Places to visit in Colombo

Top Things to Do in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Places to Visit in Colombo


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Top Attractions in Colombo

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What travellers are saying

  • Roslyn138
    Wrexham, UK1,047 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We arrived by cruise ship on the last leg of our trip and decided on a 3 hour taxi trip around the city €30 .
    The first stop was Gangaramaya Temple . It was a large complex which is the oldest temple in Colombo , an eclectic mix of Thai , Indian as well as Chinese structures. There is an admission cost but it’s only £2 - keep the ticket as you will use it for the temple by the lake .
    There is the temple as well as museum- with artefacts from the country’s past . As you would expect numerous Buddha statues - even the smallest in a glass box that you need a magnifying glass to see.
    We then visited the temple by lake Beira which was breathtaking and serene. Our only mistake was not to book a guide to explain the various parts of the temple .
    Written 11 May 2024
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  • Kekin2011
    Mumbai, India301 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were here on an early Saturday morning. It was quite busy but in a good way. People were walking, exercising and sunbathing as well. Our hotel, Berjaya was right beside the beach and we had an over-bridge to reach the beach from our hotel (there was a train track under the bridge). There were a few restaurants that were literally on the beach itself.

    It's a fairly long beach. There were some watersports activities happening. I remember jet skiing. Although, we didn't do any.
    Written 31 January 2021
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  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, DC6,641 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    During our tuktuk tour, we briefly stopped here to take some pictures. It was quite hot, like 90 degrees when we visited, so just a brief visit here. Will try visit again late in the pm to enjoy its views and ambience.
    Written 7 March 2024
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  • oldiesontherun
    Norfolk229 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A trip to this museum was part of a complimentary tour from our hotel. There was lots to see there but there were lots of staircases.
    Written 30 January 2024
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  • Nilushen
    Colombo, Sri Lanka645 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The temple is praised for its elaborate architecture, including a stunning main entrance and intricate carvings. Some reviewers mention its significance as a Buddhist pilgrimage site, believed to have been visited by the Buddha himself. Many visitors find the temple serene and calming, a great place for prayer and reflection. The large reclining Buddha statue is a popular attraction, along with the dagoba (stupa) and the sacred bo tree. There's also a museum on the premises. As with any religious site in Sri Lanka, it's respectful to cover your shoulders and knees. Maintain silence while devotees are praying, and be mindful of your actions while exploring the temple grounds. If you want to avoid crowds, consider going on a weekday or earlier in the day. Be aware that some ceremonies might limit access to certain areas. Overall, Kelaniya Temple seems to be a popular destination for both pilgrims and tourists, offering a beautiful space for cultural immersion and spiritual reflection.
    Written 23 April 2024
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  • S P
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice shops, bars and restaurants are there. But I felt that all are formal rather than live and buzzing happy go lucky atmosphere is missing.
    Written 3 March 2024
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  • Maximilian
    Hong Kong, China1,672 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque is a stunning architectural marvel, offering an awe-inspiring glimpse into spiritual and cultural richness. The intricate design and vibrant colors of the mosque make it a must-visit. However, the experience was slightly marred by unclear information regarding opening hours, causing some confusion during the visit. A clearer schedule would enhance the visitor experience significantly.
    Written 19 December 2023
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