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Colombo 2012

Once again, I had a big chunk of airmiles burning a hole in my virtual pocket, and it was time to explore the most efficient way to use British Airways’ generosity to my own advantage. I had a hankering to explore South Asia. Unfortunately, I was banned from India and had no desire to see Pakistan again. However, I could get to Sri Lanka for very little actual investment, leaving me some extra cash to spend on accommodations and excursions. So I booked myself a flight to the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo for June 2012, and a suite at the Hilton from which to explore the city and other parts of the country.

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Arrived to a torrential downpour! What’s worse is that no-one told me that Sri Lankan drivers are the World’s MOST dangerous. Very scary trip from the airport to central Colombo.

The Hilton, Colombo

Colombo, Sri Lanka
The view from my hotel room in Colombo, Sri Lanka. You can see Galle Face Green Promenade on the right hand side.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Hilton Colombo, Sri Lanka
Hotel gardens
Hilton Colombo, Sri Lanka

Exploring Colombo

Presidential Secretariat, Colombo
Presidential Secretariat, Colombo
Presidential Secretariat, Colombo
Presidential Secretariat, Colombo
Mobile Pizza Hut in Colombo
Mobile Pizza Hut in Colombo. Now why can’t we have these at home???
Sri Lankan Tuk-Tuk
Sri Lankan Tuk-Tuk
Parliament Building
Parliament Building
Temple of Sri Kailawasanathan Swami Devasthanam Kovil
This is the Temple of Sri Kailawasanathan Swami Devasthanam Kovil. The main Hindu Temple in Colombo. I was urged to go inside but didn’t want to crash the wedding taking place when I arrived!
Temple of Sri Kailawasanathan Swami Devasthanam Kovil
The intricately carved Temple of Sri Kailawasanathan Swami Devasthanam Kovil
Main Street, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Main Street, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Masjid in Pettah, Colombo
Got a very warm welcome at this Masjid in Pettah, Colombo. I just love the idea of visiting and praying in as many different Mosques as possible.
Masjid in Pettah, Colombo
Dutch Reform Church in Colombo
Dutch Reform Church in Colombo. It’s the oldest church on the island and everything inside is 200+ years old. Was a bit uncomfortable as the caretaker showed me around and everywhere you go you are walking on the graves of the Dutch settlers who built it.
Dutch Reform Church in Colombo
Dutch Reform Church in Colombo
Dutch Reform Church in Colombo
Dutch Reform Church in Colombo
The main Catholic Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The main Catholic Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Shaykh Usman Walliyullah Shrine and Mosque
Shaykh Usman Walliyullah Shrine and Mosque. Prayed here too, but it felt more like a business than a place of worship. Not comfortable!
Shaykh Usman Walliyullah Shrine and Mosque
Shaykh Usman Walliyullah Shrine and Mosque
Shaykh Usman Walliyullah Shrine and Mosque
Shaykh Usman Walliyullah Shrine and Mosque
Baptist Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka
The main Baptist Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It’s just a stone’s throw from the local Mosque.
Sunset, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Last night in Colombo. Watching the sunset.

Independence Square

Independence Square, Colombo
Independence Square, dedicated to “Father of the Nation” Don Stephen Senanayake, the first Prime Minister of Ceylon.
Independence Square, Colombo
Independence Square, Colombo
Independence Square, Colombo
Independence Memorial Museum, Colombo
Independence Memorial Museum, Colombo
Independence Memorial Museum
Independence Memorial Museum, Colombo
Independence Memorial Museum, Colombo
Independence Memorial Museum
Independence Memorial Museum, Colombo
Independence Memorial Museum, Colombo
Independence Memorial Museum, Colombo
Independence Memorial Museum, Colombo

Victoria Park

Victoria Park, Colombo
Entrance to Victoria Park, Colombo
Victoria Park, Colombo
Victoria Park, Colombo
Victoria Park, Colombo
Victoria Park, Colombo
Victoria Park, Colombo
Parliament Building, Victoria Park, Colombo
Parliament Building in Colombo as seen from Victoria Park.

Gangaramaya Temple

The Gangaramaya Temple is the main Buddhist temple in central Colombo, and sits next to the beautiful Beira Lake. Built in the 19th century, no expense was spared by the wealthy shipping merchant who established it. I’m ashamed to admit I forgot to take my shoes off before I went inside to explore. No-one pointed out my faux pas, and I felt really bad afterwards that I’d inadvertently disrespected the people and the place!

The Gangaramaya Temple
Entrance to the main Buddhist Temple in Colombo – The Gangaramaya.
The Gangaramaya Temple
The Gangaramaya Temple
The Gangaramaya Temple
The Gangaramaya Temple
Inside the main Buddhist Temple in Colombo, and I could have sworn I’ve seen this guy somewhere before. Isn’t he the Akuma character from Street Fighter IV??? Think I’m kidding? Google it!
The Gangaramaya Temple
The Gangaramaya Temple
The Gangaramaya Temple
The Gangaramaya Temple
Beira Lake, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Beira Lake, Colombo
Beira Lake, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Beira Lake, Colombo
Beira Lake, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Beira Lake, Colombo
Beira Lake, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Beira Lake, Colombo
Beira Lake, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Beira Lake, Colombo

The National Museum of Colombo

The National Museum of Colombo.
The National Museum of Colombo.
The National Museum of Colombo.
The National Museum of Colombo.
The National Museum of Colombo.
The National Museum of Colombo.
OMG!! Boooooobies!!
The National Museum of Colombo.
The National Museum of Colombo.
Inside The National Museum of Colombo.
Inside The National Museum of Colombo.
Inside The National Museum of Colombo.
Exploring the agricultural roots of Ceylon.
Inside The National Museum of Colombo.
Exploring the agricultural roots of Ceylon.
Inside The National Museum of Colombo
Inside The National Museum of Colombo – yes that’s a dinosaur.
Inside The National Museum of Colombo
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