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Night Cycling from Colombo

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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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.
  • Evening bike tour of Colombo with a private guide
  • Explore Independence Square, home to the Kandyan-style Memorial Hall
  • Pedal around Galle Face Green and see the Galle Face Hotel
  • Includes bike, helmet, safety glasses, and reflective vest, plus snacks and refreshments
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Tour escort/host
Light snacks and refreshments
All guests will be provided with helmets, safety glasses, and reflective jackets as safety and comfort is our number one priority
Back-up vehicle and spare bicycles available during the tour in case of emergency
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Independence Square, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka

Departure Time

5:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide in central Colombo, don your cycling gear, and after a safety briefing, explore the historical streets.

Admire Colombo’s landmarks as you hear about their history, and watch the city lights flicker to life as dusk falls. Along the way, break for energy-boosting snacks and refreshments.

Start at Independence Square, home to the Independence Memorial Hall, built to commemorate Sri Lanka’s independence in 1948. Note the traditional architecture modeled on Kandy’s royal palace, and continue to Colombo Racecourse, an elegant colonial building converted into a mall.

Learn how its grounds were used as a World War II airstrip, and visit Victoria Park, now called Viharamahadevi Park. Pass the elaborate Gangaramaya Temple and restored Dutch Hospital complex of shops and cafes, and check out Slave Island, a district where the Portuguese and Dutch held African slaves.

Pause at the Grand Oriental Hotel and Clock Tower Lighthouse, and peep inside the tiny jail cell where Sri Lanka’s last king was incarcerated in 1815.

Then, head for Galle Face Green, the seafront park cleared by the Dutch for cannon placements. See the kite-flyers and evening strollers here, and admire the imperious colonial-era Galle Face Hotel before finishing back at Independence Square.
Stop At:  
Independence Square
The Independence Memorial Hall, most commonly known as the Independence Square, is a National Monument in Sri Lanka. The structure was built in commemoration of the Independence of Sri Lanka from the British rule and to mark the ceremonial start of self rule with the opening of the first parliament on the 4th of February 1948. There is also a statue of the first prime minister of the country right in front of the structure. Many events including the Independence Day celebrations are held here annually.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
Known as the oldest building in the Colombo Fort Area, the Dutch Hospital Complex dates back to the Dutch-Colonial era of Sri Lanka. After careful restoration, this heritage venue is now one of the most sought after shopping and dining precincts in Colombo. Talking about the history of the building, it was initially built by the Dutch as a hospital and was used for several purposes thereon. During the early 1980’s to the 90’s, the building was used as the Colombo Fort Police Station and suffered heavy damage from the bombing in 1996. The restoration of the Dutch Hospital Complex was completed by the year 2011 and is now a cheery place to hangout.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Located amidst the calm waters of the Beira Lake, the Gangaramaya Temple complex is a vibrant venue located in the heart of the Business District. The complex consists of the Main Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, the “Seema Malaka” which is an assembly hall for monks and also a vocational training institute. The temple is over 120 years old while now it has been converted to an institution of International significance. The temple and its surroundings are adorned with colourful lights during various ceremonial months while the annual Nawam Perahera conducted by the Gangaramaya is one of the most vibrant and colourful processions in the island.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Lighthouse
Operated and maintained by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, the Colombo Lighthouse is located along the South of the Port of Colombo. The current structure was built in 1952 and opened by the first Prime Minister of Ceylon. The Lighthouse is built on a concrete base which is 12 metres high and consists of 4 statues of lions at its base. Also around the base of the lighthouse is a naval gun battery which is used by the Sri Lanka Navy for traditional gun salutes as of date. The total height of the Lighthouse is 29 meters while its characteristics include three white flashes every ten seconds.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Galle Face Green
The Galle Face Green, which is immediately south of Fort, is a long, thin park facing the Indian Ocean which fills up with food stalls and locals on weekday and weekend evenings as it is a popular meeting place to relax. A narrow arm of Beira Lake separates this district from Slave Island, a peninsula where the Dutch imprisoned slaves from their Asian colonies. Galle Road, Colombo’s long seafront boulevard runs south from Galle Face Green, eventually becoming the main coastal road to Galle and the Deep South. It’s always crowded with traffic and short on charm, but as the city’s main thoroughfare it also has some of the best shopping malls and a number of important buildings, including the official residence of Sri Lanka’s premier, the US Embassy, the British High Commission and some of the city’s top five star hotels.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • A minimum of 1 person per booking is required
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • The safety of all guests while on tour is of utmost importance to us. All guests must agree to strictly abide by all instructions and directions given while on tour by any instructors
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Night Cycling from Colombo?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Night Cycling from Colombo?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Night Cycling from Colombo?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Night Cycling from Colombo?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What is the maximum group size during Night Cycling from Colombo?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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We had an excellent night bike...
, Jan 2018
We had an excellent night bike riding tour. Guide was exceptional careful with safety. At all times it was explained to us what was happening and what to expect on the road. The places we visited were interesting and our guides knowledge was outstanding. The tour did run a little over time - but that was because it was jammed packed with information. Highly recommend.

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