Gangaramya Temple, Colombo

Currently Open [Closes at 10:00 pm]
  • Address: Street Sri Jinaratana Rd, Col 2, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Timings: 05:30 am - 10:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +94-112323038
  • Ticket Price: 100 LKR
  • Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Religious Site, Temple, View Point, Tourist Center, Family And Kids
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About Gangaramya Temple, Colombo

An assorted collection of ornamental and gold carven gifts presented by loyal devotees and well wisher over a long course of time is exhibited at this temple, which is literally a unification of a spiritual centre, a library and a unique museum. This Temple complex is run by the country’s adroit monk and has a distinctive collection which is worth observing.

The most tantalizing experience can be gathered on Navam Perahera in the month of February on the full-moon day. This day is marked as Poya and has significance to the temple rituals. This festival displays the rich religious and cultural tradition of Sri Lanka with Hundreds of monks clad in colouful robes solemnly walking in the procession are a unique sight. Youth clad in white carrying Buddhist flags march in front. Sacred relics housed in a casket are carried by a majestic elephant on its back. Dancers display the different types of dances prevalent in different parts of the country. So are the drummers who exhibit their skill in handling numerous forms of drums. Many elephants also participate.

Gangaramya Temple Information

  • Try and catch up with the festivities celebrated in the Gangaramya temple like the The New Year “Sathi Pirith” Ceremony or the Buddharashmi National Vesak Festival.

How To reach Gangaramya Temple by Public Transport

  • You can take the cool kangaroo radio cab, the ace cab or rent a taxi service. The cheapest and easiest way is to hire the tuk-tuk.

Restaurants Near Gangaramya Temple

  • KFC- chicken wings
  • Pizza hut
  • Hotel De Pilawoos

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Things to Know Before Visiting Gangaramya Temple

  • 91.5% of people who visit Colombo include Gangaramya Temple in their plan

  • 24% of people start their Gangaramya Temple visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Gangaramya Temple

Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday

94.66% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Gangaramya Temple

People normally club together Galle Face Hotel and The Cricket Club Cafe while planning their visit to Gangaramya Temple.

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Gangaramya Temple, Colombo Reviews

  • Rs 300 gets you into Gangaramaya Temple - the temple of the hair: so called because it contains a piece of the Buddha’s hair. It's possibly one of the strangest temples a tourist can find. It is a hoarder's paradise. It's as if someone decided they were going to collect everything from every period regardless of their value. There is even a collection of vintage cars including two old Rolls Royce’s which were used on Queen Elizabeth’s visit. There are old cameras, sets of cutlery, rifles, swords, pairs of glasses, the trivia of people's lives but, unlike most museums, these are simply placed in cabinets without labels or explanation. The temple itself is beautiful. At the time I visited there were very few tourists and it was great just to wander round and soak up the ambiance.

  • Today Gangaramaya serves not only as a place of Buddhist worship; it is also a centre of learning. The temple is involved in Buddhist welfare work including old peoples' homes, a vocational school and an orphanage. The temple is uniquely attractive and tolerant to congregation members of many different religions. It has also been instrumental in establishing the Buddhist temple, the Buddhist Center in New York and the Buddhist Centre in Tanzania , thereby helping to propagate the Dhamma in other countries.

  • This is a very nice temple to visit which is situated in a calm environment. There are thousands of Buddha statues... very calm and silent place...

  • Really strange collection of artefacts in general. Awesome spaces. Definitely worth a visit highly recommend.

  • Whats good The temple will take you by surprise with the sheer volume of artifacts kept there. There are sculptures on the wall and ten different kind of Buddha statues. The chants keep you in the harmonious mode. Whats not good Foreigners are charged LKR 300 while it is free for the locals. What to do Move around and appreciate the art. Photography is allowed thanks to the money paid.

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