Stunning beaches, ancient ruins and dramatic landscapes are all key features of the island of Sri Lanka, which should feature on any cruise break around the Far East and Asia.
A cruise around Sri Lanka is the perfect way in which to uncover everything that the country – often referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ - has to offer.
The main destination for those on a Sri Lanka cruise is the city of Colombo, which is located on the western coast of the island.
The historic trading port is now a popular destination for tourists and is packed with plenty of things to see and do. Lovers of architecture will certainly enjoy their time in the city, with buildings influenced by the Portuguese, Dutch and British sitting alongside more traditional Asian designs to create a varied city landscape.
Amongst some of the buildings that are worthy of further exploration are the National Museum of Colombo and the Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque, which has long been regarded as one of the most recognisable city landmarks.
The Gangaramaya Buddhist temple is also one of the most photographed buildings in Colombo and is located in a picturesque position near Beira Lake.
Colombo is also popular for its open space and parks, which includes the Galle Face Green promenade. Sitting alongside the sea, the urban park is the largest open space in the city and is always busy with people making the most of the opportunity to spend time in the open air.
The large Viharamahadevi Park is also popular with those who want to relax outdoors, and is home to a large Buddha statue and numerous impressive fountains.
Sri Lanka is home to a number of impressive beaches for those who want to relax, while inland from Colombo, there is the chance to visit the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawela or to head for one of Sri Lanka’s many tea plantations.