Colombo Cruises, Sri Lanka
- Cricket’s a way of life in Sri Lanka, and one of the country’s top grounds is in the heart of Colombo. The R Premadasa Stadium has hosted hundreds of international matches, and can fit more spectators than London’s iconic Lords Cricket Ground.
- Viharamahadevi Park is a welcome slice of green in Colombo’s urban centre. Take a stroll along the pathways, and you’ll see a giant Buddha statue, ornate water fountains and a mini-zoo.
- The National Museum of Colombo has the biggest collection of artefacts and exhibits in the country. The whitewashed building’s finished in a Neoclassical style, and inside you’ll find items like the throne and crown of historic Kandyan kings.
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On this trip, you can enjoy a tour of Colombo’s highlights, followed by a buffet lunch featuring traditional Sri Lankan dishes. Like many capital cities, Colombo is a patchwork of modern skyscrapers and age-old monuments. As your coach weaves through the Fort and Pettah neighbourhoods, you’ll see colonial buildings like the Town Hall and the Old Parliament, interspersed with colourful markets and green gardens. You can hop out at Asokaramaya Temple to take a closer look – this Buddhist shrine is teeming with brightly coloured statues. You’ll also have the chance to spend a few rupees on local crafts, before tucking into a buffet lunch. The menu includes dishes like seafood salad, Singapore noodles with chicken, and freshly caught fish
This tour gives you a glimpse of Sri Lanka’s past and present, thanks to Colombo’s varied architecture. Newly-built skyscrapers rub shoulders with colonial relics – you’ll start your day with a drive-by of the whitewashed Clock Tower, the grand Old Parliament, and the tranquil Gangaramaya Temple. The Cinnamon Gardens and Independence Square are on the list, too. But the highlight is Sri Subramaniya Kovil. Covered with statues of Hindu deities, this intricate temple’s the most impressive in the city. After your tour of Colombo’s busy streets, find out more about its history at the National Museum. Open since 1877, this treasure trove’s home to ancient art and sculptures, as well as weapons and paintings from Colonial times. Round off the morning with refreshments at the Taj Samudra Hotel.
Take in the charming sights of Sri Lanka’s capital city on this fascinating walking tour. You’ll start off in the Pettah neighbourhood, famous for its busy market and the eye-catching Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque. Also known as the Red Mosque, this statement building’s one of a kind, with striking brickwork and soaring minarets. Next, you’ll be driven to Gangaramaya Temple, where your walking tour continues past the Town Hall and Viharamahadevi Park. You’ll also see the curling Nelum Pokuna Performing Arts Theatre, designed like a birds nest. Your tour finishes in Independence Square, where you’ll have time to grab a photo before heading back to the ship.