Gangaramaya is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Colombo. The temple houses a museum that displays a collection of artifacts and other objects of religious, cultural and historical valued range of ageless treasures from ancient Sri Lanka as well as around the globe.
The best time to visit the temple is during Nawam, Vesak & Poson (February, May & June) months to witness the Nawam Perahera, Vesak celebrations and Poson Celebrations, where the whole area gets decorated with colorful lights, lanterns and decorations.
Next to Gangaramaya temple, in the heart of Colombo is a Beira Lake. In the middle of the lake you will find the old wooden building named Simamalaka Shrine.
In the colonial era the lake was used as a method of transport, mainly for goods within the city.