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(From L-R) Cinnamon Grand Resident Manager Chris Quyn, Head of Nature Trails Chithral Jayathilake, Cinnamon Lakeside General Manager Dermot Gale, Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts Sector Head-City Hotels Rohan Karr and Cinnamon Red General Manager Terrence Fernando | Pic by Chandana Wijesinghe

Cinnamon’s City Hotels – Cinnamon Grand Colombo, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo and Cinnamon Red – in collaboration with Nature Trails, the wildlife and adventure tourism arm of Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts have launched ‘Colombo City Excursions’, a package that wraps unique experiences in and around Colombo, for travelers interested in discovering the hitherto unknown sights and sounds of the city.

Masked by the hustle and bustle, the whizzing vehicles and the ever expanding skyline, the city holds a wealth of adventure in every nook and corner. The latest Cinnamon tie-up aims the spotlight at these wonders through a number of exploration tours. Designed by experts, the tours will cover various areas such as culture, history, natur
e, food, architecture and the multi-ethnicity of the country.
Offering a value added experience to a guest’s stay, the tour packages also promote the thought that to witness Sri Lanka’s diversity, it is not always that one needs to travel to the outskirts of the city or beyond.

Nature tours
There are two nature-based excursions –A bird watching excursion to the Thalangama Lake and a river cruise down Kelani River.

Architectural tour
The architectural tour consists of visiting Colombo’s spectacular buildings, some of which have been erected in the Colonial era. Places of visit include the Old Parliament (1930), Galle Face Hotel (1864), Independence Square (1948), Race Course (1839), Dutch Hospital (1681), Town Hall (1927), Galle Face Green (1856), Old Colombo Light House (1829), Colombo Light House (1952), Grand Oriental Hotel (1870), Cargills building (1844), and the HSBC building. The tour will shed light on design transformation that took place during the rule of the Dutch and the English. A shopping spree in Colombo’s core commercial district, Pettah is also part of the expedition.

Religious and historic tours
Two tours have been organized to cover the historical and ethnic diversity of the country. One is a stopover at sites of religious worship of the four major religions practiced in Sri Lanka, and the other is a trip to the Bellanvila temple to admire the murals that decorate the Shrine Hall.

The former includes visits to St. Anthony’s Shrine in Kochchikade, Red Mosque in Pettah, Kovil on Vauxhall Street, the Gangarama Temple and the Seema-Malakaya in Colombo 2. As part of the tour, a stop at the Colombo National Museum has also been arranged to further educate guests on Sri Lanka’s rich history.

Food
The ‘food’ aspect of the expedition will be created at Cinnamon Grand’s village in the city Nuga Gama serves authentic Sri Lankan cuisine from various parts of the country.

This is just the beginning. Once operations are under way, the number of excursion packages will increase to cover more areas of interest. The packages can be tailor-made for groups to incorporate two or three of the above.