Attractions in Colombo
The Gangaramaya Temple is one of the most popular and iconic temples located in Colombo. 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, the Gangaramaya Temple Colombo consists of the main temple, a museum, a library and vocational training centers.
Imagine a rural village in the middle of a busy metropolis. This is what “Ape Gama,” which literally means our village, promises its visitors. This curious attraction, that reimagines what Sri Lankan village life was like decades ago, is situated in Sri Lanka’s capital city, across the lake from the Geoffrey Bawa-designed Parliament building.
The SSC Cricket 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.
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.
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 (Bellanwila Temple). Easily accessible and situated along the road to Maharagama this temple holds a special place in Buddhist devotees of Sri Lanka.
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 a Golf club or a 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.
The National Museum Colombo first opened in 1877 with only 800 exhibits showcasing some aspects of the history and culture of Sri Lanka. Today, it has over 100,000 exhibits and the most important library on the island.
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.
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.
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.