Attractions in Colombo
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.
Renowned for its open air bazaars and markets, Pettah is by far Sri Lanka’s busiest commercial area. It is where most of Sri Lanka’s trading is done. From textiles to vegetables, fruits, grains, spices, condiments and stationery to electronic items, chemicals, toys and so much more, Pettah is dusty, noisy and as they say, where the rubber meets the road!
Marvel at ancient rock inscriptions, palm leaf manuscripts, fossils, jewelry, paintings and a taxidermy jungle at the National Museum located in Colombo 7.
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.
Situated 10km away from the heart of Colombo is the Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya. The ancient chronicle ‘Mahavamsa’ states that on the eighth year following enlightenment; the Buddha visited Kelaniya with 500 Bikkhus (Monks) on the invitation of King Maniakkhikha to preach the dhamma.
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.
Situated in the ancient kingdom in the central highlands of the country Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy also known as Dalada Maligawa is considered one of the holiest and sacred sites for Buddhists. It is believed that the Temple is home to one of the tooth relics of Lord Buddha.More..