Religious Sights in Colombo, Part 2, Colombo

During its history, the city of Colombo was dominated successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, each of them having left significant marks in all aspects of life, including the religious one. Churches, Hindu Kovils, Buddhist Temples and Mosques can be found in the city and its suburbs. This tour will help you discover them.
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Religious Sights in Colombo, Part 2 Map

Guide Name: Religious Sights in Colombo, Part 2
Guide Location: Sri Lanka » Colombo (See other walking tours in Colombo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Author: Linda
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St Mary's Church

1) St Mary's Church

St Mary's Church is one of the oldest Parish churches in Colombo, and its history begins with the priestly formation of the Oblate order. The building of the church began in 1908 upon the initiative and with the help of Archbishop Anthony Coudert and was finished in 1917. In 1927, the library and the bookstall were attached to St Mary's Church. It played a leading role in spreading Catholicism on the territory and in the development of two important Catholic schools and other churches of its kind, namely St. Theresa's and St. Anthony's.
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Vajiraramaya Temple

2) Vajiraramaya Temple

Vajiraramaya Temple is one of the best known Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka, serving not only as a place for worship, but also as a centre offering Buddhism classes for the youth. It was built in 1901 by a distinguished monk, Sri Vajiraramaya Maha Nayaka Thera, who originated from the southern part of the country. From here the local monks were spreading their beliefs to countries from the West, so the temple became an important religious spot for Buddhist worshippers and in 2009 it received the title of a sacred place.
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St. Paul's Church Milagiriya

3) St. Paul's Church Milagiriya

St. Paul's Church is situated in the Milagiriya district of Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. It is one of the oldest churches in Sri Lanka as now part of the Anglican Church of Ceylon. The church was first built by the Portungese as a Roman Catholic place of worship and was known as Nossa Senhora dos Milagres. Milagiriya is the ‘Sinhalised’ name for the Portuguese word Milagres, meaning miracles. There was a well situated near the original church and during the time of the Portuguese people used to flock here as it was reputed to have miraculous properties. The sick were brought to the church from all over the island to drink the water from the well.

Many priests have played a role in ministering to the needs of the local community in Milagiriya from 1890 and they include: Rev. John Ford, Rev. Harry Marsh, Rev. Paul Lucien Jansz, Canon Ivan Corea, Canon Christopher W. Mutukisna, Rev. Bala Arulpragasam, Rev. Padma Bharati, Rev. Dhiloraj Canagasabey, Rev. Chrishantha B. Mendis and Rev.Melvin de Silva.

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Isipathanaramaya Temple

4) Isipathanaramaya Temple (must see)

Isipathanaramaya Temple has very beautiful frescoes, mural paintings and statues dedicated to the life and activities of Buddha, realized by the artist Sarlis Master in 1920. The temple was built in memory of Edward Henry Pedris, who in 1915 was executed by the British, a fact that was considered by the people of Sri Lanka an injustice and encouraged them to fight for their independence.
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Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple

5) Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple

Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple is one of those magnificent spots that should not be missed when you are in Colombo. Unappealing on the outside, it offers an astonishing view inside. The temple boasts some of the finest wall murals in the country, with refined details and colours. The temple is very appreciated by the Buddhist worshippers for its quietness and warm atmosphere.
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St Theresa's Church

6) St Theresa's Church

The Church of the St. Theresa's is a Roman Catholic church, located at Thimbirigasyaya Road in Colombo. The current parish priest is Rev. Fr. Neil Dias Karunarathne C.Ss.R.. It was the year 1937, Mrs. Dias was made a proposal to Fr. Giwdan, the parish priest of Bambalapitiya to lay a foundation for a Catholic church. Bishop has given his permission and as a result the temporary structure was built and dedicated to St. Theresa. In cause of time the catholic community of the area was fairly large and Fr. James has initiated a process in 1934 to construct the existing church. It was the year 1951, the first step was taken to construct the church and in 1952 archbishop Thomas Corey has handed over the church to Dominican fathers. The Church was completed and consecrated on 7th October 1961 by the archbishop Thomas Corey.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Jawatta Mosque

7) Jawatta Mosque

Jawatta Jummah Mosque is the religious spot situated on the territory of Jawatta Burial Garden, and it controls the activity of the cemetery. The land for the cemetery and the mosque was donated by Maas Thajoon Akbar, an important personality in the city, who also played a significant role in the building of Jawatta Mosque.
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The Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour

8) The Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour (must see)

The Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour is a representative of the Anglican Churches Community, which is of considerable interest to Catholic worshippers. Many important manifestations, celebrations, ceremonies and services in the religious life of the Catholics take place here. The church also hosts an annual festival of choirs, on August 1st, gathering together many people from all around the country, either to participate or just to listen.

Walking Tours in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Create Your Own Walk in Colombo

Create Your Own Walk in Colombo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Colombo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Tour of Fort and Pettah in Colombo

Tour of Fort and Pettah in Colombo

Colombo's main districts are Fort and Pettah, which represent the financial and business centres of the city. The most impressive hotels and corporations are situated here, yet there are many spiritually valued spots that have been preserved. Take this tour and discover this lively region.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.2 km
Nightlife Tour of Colombo

Nightlife Tour of Colombo

During the last few years, the night life in Colombo has become more active and now presents a bigger interest for locals and visitors. The majority of clubs and bars are situated inside the big hotels and aside from good music and stylish interiors, they also provide tasty food and drinks. Take this self-guided tour and discover the best night venues.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
City Orientation Walk II

City Orientation Walk II

The capital and the largest city of Sri Lanka, Colombo is a busy and vibrant metropolis with a mixture of modern life, colonial architecture and ancient ruins. Galle Face Green, Old Parliament House, Khan Clock Tower and many other notable attractions make up this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Religious Sights in Colombo, Part 1

Religious Sights in Colombo, Part 1

Religious life in Colombo was influenced by historic events and different nations such as Portuguese, Dutch and Indian. Here one can see places of worship belonging to Islam, Catholicism and Methodism, each of them revealing the beauty and importance of their religion. This tour will guide you through the most interesting religious spots in the central part of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
City Orientation Walk I

City Orientation Walk I

Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, the country ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British, has a long history reflected in the city's architecture – a mixture of colonial buildings, modern skyscrapers and shopping malls. The majestic Colombo National Museum borders the sprawling Viharamahadevi Park and its giant Buddha. These and other attractions of Colombo make up this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.9 km
Cultural Tour of Colombo

Cultural Tour of Colombo

The cultural life of Colombo is developed and maintained by a large number of venues such as museums, theatres, galleries, temples and exhibition centres. According to your tastes and wishes you can choose between watching a movie or a play, going to a live concert or to a contemporary exhibition, or learning about the history and culture of the city. This tour will guide you through the spots that worth seeing.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Colombo for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Colombo has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Colombo, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.