The beautiful tropical island of Sri Lanka is one of South Asia’s most recommendable tourist destinations. Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise which is home to some of Asia’s best beaches, luscious rainforests, breathtaking mountain scenery, wildlife attractions, and many cultural and leisure attractions. Sri Lanka is also famous for its amazing archeological sites and rich heritage. There are so many amazing sights and attractions in Sri Lanka that the best way to travel is to engage the services of tour agency which offers Sri Lanka tour packages, such as Sunshine Travels & Tours.
Being a predominantly Buddhist nation, Sri Lanka is home to many historic and unique temple. Located in the heart of Colombo is the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple; possibly the most famous temple in Colombo. Known for its amazing architecture, spiritual ambience, and many unique features, the Gangaramaya Buddhis Temple is a must visit temple for any tourist seeking to witness Sri Lanka’s culture and spirituality.
Established in 1885, the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple is a large complex, and contains all the main structures of a traditional Buddist temple; an Image House, a Bo Tree, a Cheitya, a monastery, and a relic chamber. Architecture lovers will find the architecture of the buildings truly fascinating as it is unique fusion of Sri Lanka, Chinese, Thai and Indian styles. The temple is home to hundreds of statues of Lord Buddha, which vary in size and style; many of which are gifts to the Temple from China, Myanmar and Thailand. The many wall paintings in the Image House are of great aesthetic beauty, and depict images of gods and Sri Lanka folklore. One of the most unique aspects of the temple is that it has its own museum, which has a collection of many rare and invaluable artifacts, such as thrones, ancient coins, elephant tusks and many priceless statues.
Visiting this temple in the evening or early in the morning is assured to be a serene, spiritual and cultural experience, so do make sure you visit the Gangaramaya Temple.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.