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View Colombo City From Top Deck Of A Double Decker Bus

I was very trilled yesterday when I got the opportunity to travel on the top deck or should I say the second floor, of a double Decker bus in Colombo yesterday. As far as I’m aware there are only three such double decker buses are currently operating in Sri Lanka. Due to this situation very few people have traveled and enjoyed this mode of transport. So I took the below photos to share with you through Sri Lanka News Online website. I hope you enjoy them and leave your comments.

double decker bus

This snapshot showed the double decker bus I traveled in and took the below pictures of the Colombo And Dehiwela Cities. I took the above photo after getting down from the bus at a bus halt in Kollupity, Colombo 3. It’s a Government Public transport bus and plies the bus route No. -100 which is to & from Colombo 11 Pettah central bus stand to Panadura town bus stand.

The bus runs in the Colombo Galle road every few hours each day, so if you are in Colombo, you can see and even hop in for a ride on this rare Double Decker bus and view Colombo from a unique perspective. These kind of Double Decker buses were very popular and more prominent feature of Colombo city a few decades back. Unfortunately as far as I know there are only two other double decker buses currently in operation in Sri Lanka. One of them can be seen around Colombo with the hood of the top deck removed and with advertisements on it saying “Colombo City Tours”.  The third Double Decker bus I know plies the Kandy City to Pilimathalawa Town Bus route in central province.

galle road dehiwela

I got into this Double Decker at a Galle Road bus halt in Dehiwela. I immediately climbed to the top deck of the bus and took this photo.  As you can see you from the Bus’es top deck viewing the front traffic is like looking down upon vehicle, even those big  Tata Buses!

You can see the Dehiwela Galle Road traffic in this picture. In the top right corner you see the Dehiwela Municipal Council Building roof.

bambalapitiya colombo 4

This photo was taken in Bambalapitiya, Colombo 4. In this picture you can see the hood of the front big 60 seater Indian Tata bus. So you can imagine how it feels like to travel on such an elevation. I should think its probably about 10 to 12 feet above ground at the top deck.

wellawatte colombo 6

Another photograph I took from the top deck. This one shows Galle Road traffic on a typical Saturday morning in Wellawatte, Colombo 6. I was sitting in the front first seat of the top deck, right above the Double Decker Bus drivers seat, which was on the below floor. From my elevation the car and vans seems so small and low.  Do you think Giraffe’s maybe looking at us like this?

galle road wellawatte

Another splendid view of Galle Road in Wellawatte, Colombo 06 I was able to capture on camera from the Top deck of the Double Decker. Children and tourist should love such a way of traveling and viewing Colombo City!

3 thoughts on “View Colombo City From Top Deck Of A Double Decker Bus

  1. melba dias

    can his bus be rented for 3 hours on 9/3/12 to take some young children around the city???need price and confirmation and reply as soon as possible//

  2. Aloke Chandra ghosh

    Hello Sir,
    I along with my wife will be in Colombo on 01.2.15 & 02.2.15 I want to see the important landmarks of the b’ful city of Colombo on 1st Feb,2015. Kindly arrange for two of us the 6 hr. tour or a full day tour. We will be staying in Colombo City Hotel in the fort Colombo World Trade Center. Kindly send us the rates. Is online booking possible?
    A C Ghosh.

  3. Nisansala

    Dear All,
    The city of Colombo can be experienced like never before on the open top double deckers of the Colombo City Tours. It is a venture by Sri Lanka Tourism and Ebert Silva Holidays. There is a range of tours to select from and with snacks and a live commentary on board the interesting sites and history of Sri Lanka’s premier city can be experienced with panoramic views on a joyful open top ride!!
    Please visit


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