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Visiting Gangaramaya Temple Colombo

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Established in 1885, the Gangaramaya Temple invites gaggles of tourist to visit its peaceful monastery 'Vihara', gleaming pagoda 'Cetiya', and spectacular image house 'Vihara Mandiraya', bejeweled statues and portraits, sacred 'Bodhi Tree', Seema Malaka, enchanting museum, encyclopedic library and relic chamber. The temple is a unique fusion of culture and architecture essence.

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A day in Gangaramaya Temple

A day in Gangaramaya Temple



Opened by Ven Sri Jinarathana Thera; the museum of Gangaramaya Temple features a vast collection of religious, historical, and cultural manifests and artifacts. It repletes with ageless and precious treasure from ancient Sri Lanka and many parts of the world including magnificent Buddha statues, portraits, sculptures, old coins, intricate wood, expensive furniture, ancient old leaf writings, inscriptions, curios, ivory carvings, rare vintage cars, and traditional and cultural relics. Ranging from small masterpiece to large thrones and elephant tusks, the museum exhibits impressive objects in every nook and cranny and inches of the wall.

Gangaramaya Elephant

Gangaramaya Elephant

Gangaramaya Temple features many more attractions that is not to be missed out on! The grand size and elegant look of the Gangaramaya Elephant fascinate the viewers. You can catch a glimpse of this well-loved and unique animal in the evening while he takes a bath.

Vihara Mandiraya

Vihara Mandiraya

Vihara Mandiraya is the enclosing walls of the Image House which features painted scenes and jatakas. Brilliantly portrayed and intricately sculpted, the image house shelters Buddha figurines and effigies colored in vibrant vitality. These pictures symbolize the special and significant events of the life and teachings of Lord Buddha. The beautiful ceiling of the hall embellished with intricate decors and astonishing frescos of bright colors which represent vents significant to Buddhist teachings. Be sure to pay special heed to marvel statues, fantastic images and excellent portraits of Buddha located throughout the temple. You may interact with many paintings, sculptures, and decors which have been gifted by China, Thailand, Japan, and Myanmar to the Gangaramaya Temple. The mesmerizing look of Vihara mandiraya is popular among the globetrotters.

Bodhi Tree

Bodhi Tree

Another highlight is the 'Bodhi Tree', the most significant in the Buddhist community. Located in the heart of Gangaramaya Temple, the tree catches the eyeshot of every visitor. However, Mythology states that Sanghamitra, the daughter of King Ashoka, gifted Sri Lanka a sapling of a tree for adopting the teachings of Buddha and planted it in Anuradhapura. The fabric pieces and flags hanging around the Bodhi tree symbolizes the prayers of devotees who meditate and pray for several centuries.

Gangaramaya Temple Colombo Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

Book the tickets for Gangaramaya Temple through this website at an affordable price with exciting deals.

How To Get Around?

Explore the Gangaramaya Temple on foot. It is a religious place and does not allow any vehicle with the temple premises.

What Should I Wear?

It is good to have light luggage while going on an excursion. Pack soft and delicate fabric. Avoid wearing short and bold dresses. Light shaded, and cotton outfits are best for summer months. You can pair them with bright bottoms and stylish accessories. Carry a raincoat for the rainy season. Add a cardigan, layer, jacket, sweater, or hoodie for the evening time as twilights are a bit chilly in Colombo. Cover up your shoulders and legs in the temple premises.

Gangaramaya Temple Colombo Facts

Best Time to Visit

Gangaramaya Temple opens from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm. But the museum gets closed after 6:00 pm. However, for the western and southern coasts countries, December to March is the best time to visit. While eastern coasts provide April to September months for the excursion. Fortunately, Sri Lanka being close to the Equator offers moderate temperature throughout the year. The climate remains almost constant all the year round.


Sri Lankan Rupee.

Will I Need a Guide?

No, this website serves you as a guide with complete information.

How To Get There?

Colombo is easy to reach by airplane, train, car, bus, and ferries. Bandaranaike International Airport connects several of major airlines across the globe. Book the tickets for the flight for the same. Airport taxis are available for further traveling. The bus is considered the most affordable mode of transportation to get into Colombo. The city offers ferry ride from its neighboring cities and countries. Moreover, Tuk-tuk is the most convenient means to get around Colombo. Either hire a self-driven or rental tuktuk for leisure tour. But, be cautious while driving in Colombo as the city records highest road accidents. However, Kangaroo Cabs and Uber are the great options to choose nowadays. You can also grab the public buses for an affordable trip. Walking is best for nearby attractions.

Additional Info

Please remember to remove your footwear outside the entrance of the temple. It provides shoe shelves and cubby holes for keeping the shoes and sandals. Cover up your shoulders and legs in the temple premises. No skirts, sleeveless, shorts, shirts, or bare midriffs! No one is not allowed to touch a monk, especially women. Avoid turning your back on the statues of Buddha. Colombo has a unique mixture of culture and tradition. Do not compare the country with others. Public display of affection is culturally offensive and is not socially acceptable. You need to take permission before clicking the snaps. It is not safe and hygienic to drink tap water in Colombo. Sri Lankans do not use cutlery. They eat with a right hand as the left side is unclean in their culture. Colombo is a safe city. But still can take of your valuables and documents.

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