Visitor attractions in the Commercial capital of Colombo and Administrative capital of Sri Jayawardenepura, (a few Kms. away from each other), are numerous and may take a visitor, weeks to explore.

However, a few of the main attractions in Colombo and in Sri Jayawardenepura, are listed below for information.

In addition, Colombo and Sri Jayawardenepura are also hubs for varied dining, shopping and entertainment options of different standards, prices and qualities.

Your host at the CheRiz will be glad to give you all the information you need in accordance with your preferences, on your arrival, by telephone or e-mail.

Beddegana Wetland Park

Nestled within the Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte Bird Sanctuary, Beddegana Wetland Park is a wetland nature park occupying 18-hectares of land. Overlooking the shores of the Diyawanna Lake, this wetland park is home to many endemic birds, flowers and other faunal species such as butterflies, dragonflies as well as mammals which are native to Sri Lanka. If you are visiting this park during August to April, you are in for a special treat as this park attracts numerous migrant bird species during that season. Beddegana Wetland Park must be on your list of places to explore in Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte.

Diyatha Uyana

Constructed on a marshy land on the banks of the Diyawanna Oya, Diyatha Uyana is one of the most picturesque places in Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka. Essentially a park, it is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy some family time. Bequeathing tourists with a wonderful view of the lake, this park houses numerous food stalls, shops and places to relax. The primary attraction at the Diyatha Uyana is the floating restaurant which accommodates around 40-50 people at a time. Serving delicious food and offering a unique experience, this restaurant is one of the most popular spots in Sri Lanka.

Diyawanna Lake

Diyawanna Lake or Parliament Lake, is one of the lakes within Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka. It is quite popular as the Sri Lankan Parliament Building was built on an artificial island at the center of the lake. The Diyatha Uyana park is also located on the banks of this lake. …

The Sri Lankan Parliament Complex

The Sri Lankan Parliament Complex (also known as the New Parliament Complex) is a public building and landmark that houses the Parliament of Sri Lanka. Situated in Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, the administrative capital, it is built on an island, surrounded by the Diyawanna Oya. It was designed by the world renowned architect, Deshamanya Geoffrey Bawa

Ape Gama Historical theme Park

Ape is a replica of traditional old day Sri Lankan village. Ape Gama displays traditional industries, village life style and how self-sufficient old day Sri Lankan society functioned.
The entire area exhibits fascinating aspects of historic Sri Lankan village life, complete with a bird-watching zone and a mini zoo.
The outstanding recreation of life in a Sri Lankan village has been achieved with precision and attention to detail. From the well kempt garden to the many houses made of mud enclosed with wattles, to the figurines of men and women in many postures, the concept has been brought to fruition with much meticulousness. The simplicity and plainness that typifies village living is showcased in all the exhibits.
“Ape Gama in Sri Lanka” attracts throngs of visitors each week seeking a short break in a unique venue.

Mahamewna Amawathura meditation centre

The Mahamewna Amawathura meditation centre is creates an inexplicable spontaneous impression the moment you set eyes on it. Rising like a colossus with its inimitable structure and art, its enormity makes it a distinctive landmark. The beginnings of this magnificent edifice were modest. An old house was the first structure that made the meditation centre. That was way back in 2001. Having gathered artisans from around the country, equipped with only the generosity of followers, the construction of a new building that stands today was initiated and completed.

The Pettah

Pettah is a neighborhood of Colombo, located east of the City Centre, Fort. The Pettah is famous for its market, a series of open air bazaars. It is one of Sri Lanka’s busiest commercial areas, where a huge number of wholesale and retail shops, buildings, commercial institutions and other organizations are located.
The main market segment is designed like a gigantic crossword puzzle, where one may traverse through the entire area from dawn till dusk, still not being able to cover

The Gangaramaya Temple

The temple demonstrates an eclectic mix of Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, and Chinese architecture.
This Buddhist temple includes several imposing buildings and is situated not far from the placid waters of Beira Lake that was originally a small hermitage on a piece of marshy land. It has the main features of a Vihara (temple), the Cetiya (Pagoda) the Bodhi tree, the Vihara Mandiraya, the Seema malaka (assembly hall for monks) and the Relic Chamber. In addition, a museum, a library, a residential hall, a three storied Pirivena, educational halls and an alms hall are also on the premises.
Most notable for tourists is the architecture of the Simamalaka Shrine, which was built with donations from a Muslim sponsor to the design of Geoffrey Bawa the world renowned architect.

