Top Places for Art and Cultural Activities in Colombo

Explore the rich culture while visiting the many attractions Colombo is replete with. These cultural attractions are suitable for all ages and can prove to make your trip to Colombo a fruitful one. Be it historic monuments or cultural performances, cultural attractions somehow steal the show of the other attractions and things to do in Colombo.

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Check the list of top places for art and culture in Colombo:

  1. Seema Malaka

    #1 of 31 Art and Cultural Attractions in Colombo
    Seema Malaka

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple

    Address: Sir James Pieris Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Most religious temples in Sri Lanka tend to be Christian or Hindu. Which serves for a double dose of irony when you find out the most popular tourist interest temple is this Buddhist one, and that it ...Read more

  2. St Anthony's Church Kochikade

    #2 of 31 Art and Cultural Attractions in Colombo
    St Anthony's Church Kochikade

    Tags: Church, Religious Site

    Address: Kochchikade, St Anthony's Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Timings: 05:30 am - 07:00 pm Details

    This is one of the most curious churches you'll ever visit. From the outside, it is by every appearance a regular Catholic Church. But the second you step in, it's as if you've stepped into a pagan te...Read more

  3. Old Parliament Building

    #3 of 31 Art and Cultural Attractions in Colombo
    Old Parliament Building

    Tags: Architecture , Heritage Building

    Address: Old Parliament Building, Lotus Road, Colombo Sri Lanka

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    It could be ironic, that this, one of the most visited tourist attractions in the city, is not open to the public. But considering that people are well satisfied with merely taking photographs of its ...Read more

  4. Jami Ul-alfar Mosque

    #4 of 31 Art and Cultural Attractions in Colombo
    Jami Ul-alfar Mosque

    Tags: Mosque, Religious Site

    Address: No.228, Second Cross Street, Colombo 11- Sri Lanka

    Timings: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Details

    Imagine a building with the color scheme of a red-velvet pastry cake. Try to take it seriously. Then take a look at this mosque and the eye-catching white and red striped pattern on its towering, impo...Read more

  5. Sri Kaileswaram

    #5 of 31 Art and Cultural Attractions in Colombo
    Sri Kaileswaram

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Architecture

    Address: 11/15, Captain's Garden Kovil Street, Colombo 01000, Sri Lanka

    Timings: 09:00 am - 03:30 pm Details

    This is the oldest (125 years old) and largest Hindu temple in the city. Like most major hindu temples, the architecture is incredibly ornate. Hundreds of sculptures and carvings of hindu deities ador...Read more

  6. Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple

    #6 of 31 Art and Cultural Attractions in Colombo
    Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple

    Address: Ven. Muruththettuwe Ananda Himi Mawatha, Colombo 00500, Sri Lanka

    Timings: 07:30 am - 07:00 pm Details

    The tourist who comes upon this temple, and unmoved by ut's unimpressive exterior , and decides to not go in will miss out on something mindblowing. If you Google pictures of this temple, the results ...Read more

  7. Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil

    #7 of 31 Art and Cultural Attractions in Colombo
    Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple

    Address: Srimath Ramanadan Mawatha Colombo Sri Lanka

    Timings: 05:00 am - 08:30 pm Details

    Usually Hindu temples explore with color. Not this one. It's a little surprising to see. The whole temple is made from grey granite from South India. The only splash of color on the outside are the br...Read more

  8. St. Thomas Chapel

    #8 of 31 Art and Cultural Attractions in Colombo
    St. Thomas Chapel

    Tags: Church, Religious Site

    Address: Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, St Anthony's Mawatha, Colombo Sri Lanka

    Timings: 07:30 am - 01:30 pm Details

    Situated on a hillock, surrounded by grass and trees, the chapel is part of St. Thomas Anglican Church and the school of the same name. From the outside, it's an old and dignified looking building. It...Read more

  9. Geoffrey Bawa Number 11

    #9 of 31 Art and Cultural Attractions in Colombo
    Geoffrey Bawa Number 11

    Tags: Architecture

    Address: Geoffrey Bawa Number 11, 00300, 33rd Ln, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka

    Deshamanya Geoffrey Manning Bawa was a renowned Sri Lankan architect who nearly single handedly formed the style known as tropical modernism. The unassuming looking house is where he stayed for 40 yea...Read more

  10. Isipathanaramaya Buddhist Temple

    #10 of 31 Art and Cultural Attractions in Colombo
    Isipathanaramaya Buddhist Temple

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple

    Address: Isipathana Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Timings: 09:30 am - 04:30 pm Details

    The temple, built in 1916, was constructed by a father in memory of his son. The father was D.D. Pedris, whose son Henri Pedris was executed by the British on a false charge of rioting. The temple is ...Read more

  11. Cargills Ceylon Plc

    #11 of 31 Art and Cultural Attractions in Colombo
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    Tags: Architecture

    Address: 40, York Street, Fort, Colombo 01, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    If there's one thing you'll wish for when visiting this magnificent building built in 1844, it is that somehow it could be restored to its former glory. Look at that beautiful red brick facade painted...Read more

  12. St. Lucia's Cathedral

    #12 of 31 Art and Cultural Attractions in Colombo
    St. Lucia's Cathedral

    Tags: Religious Site, Cathedral

    Address: St Lucia's St Colombo 01300 Sri Lanka

    Timings: 05:30 am - 07:00 pm Details

    There used to be a chapel here during Dutch occupation of the island. On its place, there is now a lovely new-Baroque and neo-Renaissance structure, and one of the biggest churches in the country. Its...Read more

  13. Church Of St. Michael & All Angels

    #13 of 31 Art and Cultural Attractions in Colombo
    Church Of St. Michael & All Angels

    Tags: Church

    Address: 139 St Michael's Rd, Kollupitya, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka 00300, Sri Lanka

    Timings: 07:30 am - 06:00 pm Details

    This church is a Anglican Church of the Diocese of Colombo. Built in 1887, it is somewhat of a historic and enduring landmark of the Kollupitiya suburb of Colombo. No doubt, it is beautiful, a grand b...Read more

  14. All Saints' Church

    #14 of 31 Art and Cultural Attractions in Colombo
    All Saints' Church

    Tags: Church, Religious Site

    Address: Ananda Rajakaruna Mawatha, Colombo 00800, Sri Lanka

    Timings: 06:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    There is good reason behind naming this the All Saints Church. Inside, there is a carillon of 25 bells, casted for the church from West Germany. Each of the bells has the name of on saint written on i...Read more

  15. Sambodhi Chaithya

    #15 of 31 Art and Cultural Attractions in Colombo
    Sambodhi Chaithya

    Tags: Religious Site

    Address: Chaithya Rd Colombo 00100 Sri Lanka

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    This unusual but grand Buddhist stupa and shrine is built high upon two interlocking arches at the entrance to the Colombo Harbour. To get up there, you have to climb the stairs of the attached tower....Read more

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