Seema Malakaya Temple
Seema Malakaya Temple
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Kai Wah
Malaysia2,803 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is more like a temple for meditation than worship. There is no entrance fee required during our visit even there is indication of the entrance fee charge. The temple was redesigned by a famous Sri Lankan architect named Geoffrey Bawa. Interesting temple built on Beira Lake. It is good to combine visit to this temple with another nearby temple, namely Gangaramaya Temple within 5-10 mins walk. A good place for short visit around 30 minutes. Important notes to dress appropriately with covered shoulder and pants/ dress below knee cap as form of respect to the local culture.
Written March 7, 2020
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springbank
Greve, Denmark3,660 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Small but nice temple and worth a visit. But pretty unusual for temples to let visitors pay an entrance fee of $2 per person. Located on the lake, its beautiful from outside, though the lake is not well maintained. One get beautiful views of the skyline of Colombo from here. Just around a ten minute visit.
Situated in the Beira Lake, the temple was originally constructed in the late 19th century. It is a part of the Gangaramaya Temple, situated few hundred meters to its east. Therefor if you are visiting Gangaramaya Temple use the same ticket for Seema Malakya, 2 minutes away.
Written March 1, 2020
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747nadia
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
On arrival we were taken aback with this peaceful temple and lake in the middle of the concrete jungle.

As in most temples we had to take our shoes off and the women had to cover their legs and shoulders with coverings provided.

Great spot to take photos that will capture Colombo perfectly.
Written January 20, 2020
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Goodgirl98
Chennai (Madras), India43 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
I was stopped at the entry and charged an entry of 400 SLR. I was not aware of the fees since I was not charged at the nearby temple and there was no information posted. Hence only viewed it from out side and since it was in the water, it was easy to view the full facade from the outside. I was little put off by the charge have decided not to go in. It has a good vibe though
Written May 23, 2023
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Jepro
Vantaa, Finland191 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
English below
Juuri ennen Poya dayta tunnelma oli todella rauhallinen, mutta rakennusmiehiä eri puolilla häiritsi vierailua. Paikka on kuitenkin kaunis.
Just befor Poya day it was very peaceful in here, but there were renovation in different parts of sights so we didn't want to stay long. Place is nice and beautiful
Written February 25, 2022
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Elissa
Los Angeles, CA595 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This is a lovely temple, right on the water. The nearby temple is also worth a visit and they're apparently related. It's amazing to think how peaceful this temple was, despite it being in the middle of hectic Colombo! Remember to remove your shoes and leave them on the pathway under the tree.
Written March 8, 2023
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Sheetal S
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Seema Malaka is a floating temple in the middle of Beira Lake. Once you cross over the small bridge, you reach the main platform, which is surrounded by Buddha statues. Turn left and you’ll find a Bodhi tree grown from a branch of the famous Bodhi tree in Anuradhapura.
Lake makes this spot very peaceful and serene.You can see ducks also.
The entire structure of the sacred place where the Diety is placed is constructed of wood and looks beautiful. Inside temple are posters about whereall in sri lanka buddha remaining belonging or body parts are kept.
This temple is a must to see in anyone's itinerary.
Timings: Open 24 hours, every day , Price: 300 rm per person to be paid which is valid for Gangaram Temple also which is at walking distance from here
Shoes to be kept at free shoe counter.
Shoulder and knee to be covered
Good tuk tuk driver Sugath _ +94 776318950 is available .
It was raining heavily when we came here and we realized our cash was not suffiecient and he helped us get Lankan currency at a shop while leaving his meal and took was to red mosque and then to Airport. A really noble guy!
Written December 4, 2019
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Rohan A L F
Gampaha, Sri Lanka153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
On three island podiums on Beira Lake, Colombo easily visible from Sir James Peiris Road, is the Seema Malaka, a Buddhist temple, a beautiful & unexpected site. Amidst the hustle & bustle of the city, the tranquil temple takes us by surprise. Not to be outdone, we take to the bridge like walkway leading to the temple in the middle of the lake with the breeze cutting into us. Set on three linked platforms rising out of the lake, the temple has a small Bo tree & delicately carved kiosk on the two outer platforms standing on either side of the larger central structure. The lake is surrounded by fine old trees, provides welcoming breezes throughout the day & attracts pelicans, egrets & cormorants
Written November 10, 2014
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2tourtheworld
Cologne, Germany195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
You can reach it easily in the middle of a small lake. A modest but very nicely done temple with a lot of Buddha statues. Right next to it, there is an island that you can get to over a hanging bridge. Here you can find a great number of pelicans in the water and in the trees surrounding the lake. Also it´s very nice to meet all the Sri Lankan couples here, who sit around on benches everywhere, holding hands and enjoying a little twosome-time. A very common behavior in parks and such, as it´s not normal to do that on the streets or even in regular public places, so couples go into "semi-hiding". For westerners kind of funny to watch and experience.
Written August 9, 2014
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bearanddragonNevada
Chiang Mai, Thailand114 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Solo
I had an afternoon to kill in Colombo, so this ended up on the itinerary. It was actually the most pleasant site I saw in Colombo, which is saying a lot, since I would not recommend that any tourist spend any time there if possible and instead head for the beach or highlands.

The temple is calm and peaceful, and fairly clean. The view over the lake is serene. Best of all, I did not encounter a single tout or peddler of some sort. All in all, worth about 15 minutes of your time and a couple photos, as it is simply an open meditation-type space, and some nicely arranged statues, which is why I'm pegging it as a "poor" attraction. Avoid this place unless you have some real time to kill - as an alternative, any market visit or a brisk walk around the seafront in Colombo will be more interesting.
Written May 7, 2012
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