sunscreen as the square is short on shade.
  • Pay-to-enter restrooms are available in the nearby Arcade shopping complex.
  • Set aside an hour to explore the hall, its basement museum, and gardens.
  • Independence Memorial Hall is free to enter, but the Independence Memorial Hall Museum charges an entry fee.
 
How to Get There

Independence Square is on Independence Avenue in central Colombo, opposite the Sports Ministry Ground. A parking lot is available, but the easiest way to visit is via cab, tuk-tuk, or on a city sightseeing tour. Local buses stop at Torrington, near the Arcade complex, and you can walk through or past the mall to reach Independence Memorial Hall.

When to Get There
Independence Square and Independence Memorial Hall are open around the clock, but if you plan to visit Independence Memorial Museum, avoid Sundays and Mondays, when the museum is closed. It’s open Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm. The Arcade mall is open daily from 10am to 11pm and closed on public holidays.
 
Visit the Independence Memorial Museum and Arcade
After exploring Independence Memorial Hall, descend into its basement museum to see sculptures and displays charting the figures and events behind Sri Lanka’s independence in 1948. It’s then an easy stroll to the Arcade shopping mall, where you can admire its restored historical architecture and fountains and enjoy its upmarket shops and cafés.
Address: Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka
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Colombo City Tour by Tuk TukHalf-day Tours

Colombo City Tour by Tuk Tuk

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Get an intimate look at the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo during this 3.5-hour sightseeing trip by tuk tuk with a small group. Travel like Sri Lankan locals do as you weave through traffic, stopping to check out city landmarks like Colombo Harbour, the Pettah neighborhood, Wolvendaal Church, Independence Square, Gangaramaya Temple, and much more.
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Colombo City TourDay Trips

Colombo City Tour

With this tour you can visit Colombo National Museum, Gangarama temple, Seema malaka, Independence Memorial Hall, Red Mosque and Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya and some other in a single day
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  • 6 to 9 hours
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Private Colombo City TourBus Tours

Private Colombo City Tour

Sightseeing in Colombo can be stressful if you’re using cabs or the often-crowded buses. Check out the city’s attractions in one smooth, easy trip on this private tour, with a guide to fill you in on the sights. Traveling by private air-conditioned vehicle, visit Seema Malaka, the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, and more; and tailor the duration and itinerary to suit your personal wishes. Central hotel pickup and drop-off are included for convenience.
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Half Day Colombo City TourBus Tours

Half Day Colombo City Tour

Sightseeing in Colombo can be stressful if you’re using cabs or the often-crowded buses. Check out the city’s attractions in one smooth, easy trip on this private tour, with a guide to fill you in on the sights. Traveling by private air-conditioned vehicle, visit Seema Malaka, the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, and more; and tailor the duration and itinerary to suit your personal wishes. Central hotel pickup and drop-off are included for convenience.
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Explore Colombo, Sri Lanka In World War II Jeep - A Guided TourDay Trips

Explore Colombo, Sri Lanka In World War II Jeep - A Guided Tour

Land with beaches having palm trees, ruins from ancient times, beautiful reefs, and tranquil rainforests, Sri Lanka adopted its current name in 1972. If you looking for an activity in Colombo where you can explore some of the best places in Sri Lanka, this is the best fit. Not to mention all the places you will visit will be in a Jeep from World War II. After we pick you up from your hotels in Colombo, the quest starts. Not only we drive through Galle Face Green, Old Parliament Building, the Lighthouse, Dutch Hospital, Gangarama Temple, War Memorial, Town Hall, Racecourse shopping area, and Independence Square. But also Slave Island area, Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre, Viharamahadevi Park, Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, and many more places that you will love are in the list. After visiting Attidiya Bird Sanctuary, we get you back to your hotels with a lot of memories. Tour Timings: 6:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Explore Colombo in an Open Deck - A Guided TourBus Tours

Explore Colombo in an Open Deck - A Guided Tour

Land with beaches having palm trees, ruins from ancient times, beautiful reefs, and tranquil rainforests, Sri Lanka adopted its current name in 1972. If you looking for an activity in Colombo where you can explore some of the best places in Sri Lanka, this is the best fit. Not to mention all the places you will visit will be in an open Deck. After picking you up from Kingsbury hotel, we drive through the city passing Colombo Lighthouse, The Prison Cell of the last Sri Lankan King, Lighthouse with Clock Tower, Galle Face Promenade with cannons of World War II. Not only this but South Expansion of the Colombo Harbour, York Street, Slave Island area, Public Library, National Museum, Nelum Pokuna Theatre, Vihara Mahadevi Park, Colombo Town Hall and many more places of historical importance are to be explored. And stop at Gangaramaya Temple, Maritime Museum, Independence Memorial Hall, and Arcade Independence Square are on the tour. Tour Timings: 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Cycle in the Evening in Colombo, Sri Lanka - A Guided Private TourMountain Bike Tours

