Colombo: Fort and Pettah

28 Stops
Duration: 02:00:00

Come walk through ‘the town outside the fort’ famously known today as Pettah. An experience in itself, Pettah has its own chaotic pace. It is a melting pot of culture with hidden treasures from the past and present. It can be quite daunting if you venture there on your own however this easy to follow map and guide will ensure that you have an experience of a lifetime.

Pettah has an abundance of colonial architecture. The route will take you past the former residences of the Dutch Governor of Ceylon, a creepy old Town Hall, a Lighthouse that now serves as a Clock Tower, among lots of other interesting landmarks.

Imagine a 72-foot chandelier, a jail cell of the last king of Sri Lanka that’s surprisingly located in a car park, a 10,000 rupee note from 1947. All these quirky locations are included on the route.

The adventurous foodie too will not be disappointed. Traditional food items are available at the many street stalls not forgetting the most delectable fruits available at the fruit and vegetable market.


Starting Point: Fort Railway Station


End Point: Dutch Hospital Shopping and Dining Precinct


Timings: Its best to go in the mornings or evenings. Try to avoid midday as it will be very hot and busy. If you don’t like too many people, the area is less busy on Sundays and public holidays. Some of the shops will be closed but its still a great experience.


Whats included:

  • Map including a walking tour route and audio commentary.
  • Online and offline options available.

Tickets: None of the locations on this tour have an entry ticket.


What to take: Water, Cap or hat for the sun, Sunglasses, Wear closed shoes as the path can be a little grubby


Info: The Dutch Museum featured in this tour has been closed for renovations.

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