Colonial Past and Tropical Rain Forest Walk

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Ravi
Registered on May 01, 2023

While I enjoy Kayaking, Scuba and Golf, I have a fascination to learn about other cultures and histories and impart a bit of our own. Comparative history fascinates me. I have travelled to many countries and also lived in France, NZ, USA and UK for Schooling/ Uni and work. This tour, I sometimes combine with or hand over to final year school boys, so they get an exposure in guiding, and use any income they earn to do social projects under their school's Interact Clubs (A junior Rotary movement).

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Focus - colonial heritage, flora, and fauna.
Meet in front of the President's house gates on Hill Street
A stone Anglican chapel with great paintings and the adjoining tropical rain forest (Our Central Park since the 14th century). 


  1. Meet at 9:30 am at the suggested point.
  2. Walk up 600m to an Anglican Stone Chapel and en route I will relate in a nutshell (more jovially than make it heavy) the European influences from 1505 to 1948 and the history of the stone chapel - the largest open-air stone chapel in the world .
  3. In the Chapel... An explanation of the architectural features and the paintings and what controversies it created at the time.
  4. Walk another 600m from there to the entrance of the Tropical Rain Forest and hike a circular route. See plenty of monkeys.. try to spot birds and enjoy the walk while learning about the fauna that exists there. (Binos and bird books at hand)
  5. Walk down to town 750m to introduce guests to a restaurant if they wish.

Above will end with an optional Brunch based on a choice of fun restaurants that may suit one's palette. (Lunch is at personal cost)  

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    14 Sri Dalada Thapowana Vihara Rd, Ka...
    14 Sri Dalada Thapowana Vihara Rd, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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    Entrance to the Trinity College Pool - opposite the Gates of the President's House. I will be there with a yellow cap.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Kandy Municipal Council

    Meeting point

  • 2
    Free admission
    Trinity College Chapel

    1st visit

  • 3
    Entrance not included
    Udawatta Kele Sanctuary

    Walk, view point l, visit information centre within the tropical rain forest

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Gabi 30 Apr 2024

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Travelled in group - Apr 2024
Very disappointed the guide never came nor did he text or message
Victoria 14 Jan 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jan 2024
Ravi is well informed and articulated . Most of the tour consisted of a walk in a forest park, which, after the heavy rain of the days before, was a muddy experience. So, wear good walking shoes.Beside the forest walk we spent about fifteen minutes seeing a nice open chapel in one of the numerous schools in Kandy. We have taken a lot of Guru Walks and this one was not what we expected. The name and description of the tour are misleading.
Lucas 29 Nov 2023

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2023
Tour super recomendable y ravana muy amable, culto y simpatico
Rachel 09 Nov 2023

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2023
Interesting tour with Ravi, to the trinity college chapel and rainforest. Thank you!
Eva Osiander 25 Oct 2023

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Travelled in couple - Oct 2023
Ravi was a super enthusiastic and well informed guide! It was a pleasure exploring the hidden place of Trinity College with him - highly recommended!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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