Find the Soul of a City in the Markets and Backstreets of Colombo

November 15, 2016 by | Filed Under: Authentic Experiences, Culture, Sri Lanka

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Khiri Travel Sri Lanka is offering some new off the beaten path walking tours in the markets, backstreets and historic landmarks of Colombo.

 

Open Markets

Sri Lanka - Old Town - Colombo - market

Who does not love markets? There is something special about them–the soul of a city so to speak. When arriving in Sri Lanka, most people choose to stay in Negombo, however, Khiri Travel recommends your clients seek out one of Sri Lanka’s best kept secrets: the incredible sensory experience of the open street market in Old Colombo.

 

Pettah District

Sri Lanka - Old Town - Colombo - market

Sri Lanka - Old Town - Colombo - market

In the early morning, our guide can show your travelers the backstreets of the Old Town and the port in Colombo. The pace is frantic. There are vendors with pushcarts full of spices, chilies, onions, lentils as well as clothing and housewares. If there is an image that evokes the past, it is this part of town called Pettah. If your clients want to travel off the beaten path, Pettah embodies all the right elements. For years, travelers avoided Colombo for good reason. Sri Lanka’s 30-year civil war made the city off limits. Hostilities are over now and Colombo is safe, peaceful and opening up again.

 

Iconic Landmarks

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After walking the backstreets of the hectic Pettah district, a fine way to end the day is with a cup of tea at the Grand Oriental Hotel. Overlooking Colombo harbor, this hotel was built in the early 19th century. Once an iconic landmark, it now looks a tad faded, but as with the rest of the city, this grand old hotel is coming back to life again.

Our Colombo backstreets walking experience can be customized for two hours to a full day. We guarantee your clients will get an intimate look at Colombo (away from other tourists) immersed in culture, food and people in the markets and backstreets of this unique Asian city.

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Gonzalo Gil Lavedra
Gonzalo Gil Lavedra, General Manager
Khiri Travel Sri Lanka
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