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Mesmerising Vesak Colombo city tour

Apr 30, 2012 4:17:03 PM - www.ft.lk

Vesak is a time when Colombo comes alive with colour and spiritual festivity. It is an ideal and perfect time to showcase the city of Colombo amidst these unique celebrations. The Colombo City Tour, a unique venture by Sri Lanka Tourism and Ebert Silva Holiday offer exclusive and mesmerising evening tours to both foreign visitors and Sri Lankans to view Colombo like never before during Vesak, on board its unique open deck double decker buses.

The tours will commence from Galle Face Hotel for three memorable evenings on the 5, 6 and 7 May. Scheduled for approximately three and a half hours, the Colombo City Tour will sightsee numerous colourful Vesak zones, many pandols and other vibrant activities scattered across the city. The tickets will be priced separately for upper and lower deck seating with snacks also served on board while on tour.
The Vesak Tours have been a specialty eagerly looked forward to by the young and old alike, now for many seasons.
“We are happy to operate two open deck double decker coaches for the first time during this Vesak. This is taking into account the many we had to turn down during the last season. It is a time of spiritual festivity and this Vesak will undoubtedly light and liven up the city of Colombo which is now opening up into a beautiful garden city,” said Ebert Silva Holidays Managing Director Rajini de Silva Mendis. The venture has now gained immense popularity and heightened the value of touristic experiences the city of Colombo has to offer to its visitors from around the world.
Regular tours are operated three days a week, i.e. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. With both morning and evening tours starting off from the Galle Face Hotel and The Courtyard, the old Dutch Hospital. The weekend city tours give its guests on board comprehensive and matchless views into the less known history and importance of Sri Lanka’s foremost city, that is a rare blend of many cultures in a tapestry of ‘old and new’. For details and reservations, please call 0777 599 963/0777 772 595. Web: www.colombocitytours.com.