The Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo stupefies tourists and visitors that come to Colombo by its beauty and peacefulness. The intricate carvings, unique fusion architecture and the calm, centred vibes it radiates attract so many local and foreign devotees and arts and culture enthusiasts. Here are certain things that could come in handy when you visit the temple.
How to get there
The temple is located in Colombo, around 30km away from the Bandaranaike Airport. If you’re planning to stay in Colombo for a few days, you can leisurely visit this temple as it is very close to all the best hotels in Colombo such as the likes of Mandarina Colombo. You can ride the bus or catch a tuk, both relatively cheap methods compared to hailing a taxi or ordering an uber.
Best time to visit
The best time to plan your trip here is somewhere between February and April as the weather in Colombo is milder and the temple’s annual moon festival takes place in February. You’ll be able to witness this holy event and see the temple decorated with flags and lanterns and glowing lights. If you’re visiting the temple during the day, it’s best if you could go in the morning or mid-day during prayer times.
The unique architecture of the temple
This temple attracts crowds from all over because of its fusion style architecture. The temple boasts mixed elements from Indian, Thai Chinese and Sri Lankan architectural styles. You can also see a perfect miniature replica of Boro Budur in Central Java here. The relic chamber of this temple also houses various statues and relics from various countries that will drive art and history buffs mad.
Tips for first timers
This is a holy place of worship for locals so please make sure to dress in modest clothing and to avoid shorts and clothes that leave your arms and shoulders bare. Although you won’t be charged a fee to enter the premises, there is a fee to see the museum. So, it is wise to carry loose Sri Lankan rupees with you. The temple is filled with so many beautiful photographic moments so please make sure you carry your camera.