Trip Planning Brief History of Sri Lanka & Map Itinerary of the Tour Daily Log & Photos

Trip Planning and Itinerary

Cocktails - Queen Mary II! Virginia suggested we take a cruise to Sri Lanka for my 80th birthday as that is one country I haven't been to. And to celebrate my birthday in Sri Lanka would be a treat. But my birthday is February 4th and we will be on the Indian Ocean cruising to India so my birthday will be on the ship. Not a bad way to spend my 80th birthday!

We could also visit several other countries that would help me complete my world map of areas I have traveled to. So we ended up going to Dubai, Oman, three cities in India, then Sri Lanka, four countries I hadn't been to in all my world travels.

We will stop in Pucket Thailand, I have been there years ago, stayed for five days and cruised all over the area.

We also will end up the cruise in Singapore and we were there a few years ago after visiting Indonesia. We spent a few days touring the city and gardens.

Review the Itinerary.............

   Brief History of Sri Lanka and a Map

The first Sri Lankan ruler of the Anuradhapura Kingdom, Pandukabhaya, is recorded for the 4th century BCE. Buddhism was introduced in the 3rd century BCE by Arhath Mahinda (son of the Indian emperor Ashoka). The first Tamil ruler of the Anuradhapura Kingdom, Ellalan (Elara), an invader, is recorded for the 2nd century BCE.

The island was divided into numerous kingdoms over the following centuries, intermittently (between CE 9931077) united under Chola rule. Sri Lanka was ruled by 181 monarchs from the Anuradhapura to Kandy periods. From the 16th century, some coastal areas of the country were also controlled by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. Between 1597 and 1658, a substantial part of the island was under Portuguese rule.

Continuing History of Sri Lanka.......

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 Sail to Sri Lanka

    Day 11 - February 11th - Sail to Columbo - Sri Lanka

Don't miss this tour highlighting Colombo's fascinating mix of three former colonial influences blended with its own. Start by riding past the commercial district's Pettah bazaar area, Town Hall, and Vihara Mahdevi Park, formerly British botanical gardens. Pass by Cinnamon Gardens residential district, a former cinnamon plantation, with colonial mansions lining lovely shaded avenues. Visit the National Museum, Galle Face Green, with its joggers and kite flyers, the Colombo Club, and intimate Gangarama Temple. WY21

Sri Lanka Cruise


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