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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 Sightseeing and Shopping Private Tour Including Lunch

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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  • 8 hours
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$75.00
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Colombo City Tour by Tuk Tuk

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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  • 4 hours
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$56.00
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Colombo City Tour

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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Colombo Tuk Tuk Adventure

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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Colombo City Day Tour

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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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Colombo Private Tour

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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Private Colombo City Tour

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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  • 4 to 8 hours
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Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour

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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$80.00
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Half Day Colombo City Tour

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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  • 1 to 4 hours
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$20.00
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Private Tour of Colombo in a World War II Jeep

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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$104.00
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Shore Excursion Colombo City Tour Highlights

Shore Excursion Colombo City Tour Highlights

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Make the most of your time in Colombo by booking a private shore excursion. You’ll travel via private transportation and skip the hassle of dealing with crowds or multiple pickups and drop-offs. Follow a comprehensive itinerary designed to show you the best of the city, asking questions and enjoying personalized attention along the way. Highlights include the National Museum, Gangarama Seema Malakaya, Beire Lake, Jamiul Alfar Mosque, and other landmarks.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$35.00
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Cruise Ship Shore Excursions - Colombo Port - Colombo City Tour

Cruise Ship Shore Excursions - Colombo Port - Colombo City Tour

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. Our Drivers are well friendly, Informative & Well Experienced. There are Well Maintain Speed Limits
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  • 8 hours
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Private Colombo City Tour with English Speaking Chauffeur

Private Colombo City Tour with English Speaking Chauffeur

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On this Private Colombo City Tour, you can see the top sights of the nation’s capital in one day, with all transportation and entrance fees included. Travel by ac private car or van, where you’ll take a panoramic sightseeing tour past major landmarks like Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, Independence Square. Plus, visit Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, Old Parliament building, Colombo Fort and Galle Face Green.
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  • 6 hours
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4 Days Private Vehicle With Driver in Sri lanka

4 Days Private Vehicle With Driver in Sri lanka

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Explore Sri Lanka at your own pace with this 4-day private car and driver package. Work together with your driver to determine an itinerary focused on the places you'd like to visit; you can spend your time however you like. Enjoy the scenery and relaxing on the journey while leaving the driving to an expert.
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  • 4 days
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Private Colombo City Tour with Traditional Srilankan Lunch

Private Colombo City Tour with Traditional Srilankan Lunch

Explore the city of Colombo in the comfort of an air-conditioned car or van on this private tour. Depart from your hotel and visit many of the city’s highlights, including the National Museum, Old Parliament, Independence Square, the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, and more. Enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan lunch.
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  • 6 hours
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$44.00
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Colombo Day Tour

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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  • 4 to 6 hours
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Colombo Shore excursion - Experts In Handling Shore Excursions In Sri Lanka

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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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Colombo City (Private) Tour

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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  • 5 hours
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$42.00
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Night Cycling from Colombo

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 Tour -Experience Colombo Like a Local

Colombo City Tour -Experience Colombo Like a Local

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Let's Explore Colombo Like a Local! Isn't it sound amazing??? Join our Colombo city tour and experience unique and most amazing moments. Our experienced tour guide will take you through the most amazing sights that you could enjoy in the heart of the commercial hub in Sri Lanka.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Private Colombo City Tour by Car - 06 Hours

Private Colombo City Tour by Car - 06 Hours

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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 Lankans.
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  • 6 hours
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$21.54
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Colombo Airport Transit Tour – 5 Hours

Colombo Airport Transit Tour – 5 Hours

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Friendly Guide. We are not an agent but operator. No need to pay middle man commotion. We manage everything in your tour. You relax and enjoy. We are Sri Lankan based. We know better "ins" and "outs" of the land. Your traveling with Expert Guidance. Personalized plan and Service. We give you the Best Value.
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  • 5 to 30 minutes
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The Amazing Colombo Tuk Tuk Chase Tour

The Amazing Colombo Tuk Tuk Chase Tour

Part scavenger hunt,part tuk tuk chase part amazing race this tour is the coolest way to see Colombo's sights and undertake fun activities such as : pulling traditional nattami carts through the streets of Pettah, searching for hidden treasures in Colombo's temples, blind tea tasting,finding little know graffiti street art down Slave Island's lanes and potentially learning how to do a Kandyan dance!
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Best of Colombo - Private Guided City Tour

Best of Colombo - Private Guided City Tour

This finely crafted city tour is the best way to explore Colombo & learn about the local culture. Our well-experienced, friendly tour guides will make the tour even more interesting. We are very flexible with timing and your needs so even though you're exploring a busy city, you will still feel very relaxed and safe.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$45.00
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