In a dramatic setting about 7 miles away from Colombo is the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, a temple dedicated to Buddha, who is believed to have visited the site on his third visit to Sri Lanka. Being situated on the banks of Kelani River, the temple and its surroundings look all the more alluring.
Establishment and RestorationsThe temple, established in 5th century BC, has undergone destruction and restoration several times. Some of the records in Mahawansa state that the original structure treasured a gem-studded... read more
A visit to the Gangaramaya Temple is a must while in Colombo. This Vihara Buddhist Temple displays a blend of modern architecture and cultural spirit of the country. What’s more fascinating is the mix of Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, and Chinese structural design in this temple. The peace-emanating atmosphere and placidity of Lake Beira on the southern end collectively enhance the beauty of this shrine.
Inside the TempleAll the quintessential features of a Vihara are present here- the Cetiya (Pagoda) the Bodh... read more
Seema Malaka Temple stands on the tranquil waters of the Beira Lake, in the southern part of Colombo city. This temple standing on three manmade podiums is built in conjunction with the nearby main Gangaramaya Temple. The original temple, built in the 19th century by Venerable Hikkaduwe Sri Sumanagala Nayaka Thera, gradually sank in the water. It was in 1979 that Geoffrey Bawa was commissioned to redesign it.
The DesignUniqueness of this temple is not only credited to the striking location but also to the mode... read more
Viharamahadevi Park is one of the many sites which made Colombo be known as The Garden City of the East. Named after Queen Viharamahadevi, mother of King Dutugamunu, this park is a remnant of the British colonial era in Sri Lanka. It also happens to be the biggest park in the city.
HistoryDuring the British era, Charles Henry de Soysa donated a large piece of land to the Colombo city on which this park was developed. Opposite to this massive green space stands the colonial Town Hall building. Initially it was kn... read more
R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo has been titled as the ‘Home of Sri Lankan Cricket’ and it truly is. With a seating capacity of 35,000 spectators, exceeding that of Lord’s, it is the largest cricket stadium in Sri Lanka. This place has been host to several notable Tests, ODIs as well as T20s. Surely a place to be visited in Colombo, even if you are not a cricket buff.
HistoryThe stadium has been named after late Sri Lankan president Ranasinghe Premadasa, under whose orders it was constructed. O... read more
Housed in a massive white building in Colombo is Sri Lanka National Museum, holding thousands of treasures from the country’s past. The moment you set your eyes on this museum, you would be able to tell that it is a colonial structure, built like most other European buildings.
EstablishmentDoors to this premiere cultural wealth were opened on 1st January 1877. It was founded by Sir William Henry Gregory, the then British Governor of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), who was persuaded by the Royal Asiatic Society (CB) fo... read more
St. Thomas Chapel is famed for its religious, historic as well as artistic significance. It is a part of the St. Thomas Anglican Church and school by the same name. Located in St. Thomas College of Colombo city, the chapel is visited by college students as well as tourists without paying any entry fee. Established sometime in the mid nineteenth century, it has fascinating murals and paintings inside. The most striking feature inside is the Mural of Transfiguration done by renowned Sri Lankan artist David Paynter. C... read more