The Gangaramaya Temple is more than just a place of worship as it also serves as a learning facility for Buddhists and cultural students. This place is intact, a treasure trove of interesting elements and lovely sights to explore, attracting thousands of tourists from all over the world.
Location: 61 Sri Jinarathana Rd, Colombo 00200, Sri Lanka
Timing: 6 AM to 10 PM
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara
The place is also well-known for being a place of worship for the popular Ramayana character, Vibhishana. The place contains paintings depicting various stages of Lord Buddha's life as well as a clear depiction of the stories in the renowned Jataka Tales.
Each painting's representation has a clear moral that corresponds to Lord Buddha's eightfold path principles. The place has a spiritual atmosphere and people from all over the world come to visit the place and admir le it's serenity.
Location: Peliyagoda 11600, Sri Lanka
Timing: Open 24 hours a day
Inside, the bright white domed structure conceals a riot of colourful statues and painted murals. There is also a beautiful Bo Tree and a 40-foot-tall Buddha statue at the temple. Isipathanaramaya is a local temple in Havelock Town that is just far enough south to be off the beaten path. It's a tranquil and peaceful setting and is breathtakingly beautiful.
Location: Isipathana Road, Colombo 00500, Sri Lanka
Timing: 9 AM to 4.30 PM
Sri Kailawasanathan Swami Devasthanam
It was also known as the Captain's Garden Kovil in earlier days. This Colombo temple is the oldest Hindu Temple in the city, dedicated to the gods Ganesha and Shiva, and is a popular matrimonial venue.
Intricate sculptures, stone-carved masterpieces, and a detailed lotus-carved main door adorn the vibrant main tower. The temple's inner roof is adorned with stunning murals. While the main shrine is dedicated to God Shiva, there are other shrines dedicated to Hindu Gods and Goddesses.
Location: Sri Murugan St, Colombo 00200, Sri Lanka
Timing: 5.45 AM to 10 AM and 5 PM to 8 PM
This Colombo temple is located in the heart of the city and was founded in 1901 by the erudite monk from South Sri Lanka, namely the Most Venerable Pelene Siri Vajirajana Maha Nayaka Thera.
The state has designated it as a Sacred Site and it is a serene and peaceful setting in the town. The temple is a beautiful place and a perfect family-friendly destination and beholds high spiritual values.
Location: 12a Vajira Rd, Colombo 00400, Sri Lanka
Kathiresan Pillayar Temple
Around the main old Kathiresan Pillayar kovil, there are several Hindu temples dedicated to various deities and unique architecture adorned with colourful images of Hindu legend's gods like Shiva and Vishnu. The shrine deities are exquisitely carved.
This temple has a lot to offer in terms of exploration and enjoyment. In a city of bustling tradespeople and workers, it makes for a pleasant and calm space of worship and solace.
Location: VVM5+FP2, Colombo 00500, Sri Lanka
Timing: 5.30 AM to 10.30 AM and 5.30 PM to 8 PM
Sri Ponnambalam Vanesar Kovil
All Hindu temples built correctly display this concept, with certain design elements included in the sculptures. This Colombo temple is extremely dark because it is made of stone and has no windows other than spaces for air. Because the only light comes from the large doors on three sides and there is no other space for air entrance, it is common to see a bat winging.
This Colombo temple, dedicated to various Hindu deities such as Lord Ganesha, Goddess Saraswati, and Goddess Maha Kali Amman, also has a large functioning hall and beautiful statues of deities adorned in colourful clothes, ornaments, and garlands.
Shri Bathrakali Amman bestows divine blessings on the Maha Kumbabishekam-The Consecration Ceremony. The Kumbabishekam ceremony is part of the festival to commemorate the temple's reopening with a new look following a massive reconstruction programme.
Location: Sri Sambuddhathva Jayanthi Mawatha, Colombo 00600, Sri Lanka
Timing: 8.15 AM to 4.15 PM, Closed on Sunday
Sivasubramania Swami Kovil
The temple is visited by a large number of Hindu devotees, particularly during the various Lord Murugan-related festivities that take place here. There are shrines in the temple for Lords Ekambareswarar, Vallaba Ganapathi, Mother Durga, and planet Sani Bhagwan as well.
Location: 131 Kew Rd, Colombo 00200, Sri Lanka
Timing: 5.30 PM to 10.30 PM and 5.30 PM to 8 PM
Sri Kaleshwaram Temple
Hundreds of sculptures and fine carvings of Hindu deities adorn the high, sloping blue roof, which rises 80 feet above the ground. The interior is relatively plain, but there are some religious paintings and murals on the walls.
The temple's inner roof is adorned with stunning murals and the place also has several rooms where classical devotional music is played. In contrast to the rather dirty streets outside, the atmosphere inside is very clean, welcoming, and calm.
Location: Gudi Road, Kaleshwaram, Telangana 505504
Timing: 4.30 AM to 8 PM
New Kathiresan Temple
It's a serene and peaceful setting and the temple is a treasure trove of interesting objects and beautiful sights to discover. Along with the main shrine of Lord Murugan, there are a few scattered shrines that are astoundingly beautiful.
Location: 339 Galle Rd, Bambalapitiya, Colombo - 00400, Western Province, Sri Lanka
Timing: 6 AM to 8 PM