Double decker bus tours of Colombo and its surrounding are set to begin early next month, aimed primarily at tourists but available for locals as well.
Initiated by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) in conjunction with Ebert Silva Holidays, the tour which begins at seven in the morning will take tourists to sites in Kotahena, Fort, Pettah, Colpetty and Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte.
Speaking to the Business Times this week, Chairman of the SLTDA and Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Bernard Goonetilleke said the inaugural tour, held last Sunday, covered all places of worship including mosques, churches, kovils and temples as well as areas such as Hulftsdorf, the Parliament complex and Temple Trees. “We have to get the idea going in Colombo,” he said. SLTDA’s Director of International Relations and Research Malraj B. Kiriella said the double decker bus tours will be advertised through various channel including city hotels.
The tour is currently planned for every Sunday but depending on the demand, the SLTDA may increase the frequency, he said. Mr. Kiriella said the tour which finishes at four in the afternoon also includes stops at Independence Square, the national museum and shops. The entire tour will include commentary from a tour guide.
Currently, the tour for Sri Lankans is Rs.950 per person and Rs.500 per child. Foreigners will be charged US$30 for adults and US$22 for children. The tour bus can accommodate 60 passengers and includes a stop for lunch as well.