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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

61 Sri Jinaratana Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 435169
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61 Sri Jinaratana Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 435169
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Reviewed yesterday

This was such a lovely spot, in the centre of the city, next to the Beira lake. Considered the most important temple in this city of 70% buddhists, it is said to house the hair of Buddha. The main hall with the big idol was...More

Thank Instant-Nids
Reviewed 3 days ago

Gangaramaya Temple is one of the important Buddhist temples in Colombo, a mix of multi-nationals modern architecture and cultural essence. It’s situated near to Beira Lake, includes several imposing buildings. There is a museum, a library, a residential hall, and others are also on the...More

1  Thank zamanwho
Reviewed 4 days ago

Gangaramaya is a beautiful buddhist temple with a large number of buddhist statues. Relics of Lord Buddha can also be viewed here. The Bodhi tree at Gangaramaya is unique in that devotees could actually touch the tree. The elevated situation of the Bodhi tree is...More

Thank chandima333
Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited as part of the Tuk Tuk Safari tour. Spent over an hour there during the full moon holiday. Lots of history attached to the artefacts so worth having a guide.

1  Thank Charlotte M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I have been to many Buddhist temples but never one like this! Not a pretty temple. A labyrinth of rooms filled with gifts from its followers in rooms that need a good clean. Bizarre. And I did feel sorry for the worshippers having to deal...More

Thank Coyote1001
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Usually you pay something minimal for storing your shoes in temples. But 300?! It's also a tourist price and locals pay much less.

Thank Yossi222
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I would not say it's somewhere you can retreat to for quiet meditation. It has grown to become a museum for Buddha statues and quite a "busy busy" atmosphere. Good for exploring and looking around...

Thank Ornella G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth the visit however I do think 300 rupees to take off your shoes is far too expensive. Great temple though. When you first enter you are surprisingly greeted by the Hindu god Ganesh then onto the main shrine room with its impressive statues...More

Thank tjb38
Reviewed 1 week ago

well-kept and neat place with a serene ambience but can do with some more information about the place. the layout is also bit confusing and there is no particular order defined.

Thank Amit B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple is a very beautiful and peaceful place. It is a different kind of temple

1  Thank senuri z
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Anuj H
13 July 2017|
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Response from Roshan F | Reviewed this property |
Hi, If you are staying at Ramada Colombo, Galle Face Beach is across the road from the hotel. so not a problem going there walking. from there you can hop into metre Taxi and go to Temple. From there can go to Bayllys... More
Anuj H
27 June 2017|
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Response from vivek v | Reviewed this property |
Hi Anuj, As far as I know the temple is open till 10pm The entrance is free of cost. There is a lake also nearby Could you let me know when your next day flight is ? I would suggest you to visit the temple in the morning... More
Anuj H
27 June 2017|
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Response from Roshan F | Reviewed this property |
Hi, The temple is located quite close to Ramada Hotel. should be able to get to the temple in 10 minutes. Make sure to use a meter taxi. should not cost more than $1/=. if you need any assistance in Colombo feel free to... More