Saturday, November 9, 2013
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Friday, October 11, 2013
“Colombo City Walking Tour with Mark Forbes”
Reviewed October 6, 2013 NEW
I arrived in Colombo on September 11 2013 and spent my first afternoon on the city walk with Mark and a small group of other enthusiastic visitors. Mark has an excellent standard of English and speaks very distinctly. His enthusiasm for the city where he now resides is infectious. He has a lovely easy style and has that wonderful quality of being totally relaxed while still imparting just the right amount of information and tailoring it to the needs of the group. This was my second visit to Colombo and I found I looked on the city with fresh eyes during the tour. As Colombo is a very noisy and hectic city a walk through the historical district and a visit to the Petah is really the best way to see and experience the city. Mark's love and respect for his fellow citizens in Colombo informs his dialogue and is most endearing. The sights, smells and photo opportunities on this walk are endless. Since returning back home I can honestly say that the walk was indeed the highlight of the trip for me. I cannot recommend the walk enough even for those who may be on a return visit to the city. It is very easy to book the walk online and Mark's wife, Ruvi, is just as enthusiastic as her husband and extremely courteous and efficient, a real pleasure to deal with. I hope their walks go from strength to strength, they deserve to do very well and have put Colombo on the map for today's tourist. Mary (Ireland)
Visited September 2013
“A fascinating walking tour with Mark Forbes”
Reviewed October 8, 2013 NEW
This was a fascinating insight into Colombo. Mark is passionate about the history of Colombo and his knowledge of the local area outstanding. He knew all there was to know about the Fort area, Dutch Hospital and other buildings which are currently being restored. His passion for history and photography is evident when he walks alongside pointing out famous landmarks. And giving advice on where to get the best photographs.. The tea and cake stop at the Grand Oriental Hotel, was a treat. It gave us time to just sit and enjoy the scenery of the port before we headed off to the pettah ( Market) to take i the sights and sounds of everyday life in this amazing country. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who has half a day to spare in Colombo.
Visited October 2013
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Friday, September 13, 2013
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Had an amazing time yesterday waking and discovering a city that I lived in for over a year and so good to see that the Government is actively restoring and preserving this amazing part of town. Thank you Mark Forbes for taking us around and showing this amazing city and being so passionate about what you are doing loved every single minute. In my books ColoboColombo City walks ( Sri Lanka) is a must do for every one who is visiting Colombo.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
“A wonderful finale to our Sri Lankan Holiday”
Reviewed May 18, 2013
Having read reviews on Trip Adviser for many years but never having posted anything before I feel compelled to break that as we had a superb experience yesterday on a very interesting and informative tour of Colombo. Before visiting the city we had heard that many people recommended giving it a miss and concentrating their time on the rest of Sri Lanka. Therefore we were uncertain of what to expect from our 1 day stay but having spent 3 hours with the charming, enthusiastic and extremely articulate Mark Forbes on his walking tour we were very glad that we decided to visit the city. Mark is passionate and extremely well informed about Sri Lanka and Colombo in particular and he guided us through the Old Fort area where we saw all the amazing old buildings,many of which were thankfully beginning to be refurbished. After a stop for a cup of tea in the Grand Oriental Hotel looking out over the Harbour Area and imagining what it was like in days gone by we headed to Pettha where we were quickly immersed in all the sights, sounds and scents of the bustling trading area. All in all a fascinating way to spend 3 hours with Mark who clearly is very well liked and respected by many of the locals we met en route. Put this on your to do list.
Visited May 2013
Monday, April 8, 2013
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
pick-up time is 3.00pm at relevant guest’s hotel (within Colombo city limits)a drive from there into Pettah
where they are dropped off and the walk commences we will cover a few streets in Pettah – such as 1st, 2nd
cross streets stop over at the Dutch museum proceed to the commercial hub of Fort covering
architectural sights along the way stop over at the Dutch hospital for refreshments* proceed to the
lighthouse in time to view the sunset walk along Galle face Green and ending the walk at Galle Face
Duration of walk:
Our walks are generally 3 - 4 hours and are conducted in the evening-time allowing the body to battle the
humidity levels and experience the wind-down time of island culture.
March City Walks.
Judy Mary Duncan (nee Howard) in 1956 outside The New Chinese Shop she was 11 Years old.
What a privilege having Her Experiencing Colombo City Walks.
Thanks to Magicalisle holidays & Experience Travel (UK)
Friday, March 29, 2013
Reviewed March 26, 2013
I have come to Sri Lanka for almost 40 years and lost count how many times I have visited this beautiful island. On one of our trips I met Mark while in a National Park (Kulu Safari). Already then, he was very passionate and knowledgeable as our guide in Udawalawe National Park. When I heard he was doing these city walks in Colombo, I knew I had to take this opportunity and discover parts of Colombo that I have never been to before. And I was not disappointed! Mark and his charming wife Ruvi took us on a trip back in time to the old parts of Colombo, showing us hidden gems, where I’m sure most Sri Lankans have never been to! I was amazed to see different parts of the old Fort (i.e. old Cargills, where I remember we used to shop many many years ago…) and of course bustling Pettha was an experience of its own… If you want to really see what Colombo is like take a walk with Mark and you will experience this city from a non-touristic angle. Mark will tell you a story about almost every building in the area, its history and he is very concerned that all these gems are preserved. So you are not only going to have lots of fun and learn a lot about Colombo and the Sri Lankan history, you will also support Mark and Ruvi in their efforts to preserve these precious old colonial houses and hidden treasures of Colombo! A cup of tea with a piece of cake in between, as well as a drink at the end will keep you going Don’t miss this walk!
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Imagine this: you are visiting old close friends now living in Colombo. They take you on a three hour walk of the inner city and you are introduced to the Dutch Hospital, now turned into a hip restaurant and shopping mall. You leisurely walk passed old buildings which are being renovated to former glory, you see the old shopping plaza Cargill's which will be Raffles Hotel in a few years. Time for tea and butter cake from Grand Oriental Hotel overlooking the busy port. Then cross a few streets and into the craziness of Peta, the old market with its maze of narrow alleys. The "close friends"? Ruvi and Mark from Colombo City Walks. A must-see when you are in town.
Visited March 2013
Visited March 2013