Colombo from our hotel window
Towards the top left are the cylindrical Bank of Ceylon Tower and the twin towers of the World Trade Centre, (see later)
and that is not an inappropriate attempt at humour, that is really what they are called.
|Masked Dancers, Parade rehearsal, Colombo|
|Dancers, Parade rehearsal, Colombo|
|Drummers, Parade rehearsal, Colombo|
|Elephant, Parade rehearsal, Colombo|
|Lynne's view of the parade rehearsal, Colombo|
|Stupa, Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo|
… while near it is a bhodi tree grown from a shoot from the venerable tree in Anuradhapura. Many visitors were making clockwise circuits of the tree, reverently touching the large horizontal bough on each circuit,…..
I liked the row of dwarves holding up one of the buildings around the central courtyard.
Outside, an impressive series of panels describes the early life of the Buddha. I particularly liked the one of the Buddha fasting. His road to enlightenment had many twists and turns, and a prolonged fast was one of those twists; moderation in all things is the Buddhist way, avoiding over-eating (yes, I know!) and over-aggressive fasting.
At the centre of the fort is a clock tower lighthouse. The clock tower was constructed in 1857 allegedly because the governor’s wife was exasperated by oriental time keeping. The light was added ten years later and signalled to approaching shipping for a century until the surrounding buildings grew too high and a new lighthouse was built in a more appropriate location.
We were able to have a look at the docks…
Across the road from the floating market is an area where railways lines converge as they approach Colombo’s main station. Driving along empty and rather desolate roads between high fences is a strange approach to the delightful Sri Kailasanthar Swami Devashthanam Kovil. It is reputedly Colombo’s oldest Hindu temple, but no source says how old it is, nor explains why it is known in English as the Captain's Garden Temple.
|Gopura, Captain's Garden Temple (Sri Kailasanthar Swami Devashthanam Kovil), Colombo|
|Main hall, Captains' Garden Temple (Sri Kailasanthar Swami Devashthanam Kovil), Colombo|
|Chapel, Captain's Garden Temple (Sri Kailasanthar Swami Devashthanam Kovil), Colombo|
|Coconuts for Puja, Captain's Garden Temple, (Sri Kailasanthar Swami Devashthanam Kovil), Colombo|
|Dutch Church, Colombo|
…..to the Independence Memorial with its statute of Don Stephen Senanayake, the first prime minister of an independent Sri Lanka, then still called Ceylon.
|Don Stephen Senanayake, Independent Sri Lanka's first Prime Minister, Independence Memorial, Colombo|
|Colombo City Hall|
Part 8: The Horton Plains, Nuwara Eliya and a Cup of Tea
Part 9: Through Bandarawela and on to Ella
Part 10: Ella, Little Adam's Peak and the Demodara Bridge
Part 11: The Sinharaja Rainforest
Part 12: Kataragama and the Yala National Park
Part 13: Through Hambantota to Mirissa
Part 14: Galle, Fish and a Fort
Part 15: Colombo, National Day and a Full Moon