Gangaramaya Temple (5:30 am - 10 pm, 300/- entry ticket) is must see place. There are two separate temples accessible with same ticket so keep hold of ticket till you visit both. One on the Beira Lake is small and other one is huge with many smaller temples, exhibits, museums, and sitting areas. Main temple was stunning in beauty and had very peaceful ambiance. You can also do boating on Beira Lake (130/- for 30 min, 70/- for child) and there is small island to walk around near smaller temple. We met a snake charmer on the side walk who let us touch and play with monkey and python for 200/-.
Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo
Staying the first day in Negombo (30 km from Colombo), we visited Gangamaraya Temple in the capital city which has the hair relic of Buddha. This temple is worth a visit for the number of Buddhas it has and to understand the Buddhist culture. Later, we visited Galle Face in Colombo, facing the Indian Ocean. (The viewpoint is perfect for Sunset).
So, our itinerary began with a 3.5-hour train from Colombo to Galle with an Ocean-side view. The journey is a photographer's delight and landscapes that greet you along the way will compel you to plan for your retirement home in Sri Lanka. That surreal and picturesque.
Reminisces of Dutch Colonial Era
Gangaramaya Temple is one of the most important temples in Colombo. The temple's architecture demonstrates an eclectic mix of Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, and Chinese architecture.
The Old Colombo Dutch Hospital (known as The Dutch Hospital ) is considered to be the oldest building in the Colombo Fort area dating back to the Dutch colonial era in Sri Lanka.
Colombo is pot-pourri of Dutch Heritage which can be felt in The Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct or the Christian Reformed Church, Sinhalese Culture that the famous Gangaramaya Temple exudes and a booming cosmopolis in its various casinos, tea cafes & delectable bakeries..