Galle Face Green

The Galle fade green is a 5 ha (12 acres) ocean-side urban park, which stretches for 500 m (1,600 ft) along the coast, in the heart of Colombo, the financial and business capital of Sri Lanka.
The promenade was initially laid out in 1859 by Governor Sir Henry George Ward and was used for horse racing and as a golf course, but was also used for cricket, polo, football, tennis and rugby.
Galle Face Green originally extended over a much larger area than exists today.
Records indicate that it was bounded to the north by Beira Lake, the ramparts of Colombo Fort and the city’s cemetery, to the west by the Indian Ocean, whilst to the south by the Galle Face Hotel (established in 1864)

National Museum of Colombo

National Museum of Colombo, also known as the Sri Lanka National Museum is one of two museums in Colombo. It is the largest museum in Sri Lanka. The museum holds a collection of regalia of the country, including the throne and crown of the Kandyan monarchs, as well as many other exhibits which depict ancient Sri Lanka.
The Colombo Museum, as it was called at the beginning, was established on 1 January 1877. Its founder was Sir William Henry Gregory the British Governor of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) at the time .The Architect of the Public Works Department, James G. Smither (1833–1910) compiled the plans for the building in the style of Italian Architecture. The construction was completed in 1876 and the museum was functional the following year.

The Independence Memorial Hall

The Independence Memorial Hall (also known as the Independence Commemoration Hall) is a national monument in Sri Lanka, built for the commemoration of the independence of Sri Lanka from the British rule on February 4, 1948. It is located in the Independence Square (formerly Torrington Square) in the Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo. It also houses the Independence Memorial Museum.
The monument was built at the location, where the formal ceremony, marking the start of self-rule, with the opening of the first parliament by the HRH Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, on February 4, 1948.

Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque

known colloquially as the Red Masjid or the Red Mosque, is a historic mosque in Colombo.

It is located on Second Cross Street in Pettah. The mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Colombo and a popular tourist site in the city
Construction of the Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque commenced in 1908 and the building was completed in 1909. The mosque was commissioned by the local Indian Muslim community, based in Pettah, to fulfill their required five-times-daily prayer and Jummah on Fridays. The mosque’s designer and builder was Habibu Labbe Saibu Labbe (an unqualified architect), and was based on details/images of Indo-Saracenic structures provided by South Indian traders, who commissioned him. It is a hybrid style of architecture, that draws elements from native Indo-Islamic and Indian architecture, and combines it with the Gothic revival and Neo-classical styles. Originally it had the capacity for 1,500 worshippers, although at the time only around 500 were attending prayers.
It is a distinctive red and white candy-striped two-story building, with a clock tower, and is reminiscent of the Jamek Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (constructed in 1910). Before other landmarks were built, some claim that the Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque was recognized as the landmark of Colombo by sailors approaching the port. In 1975, the mosque, with the assistance of the Haji Omar Trust, purchased several of the adjoining properties and commenced building an expansion to the mosque to increase its capacity to 10,000.


Wolvendaal church

Wolvendaal church is one on the oldest churches built during the Dutch era in 1749. The interior is decorated with Dutch furniture with the wooden carved pews, chairs, pulpit and lecterns.
One of the major highlights of the church is the Tombstones of 5 Dutch governors, including the oldest Dutch tombstone in Sri Lanka, which were moved from a church with in the Fort in 1813. The other attraction is the church organ, which is still in its perfect condition.

Sri Kailawasanathar Swami Devasthanam

Sri Kailawasanathar Swami Devasthanam is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Colombo, dedicated to Lord Shiva and Ganesha, and is a special attraction for Hindu travelers. The intricate carvings and brilliant architecture that the temple boasts of are some things to lookout for. In fact, the stunning architecture at the temple makes it a delight for photographers too.

Vihara Mahadevi Park

Colombo’s biggest park was originally called Victoria Park, but was renamed in the 1950s after the mother of King Dutugemunu. It’s notable for its superb flowering trees, which bloom in March, April and early May. Elephants used for ceremonies sometimes spend the night in the park, chomping on palm branches. It has been given a major sprucing up and now boasts comfy benches, walkways, landscaping and playgrounds. You’ll even still see the odd snake charmer.

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