2018 HAL World Cruise
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
We have visited Colombo several times and always find something new and interesting to do. The one constant is a stop at the Galle Face Hotel for a Pimms before heading back to the ship! The following photos will chronical the day:
As is often customary, our ship is welcomed by local performers.
Musicians, dancers, and even a few acrobatics!
Sri Lankan dancers upon our arrival.
We hired Kuman and his van right on the dock. He agreed to take us around Colombo for US$150.00 total/all day. There were six of us.
The preferred local mode of transportation is the Tuk Tuk.
We began the day with a drive through the Fort area–the old town district near the port. This doorway caught my attention. It seemed so very picturesque!
There is a huge market in the Fort area. This is just a small glimpse of Pettah Market.
Jami-aul-Alfar Mosque, built in 1909 with red and white bricks, is the oldest mosque in Colombo.
St. Lucia Church is Roman Catholic.
Siva Subramaniya Hindu Temple is one of the largest Hindu temples in Colombo.
Snake Charmer outside the Hindu Temple
Oh yeah, it’s a real cobra!
The “Wanna-Be” snake charmer!
Sri Lanka is religiously pluralistic. 70.2% Buddhist; 12.6% Hindu; 9.7% Muslim, and 7.4% Christian. Gangaramaya Temple is the largest Buddhist temple in Colombo.
Inside the Gangaramaya Temple grounds.
The Seema Malaka Temple in Beira Lake. The lake was once used to transport goods within the city. This meditation center was designed by Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lanka’s best known architect.
Sema Malaka Temple
Part of Beira Lake
This building was under consruction last year. It does not appear to be finished yet. But what an odd concept. This architect definitely has a sense of humor!
Wheelchair-bound tennis players spied as we drove thru the city.
There are lovely old buildings in Cinnamon Gardens, a charming community of fine homes, restaurants, and embassies.
Love that fan-shaped palm!
We stopped at the The Cricket Club for libations! Our driver is a player and a member of the league.
Lion beer is the local preference. Tiger and Carlsberg are bottled locally. All else is imported.
The Cricket Club has a nice atmosphere.
Colombo has a population over 1.5 million. They all seem to be on the road at the same time!
Lobby of the Galle Face Hotel. Built in 1864, it is one of the oldest hotels east of Suez. It is the first Sri Lanka hotel featured on a postage stamp. Arthur C. Clarke wrote the final chapters of “2001: The Final Odyssey” here.
Galle Face Hotel lobby with an amazing wall that appears to be carved wood tiles.
Driving through modern Colombo on Galle Road as we head back to the ship. The end of another day.
Our next port is Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles