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Seema Malaka Temple, Colombo

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Religious Site
Rising elegantly from the rippling surface of Lake Beira, Seema Malaka Temple spreads across three raised platforms in the lake, connected to each other and to the mainland by pontoon bridges. Observe the chaotic southern parts of Colombo on the lakeshore from the breezy benches, sitting among statues in the middle of water. Originally built in the late 19th century and redesigned in 1979, the temple offers space for meditation rather than worship and is dedicated for both Buddhists and Hindus. Note the structure's composition of collected spindles and handrails in wooden finishes, and its roof covered by blue tiles. To visit Seema Malaka Temple and get the most from your holiday in Colombo, create itinerary details personal to you using our Colombo holiday planner.
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  • I actually prefer this temple to some of the more "popular" temple here on TripAdvisor. Come early. Beat the crowds and get a little tranquility.  more »
  • A few years ago, Sri Lanka featured in magazine cover fascinated at this place in this temple, decided to visit to Sri Lanka. We visit 2 times is the circumference of modernization and after 3 years it changed views of the surrounding area.
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  • Nice and calm place,It is surrounded by beire lake and must see place in Colombo.It is a tourist attraction :)  more »
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  • Lovely temple, with beautiful lake surrounding the temple. Nice place for mediation and prayers
  • Great place. A rude guide at the gate ruined everything. Hence the low rating. We didnt know that we could get in using the same ticket at Gangarama. So we bought a seperate ticket. Later when we know got to know we paid twice we asked for the refund and he yelled. Its suppose to be a buddhist monument and a guy who is yelling for the visitors might not be the best way to represent the place. Also they should inform this when handing over the ticket and also at the gate. Hope authorities take action agaist such individuals.
  • Alright temple, but having foreigners, and nobody else, pay 300 rupees for entrance? Unethical. Besides, there's not really anything to see, to warrant an entrance fee.
  • Very impressive and paradise-like place in the middle of this huge city. The temple, however, is also brought into negative connection with treating elephants in a bad way during religious festivals. This derogates the nice perception of this place a little
  • One of the best place to meditate, most people come for wedding photography since its bt of scenic.