Gangaramaya Temple

Overview

Gangaramaya Temple is one among the foremost well-known Buddhist temples in Colombo. It’s exceptionally beautiful with the Beira Lake on one side and statues & carvings paving the way inside. The main sanctuary features a huge and exquisite Buddha statue while the ceilings portray his stories. The temple also has training centers, a museum and far more to admire.

 

History

Don Bastian (de Silva Jayasuriya Goonewardane, Mudaliyar), a famous 19th century shipping merchant who was trying to find an appropriate land to create a temple for the Matara Sri Dharmarama thero, bought a gorgeous piece of land belonging to 3 Moors, and filled and prepared the land at a great expense. The land bordered on two sides by the Moragoda Ela and the Pettigala Ela was used to build the temple, which was subsequently named the Padawthota Gangaramaya Viharaya. The Mudaliyar, with the help of the people built an excellent 'Chaitya' (Dagaba) of 30 Riyans, and built a great decorative arch (thorana) and a 'Sandakada pahana' modeled on the ones found at Anuradhapura, at the entrance to the temple. A 'Bo' sapling brought from Sri Maha Bhodiya in Anuradhapura, was also planted by his own hands and looked after. He also built a three-storied preaching hall and the walls, railings and therefore the moat around the temple.

 

Timings

  • Sunday :
  • Monday : 06:00 am to 08:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 06:00 am to 08:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 06:00 am to 08:00 pm
  • Thursday : 06:00 am to 08:00 pm
  • Friday : 06:00 am to 08:00 pm
  • Saturday : 06:00 am to 08:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.

 

How to Reach

  • By Taxi : A taxi ride from Colombo Airport takes about 40 minutes.

 

Ticket Pricing

  • none : But donations are welcome

1. Visit the Museum
2. Visit the Relic Chamber
3. Visit the Bodhiya
4. Visit the Beira Lake And Seema Malakaya
5. Witness the Replica Of Borobudur

Address

Gangaramaya Temple, Sri Jinarathana Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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FAQs

It is advised that one wears jeans, trousers, or anything that falls below the knee. It is expected that travelers would cover their legs. Also, avoid wearing anything sleeveless.
This is a buddhist temple. it is considered as one of the mos peaceful and tranquil places.
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