Cycle in the Evening in Colombo, Sri Lanka - A Guided Private Tour

Land with beaches having palm trees, ruins from ancient times, beautiful reefs, and tranquil rainforests, Sri Lanka adopted its current name in 1972. If you looking for an activity in Colombo where you can explore some of the best places in Sri Lanka, this is the best fit. At around 5:30 pm reach Independence Square, where we meet our guide who will be there with us for the whole journey. After gearing ourselves up, we head towards viewing places in Colombo that includes, Independence Memorial, Lunatic Asylum, Race Course, Municipal Building & Victoria Park, Gangaramaya & Seema Malakaya, Slave Island, Dutch Hospital, Grand Oriental Hotel, and many more historical landmarks in the city. At about 8:00 we move to explore the Prison Cell of the last Sri Lankan King, Lighthouse with Clock Tower. After we arrive at Galle face Green and a leisure walk, we end the tour. Tour Timings: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Colombo Day TourBus Tours

Colombo Day Tour

Colombo is Sri Lanka’s commercial capital and major port. It is a fine amalgamation of all the hues and cultures within this paradise isle. This chic metropolitan brings together the many facets of this island nation. City tour will include a visit to the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple & Simamalaka Shrine designed by Sri Lanka’s leading architect Geoffrey Bawa. Take time to visit the oldest Hindu Kovil in Colombo and The Wolvendael Church. You will also be provided time to relax at the Independence Square and drive by the Old Parliament House, Town hall, Nelum Pokuna Performing Arts Theatre, BMICH together with time for shopping at the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
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Private Half-Day Colombo City TourHalf-day Tours

Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour

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This is the ideal choice for first-time visitors looking to cover Colombo’s main attractions in under a day. Save time planning an itinerary and bartering with cabs; and relax as a driver-guide and private air-conditioned vehicle take you around the signature sights. Admire the Independence Memorial Hall and Beira Lake Seema Malakaya Temple; see worshippers at the Gangaramaya Temple, and learn about Colombo’s history and culture from your guide’s commentary.
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  • 5 hours
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Colombo Magic - City Must' See'sFull-day Tours

Colombo Magic - City Must' See's

This is a full day personalized tour of Colombo with a knowledgeable guide. We usually visit highlights such as the Gangaramayya Temple, Independence Square, Sri Ponnambalam Vanesar Kovil, Old Parliament building, Old Town Hall, the Pettah bazaar area and the popular Galle Face Green. We’ll stop for lunch at a historic colonial building that is now converted to a lovely enclosed shopping arcade with local cafes.
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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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  • 3 hours
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Colombo City Day TourHalf-day Tours

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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  • 6 hours
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Colombo City SightseeingBus Tours

Colombo City Sightseeing

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 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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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Night Cycling from ColomboMountain Bike Tours

Night Cycling from Colombo

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Explore Colombo’s historical streets on two wheels on this private evening cycle tour. Pedal around illuminated squares, landmarks, and parks in the quieter atmosphere of dusk while learning about their history. View Independence Square and Gangaramaya Temple, check out lesser-known colonial-era sights, and visit Galle Face Green, the seafront green originally created by the island's Dutch rulers. Light snacks and refreshments, plus full cycling equipment included.
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  • 5 hours
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Colombo City (Private) TourHalf-day Tours

Colombo City (Private) Tour

Combine a city orientation with a tailor-made shopping trip on this comprehensive door-to-door Colombo tour. Exploring with your private chauffeur/guide, check off the Buddhist temples of Seema Malaka and Gangaramaya, tour the Colombo National Museum (own expense), and admire the landmark Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall and Independence Square. After shopping stops at bustling Pettah Market and other stores, soak up ocean views from Galle Face.
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True Colombo by Tuk TukHalf-day Tours

True Colombo by Tuk Tuk

Meet up with your guide in front of the world trade center, Colombo. At 8.30 AM. After getting into your tuk-tuk, you will be driven to Sivan Kovil and Wolvendaal Church. From there you will come to the main street in Colombo. have a little bit of a walk while passing Old town hall, Red mosque, and Khan's clock tower. End of the Main street you will be getting King Coconut and get into your tuk-tuks again to visit Gangaramaya Temple and Independence square. From there you will be driven back to the world trade center.
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  • 4 hours
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Shore Excursion Colombo Port to Colombo City Tour for 7 - 12 PeopleBus Tours

Shore Excursion Colombo Port to Colombo City Tour for 7 - 12 People

 Pickup from Colombo port passenger terminal by paging the name.  Colombo Light House  100-Year-Old Clock Tower  Dutch Hospital  Red Mosque  Colorful Pettah Bazaar  Hindu Temple  Gangarama Temple  Victoria Park  National Museum  Nelum Pokuna Theater  Colombo Town Hall  Cinnamon Gardens (Race Course)  Independence Square  Replica of Aukana Buddha Statue  Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (B.M.I.C.H)  Shopping  Galle Face Green  Old Parliament  Drop off at Colombo port passenger terminal
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Colombo highlights : guided private tourBus Tours

