Attractions in Colombo
The Gangaramaya Temple is one of the most popular and iconic temples located in Colombo. The Gangaramaya temple's architecture features a heterogeneous mix of Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, and Chinese styles. Located on the banks of the famous Beira Lake in Colombo 2, the Gangaramaya consists of the main temple, a museum, a library and vocational training centers.
Sri Lanka, being an island, is known for her amazing beaches and views of the sea. However, in Colombo, it isn’t always easy to find a place where you can enjoy the crashing of the waves and most of all, an undisturbed view of the sunset. Galle Face Green thus attracts a large number of people, especially during the evening, although it is rarely empty, even in the afternoon when there is very little shelter from the scorching sun. Galle Face Green is a half kilometer promenade in the heart of Colombo and was initially laid out in 1859 by Sir Henry Ward, Governor of British Ceylon. The stretch of land was used for horse racing and golf and was known as the Colpetty Race Course.
Designed in the seventies by the prominent architect Geoffrey Bawa, the minimalist Seema Malaka Temple overlooking the scenic Beira Lake is the perfect spot for a meditative retreat or to just relax away from the noise and crowds of Colombo.
This iconic Colombo attraction celebrates Sri Lanka’s Independence from British colonial rule.
Marvel at ancient rock inscriptions, palm leaf manuscripts, fossils, jewelry, paintings and a taxidermy jungle at the National Museum located in Colombo 7.
If you’re visiting Colombo and looking to spend some quality time on the beach, make a beeline to the Mt. Lavinia Beach, a popular venue for both visitors and locals with thousands flocking the beach during weekends and holidays. The Mount Lavinia Beach is also home to some of the most amazing sunsets visible to Sri Lanka. Many restaurants, hotels and bars are located alongside the beach adding to the sheer magnetism of the beach.
The busy and crowded capital city of Colombo doesn’t have many spaces to relax and enjoy the outdoors unless you go to a club such as the Golf club or the Rowing club for which you would usually need membership. The concept of Diyatha Uyana was welcomed as a novel and refreshing change for Colombo city dwellers and tourists probably due to this reason.
Located on the outskirts of Colombo away from the hustle and bustle of city life, lined by beautiful green paddy fields is the Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharya. Easily accessible and situated along the road to Maharagama this temple holds a special place in Buddhist devotees of Sri Lanka.
The SSC Ground in Colombo 7, Sri Lanka, is a legendary cricket venue and the headquarters of Sri Lanka Cricket. Locally called the “Lord's of Sri Lanka,” SSC Ground has hosted the most number of domestic finals and test matches in Sri Lanka.
R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, sometimes called the Premadasa stadium or Khettarama stadium, is the largest cricket venue in Sri Lanka with seating available for 35,000 people.