If you are fascinated by history, culture, and religion, then you might consider taking your next cruise from Colombo, Sri Lanka. Filled with just about something for everyone, Colombo is a wonderful blend of old-world and modern-day. In addition to a scenic waterfront, you will discover curious temples, shrines, churches, parks and beaches. There are also some fabulous shopping opportunities, as well as a bunch of modern tourist attractions (such as casinos, amusement parks, and golf clubs). Plus, you’ll never go hungry, as many parts of Colombo are filled street food vendors. From freshly spicy samosas to fresh seafood specialties and as much curry and spice as you can handle, your taste buds are in for one unforgettable feast.
A great time to visit Colombo is between January and March, as that is when the least amount of rainfall tends to occur.
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These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Colombo, along with a brief description:
♦ Gangaramaya Temple
Gangaramaya Temple is one of the most significant and most visited temples in Colombo. This 19th century sanctuary is situated on Beira lake and boasts an interesting blend of contemporary architecture (Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, and Chinese influences) with cultural roots. In addition to the main temple, there is also a Bodhi tree and a museum that showcases Buddha and Hindu God statues, old cars and other artifacts. If you only have time to visit one temple while visiting Colombo, you won’t regret checking out the Gangaramaya Temple.
♦ Galle Face Green
If you’re looking to have a fabulous time outdoors, consider paying a visit to Galle Face Green before or after your cruise from Colombo. This 12-acre urban park stretches 1,600 feet along Colombo’s beautiful coastline. Galle Face Green is especially popular for picnics, kite-flying, local street food vendors, sunset-watching, and immersing yourself in the local atmosphere. It is also conveniently located in close proximity to a few major hotels, including the Ceylon Inter-Continental Hotel and Galle Face Hotel.
♦ Pettah Floating Market
No visit to Colombo is complete without visiting a traditional floating market. The Pettah Floating Market features 92 red-roofed stalls that sell locally sourced produce and artisan crafts. If you’re looking to enjoy a relaxing and peaceful afternoon with great scenery and food, this is a great place to do it. The market is open from 8 AM to 8 PM (subject to change).
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