Colombo highlights : guided private tour

The commercial capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is bustling with activity and noise. The ideal base for starting your journey on the island, Colombo is the ideal place for entertainment, shopping, sightseeing and just enjoying city life. A jarring mix of old buildings blending with new skyscrapers and hotels, the city’s multicultural population adds the right amount of vibrant color to Sri Lanka and gives it the true charm of the island. Stroll through the street markets, admire the colonial era buildings, visit museums and art galleries or stand in awe at the beautiful shrines of the island, be it the church, mosque, temple or kovil. Located on the west coast, the city is approximately 30 minutes from the international airport. Our guides are well experience and knowledgeable about all attractions in Kandy, we will take you on an amazing journey and will show you and explain all must see places and sceneries in Kandy. So just book the package and enjoy your time !
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Colombo day excursion : Guided private tour Bus Tours

Colombo day excursion : Guided private tour

The commercial capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is bustling with activity and noise. The ideal base for starting your journey on the island, Colombo is the ideal place for entertainment, shopping, sightseeing and just enjoying city life. A jarring mix of old buildings blending with new skyscrapers and hotels, the city’s multicultural population adds the right amount of vibrant colour to Sri Lanka and gives it the true charm of the island. Stroll through the street markets, admire the colonial era buildings, visit museums and art galleries or stand in awe at the beautiful shrines of the island, be it the church, mosque, temple or kovil. Located on the west coast, the city is approximately 30 minutes from the international airport. Our guides are well experience and knowledgeable about all attractions in Kandy, we will take you on an amazing journey and will show you and explain all must see places and sceneries in Kandy. So just book the package and enjoy your time !
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Cruise Ship Shore Excursions - Colombo Port - Panoramic Colombo City Tour Full-day Tours

Cruise Ship Shore Excursions - Colombo Port - Panoramic Colombo City Tour

Sri Lanka is popularly known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. It is a perfect travel destination to enjoy unforgettable travel experience. Colombo is commercial hub of Sri Lanka. In Colombo City tours you can Witness Lot of Religion Icons, Cultural Icons, Famous Local Markets & Shopping Malls. Can See By Transportation : Lotus Tower (Asia’s Highest Tower ) | Local Markets | Hindu Temples | Scenic Beira Lake in the heart of the city | BMICH | Nelum Pokuna | Public Library | Viharamadevi Park Why Travel with us • Largest Luxury Vehicle Fleet in Sri Lanka • Well Trained & Help Full Reservation Staff • Reasonable Rates with Best Service • All Drivers are well Experienced in Driving & Sri Lanka Roads • 100% Trusted Transport Provider • Break Down Replacements in around the Sri Lanka • Manage your Time • No Extra Charges for Pickup • No Any Hidden Charges All Vehicles are new & well Conditioned Vehicles. All drivers & Assistants are well trained.
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Colombo Tuk Tuk Safari from Colombo PortNature and Wildlife

Colombo Tuk Tuk Safari from Colombo Port

(SKU: LK81IR0500) This 4-hour private tour takes you to some of the most popular seasonal destinations in the capital of Sri Lanka. Get a 360-degree view of Colombo while traveling in a modified tuk-tuk. Ride past famous monuments in the city, and complete an entertaining evening with all the best sights and lights of Colombo
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Colombo Tuk Tuk AdventureNature and Wildlife

Colombo Tuk Tuk Adventure

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Explore the capital of Sri Lanka on this tuk tuk tour that includes a private guide. Enjoy a completely customized itinerary that focuses on the things that interest you, accompanied by insightful guided commentary. This option is a great overview for first-time visitors or those short on time.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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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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  • 3 hours
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Colombo city tour : Private tour Bus Tours

Colombo city tour : Private tour

The commercial capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is bustling with activity and noise. The ideal base for starting your journey on the island, Colombo is the ideal place for entertainment, shopping, sightseeing and just enjoying city life. A jarring mix of old buildings blending with new skyscrapers and hotels, the city’s multicultural population adds the right amount of vibrant color to Sri Lanka and gives it the true charm of the island. Stroll through the street markets, admire the colonial era buildings, visit museums and art galleries or stand in awe at the beautiful shrines of the island, be it the church, mosque, temple or kovil. Located on the west coast, the city is approximately 30 minutes from the international airport. Our guides are well experience and knowledgeable about all attractions in Colombo, we will take you on an amazing journey and will show you and explain all must see places and sceneries in Colombo. So just book the package and enjoy your time !
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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