Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Cruising to Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colours and culture

As Sri Lanka's biggest city and colonial port, Colombo encompasses many of the themes and cultural nuances that run throughout the country and draws together everything attractive about this island nation.

A veritable hive of markets, gardens and structures that are humble and grand, there is plenty here to impress any cruise-goer. There is much to experience, from the colonial history to the fine dining and shopping opportunities.

Of course, there is the wide slab of beachfront to enjoy, but Colombo is principally an urban playground rather than a sunbathing paradise. A host of cultural attractions await - the Fort, Cinnamon Gardens and Pettah are all worth a visit.

Foodies should drop in on the capacious Pagoda Tea Room, which stakes a claim to the venerable title The Oldest Eating Establishment In The City. Whether it is or not, it certainly serves up a fantastic curry - a big pile of rice topped by delicately spiced coconut, chilli and vegetable concoctions.

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