Colombo’s History

A Pepper Experience

Traverse the varied streets of a city rooted in trading and discover its colonial past. Around every corner, buildings from another era remain hidden between renovations.

  • Includes: guide and water
  • Duration: 8:30am and 4pm for 2 hours
  • Children: welcome
  • To wear/bring: light clothes & walking shoes

Begin near to colourful produce behind the old town hall,where your local host will set the scene for your journey ahead. Hear of the colonial powers and Arab traders who visited the ‘pearl of the Indian Ocean’ and put this lesser-known city on the map from the 14th century onward. Much of Colombo’s architecture is an intriguing memento of the past, whether this be a mosque, an old Dutch bell tower tucked away out of sight along vendor-lined streets, or renovated statement buildings in a recently re-opened part of town. Glimpse the future of Colombo as you arrive at the Dutch Hospital, surrounded by high-rise buildings, new hotels and café culture.

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