Religious Places, Western Province, Sri Lanka: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

Kachimalai MosqueKachimalai MosqueKalutara StupaKelaniya Raja Maha ViharayaKelaniya Raja Maha ViharayaSt Anthony's ChurchSt Mary's ChurchSt Mary's Church

Kalutara Stupa

The stupa was built in 1960s to the south of the Kalutara Bridge. It is Kalutara’s most dominant landmark. It is said that this white dagoba is the only Buddha Stupa in the world that is entirely hollow. The stupa has a smaller dagoba inside. The interior is decorated with the paintings of the Jataka tales about the life of Buddha.

Kachimalai Mosque

It is also known as Masjid-ul-Abrar. It is a reminiscent of the first Muslim settlement created with the advent of Muslims in Sri Lanka. It is a symbol of the relationship Muslims have with Beruwala. It is considered as the first mosque in Sri Lanka aid it is believed to date back to 920 AD.  It is said that the first settled Muslims built this mosque truly for their prayers. The present appearance was created when it was rehabilitated in 1986 by late Deshamanya Al Haj M a Balveer Muskar who is the former MP and Southern Province Governor.

Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya

It is a Buddhist Temple in Kelaniya which is seven miles from Colombo. According to belief of Buddhists, Buddha visited the site of this temple on his third visit to Sri Lanka. The original temple was destroyed by Indian invaders. It was later restored and destroyed again by the Portuguese in the 16th century. It was restored again by the Dutch in the 18th century. The temple is also famous for its image and reclining Gautama Buddha and paintings by the artist Solias Mendis. It is located 20 km from Negombo City. Address: Biyagama Rd, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

St. Mary’s Church

The coastal town of Negombo is dominated heavily by the Christian Faith and St. Mary’s Church is one of the town’s most important structures. It is lavish and grand in nature. It stands tall and it consists of three main levels that are apparent when approaching the structure from the front. The church has religious ceiling paintings covering the nave.

St. Anthony’s Church

It is one of the most interesting shrines of Colombo. Outside it looks like a typical Portuguese Catholic Church, but inside the atmosphere is distinctly sub continental. There are queues of devotees offering puja to a dozen ornate statues. Address: St Anthony’s Mawatha, Col 13, Colombo, Sri Lanka.