The Galle Face Green is a beautiful beach park which covers an area of almost five hectares and is in the fort area of Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo. Enjoy yourself and forget the worries of your day by indulging in a vast span of activities like kite flying, fishing, football, beach volleyball, jogging, or just taking a relaxing stroll by the beach.
The Gangaramaya Temple is a unique blend of architecture and culture and a place for Buddhist learning and worship. It also effectively takes part in social welfare. It was built first in the 19th century and started by the famous scholar-monk Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Nayaka Thera. The temple is a unique blend of architectural styles from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Chinese and India.
The National Museum, one of the tourist places in Colombo, is a two-storey building which is the largest museum in Sri Lanka. It dates back to 1877 and has a colonial vibe with a rich history covering 2500 years. The founder of the museum was William Henry Gregory, British Governor of Ceylon from 1872–1877. The building’s artworks have an essence of the Dutch, Portuguese and British Colonial times, along with the display of significant ancient and local artefacts, farming methods, tools and traditional craft. The museum’s construction is very well planned out and easy to navigate through the corridor and the guards guide you to the various galleries. It has three main sections, including natural science, cultural galleries and a gift shop. It houses plenty of items of the ancient and colonial period so you will need at least 2-3 hours for the tour.
The Colombo Dutch Museum, another tourist place in Colombo, is a beautiful two-story building which is a storehouse of some fantastic architecture and history of Dutch colonial rule of Sri Lanka. The Colombo Dutch museum was initially a the residence of the Dutch governor- Thomas Van Rhee, and it was inside the walls of this museum that a treaty was signed with the Dutch.
St. Anthony's Shrine, built in 1828, is dedicated to St. Anthony of Padua and is a modern Roman Catholic church in the Kochchikade, Kotahena of Colombo.The shrine has an impressive Renaissance architecture and is a place of miracles and faith for both Catholics and non-Catholics. It attracts worshipers at all times of the day, especially on Sundays and is thus one of the most sought after attractions of Colombo. The 1st floor has a small museum dedicated to the memory of the patron saint, St. Anthony. The locals have a great belief that a lot of healing takes place at this Church. Amidst the crowd, the Church still exhibits a serene and godly atmosphere. There is also a shop where you can pick up some relics.
Located in the town of Pettah in Colombo, Wolvendaal Church is one of the more significant remnants of the Dutch Colonial era and is one of the oldest Protestant Churches in Sri Lanka that is still in use. Constructed in 1757, according to Roman and Greek architectural influences, Wolvendaal is truly a sight to behold.
Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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A temple entirely built of granite in the heart of Colombo, Sri Ponnambalam Vanesar Kovil mesmerizes the masses with its intricate carvings and designs. People from all over the world, including locals alike, flock to this temple to pray and sit in the presence of the divine. Cameras are banned inside the premises, but it is still among one of the must-visit tourist places in Colombo.
Timings: 5:00 AM to 8:30 PM
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