Places to stay near Gangaramaya Temple
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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..
You can possibly visit Seema Malakaya temple, Gangaramaya Temple and Viharamahadevi Park in central Colombo during the daylight hours.
The museum allows you to trace the history of the Sinhalese people. We also visited the GanaramaVihara temple which is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in this country.
With a full stomach and an ever growing hunger to start exploring, we headed off to our first destination – the Gangaramaya Temple. The temple is said to be the most important Buddhist temple in Colombo. The complex has a museum which houses an eclectic mix of Buddha statues and all kinds of gifts given by devotees.
Gangarmaya shrine: Free of cost. Walking distance from YWCA. Come out of YWCA, take left and walk by the lake.
Dijen organised a tuktuk for me to take a quick tour of the city along with getting me a local sim card and currency too. But like I said, I wish I had blindly trusted my college friend Deepak and skipped Colombo totally. The Gangaramaya Temple was my first stop and lacked any and all instructions and you are also forced to pay donation for keeping your shoes without any prior intimation. There is nothing written in English anywhere so there is no way you can know any history or why what is placed where. I was even yelled at by a local man for taking a picture while there were no signs of 'pictures not allowed'.
Gangaramaya Temple | Another fantastic experience, this time of a more directly spiritual kind, is the Gangaramaya Temple. This expansive ode to religion is one of Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist temple sites, with a bewildering essence of India, Thailand, China, and Sri Lanka coursing through its veins.
The Gangaramaya Temple was my first stop and lacked any and all instructions and you are also forced to pay donation for keeping your shoes without any prior intimation. There is nothing written in English anywhere so there is no way you can know any history or why what is placed where. I was even yelled at by a local man for taking a picture while there were no signs of 'pictures not allowed'. The Buddhas everywhere were a beautiful sight inspite of the rains but I had no clue what I was looking at. And then there was a room filled with glass cupboards and many things inside them kept shabbily... even a shelf full of watches.. and sunglasses. Again.. dirty, dusty and unexplained.