What to do and see in Wattala, Sri Lanka: The Best Places and Tips

September 12, 2017 Jeremy Dunfee

Wattala (Sinhalese: වත්තල) is a large suburb of Colombo city, in Western Province, Sri Lanka, situated around 9km from Colombo city centre. This suburb is situated on A3 highway from Colombo to Negombo. Around Wattala, there are many villages and towns.
Restaurants in Wattala

1. Jally Tours - Day Tours

Wattala 11300, Sri Lanka
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5 based on 70 reviews

Jally Tours - Day Tours

we are a small, independent tour company which specializes in driving small groups on private guided tours around Sri Lanka. You will be treated to a unique Sri Lanka tour experience like no other with our experience and personalized service such as. # Culture Tours to Sri Lanka # Day Tours # Family holidays # Adventure trips # Wildlife Safaris

Reviewed By Valvola23 - Lausanne, Switzerland

I can higly recommand Jally’s facilities! He’s very professionnal, reactiv, attentionned for a full tailor made trip, discret, very kind, and always smiling. He can handle every situation to be sure that your holiday will be the best. You can trust him, he knows all the shortcuts, the good tips, the best prices, just let him guide you and share his knowledge.
Wonderfull time with Jally. Thank you very much you improved our stay !

2. Rehman Sri Lanka Tours

33 Fathima Road, Wattala 11300, Sri Lanka
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5 based on 1 reviews

Rehman Sri Lanka Tours

Its your holiday. Decide what you want, and we will put together the perfect itinerary, book all the hotels, buy tickets and take you everywhere so that your trip is full of experiences and free of trouble.

Reviewed By Dolf S - Rotterdam, The Netherlands

We were suggested to travel with Jally after friend and their parents as well had a really positive experience while traveling with Jally tours. The same can be said for us. He travelled with us throughout Sri Lanka for 20 days. Most of the trip was planned at home and Yally took care of some of the guesthouses, which were excellent. Some of them took us to the prettiest vistas in Sri Lanka. About half of them were booked by ourself online, which was no problem at all.
Jally proved to be an excellent tour guide with a wealth of knowledge about the country, but also about its traditions and its wildlife. He actually was a valuable addition to the two Safaris we made. He had a great eye for spotting wildlife and was able to explain about the animals as well.
Also the restaurant suggestions along the trip were always spot on, with good quality food for a fair prices. During the trip Yally always tried to arrange the best experience for us. That could be suggestions for a rafting trip, or a out of this world Ayurvedic spa treatment.
Very important also, Yally is an excellent driver in the chaotic Sri Lankan traffic, we never felt unsafe in the car.
We can only highly recommend planning a Sri Lankan tour with Yally. 100% trustworthy and a safe tour operator which really tries to offer you the best holiday possible.

3. Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa

Galle Road | Colombo, Hikkaduwa 80240, Sri Lanka +94 77 293 8338
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4 based on 1 reviews

Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa

Reviewed By Ifigeneia C - Thessaloniki, Greece

The people there were realy nice. They shaw as the place around and they gave us so many infomations about the turtles. We could touch the turtles and even hold them in our hands. Above all the money that you pay for the ticket goes for a good perpose, to preserve an animal speace

4. Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

Colombo, Sri Lanka +94 11 2 911505
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4.5 based on 515 reviews

Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

Reviewed By profjoypc - Alnwick, United Kingdom

The Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara is one of many 'must see' places for anyone interested in the Buddhist Temples of the island. Its history goes back to before 500 BCE and the third visit of Lord Buddha to Sri lanka. It has important paintings relating to the life of The Buddha, It is also famous for its wonderful image of the reclining Buddha. It is believed that the original Stupa enshrined a throne of gems upon which Lord Buddha sat. The place is tranquil and a huge privilege and pleasure to see.

5. St. Anthony's Church Kochikade Colombo

St Anthony's Mawatha | Kochchikade, Colombo, Sri Lanka +94 11 2 329303
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4.5 based on 229 reviews

St. Anthony's Church Kochikade Colombo

Reviewed By mrdom

All of the christian churches in Colombo seem to be plain affairs with little interest to tourists. St Anthony’s actually had a lot of people in it singing, which was nice until an old woman started literally chasing me to try to get me to buy prayer offerings. I guess the Buddhism has rubbed off on them.

6. Independence Square

Independence Avenue, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka
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4 based on 643 reviews

Independence Square

Reviewed By doijode - Shimoga District, India

I was stunned by seeing this Independence square architecture. So perfectly it’s build, it gives us the feeling that we are in some other country all together. And I must admit it’s so well maintained and clean. It’s a must visit place in Colombo. Garden is lush green and from whichever angle we click pictures it comes out perfect

7. R. Premadasa Stadium

Khettarama Road | Maligawatta, Colombo, Sri Lanka +94 11 2 681601
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4.5 based on 144 reviews

R. Premadasa Stadium

Reviewed By zamanwho - Dhaka City, Bangladesh

R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, popularly known as the Premadasa Stadium is a cricket stadium on Khettarama Road in Colombo. This Cricket ground is one of the iconic places in Sri Lanka for Cricket lovers. It is the largest stadium in Sri Lanka with its capacity of 35,000 spectators. You may visit the stadium if you are in Colombo and of course, if you are a cricket lover.

8. Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque

Second Cross Street, Colombo 01100, Sri Lanka +94 11 2 430750
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4 based on 277 reviews

Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque

Reviewed By Jane H - Dusseldorf, Germany

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great colors and architecture, friendly people, busy and lively area, beautiful place of worship
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as a lady I was not allowed to walk further than the entrance hall, no parking around, very busy and hectic streets around it, narrow streets so that the complete mosque was not really seeable from outside

9. Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

61 Sri Jinaratana Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka +94 11 2 435169
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

Reviewed By Margo P - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Walked to this temple from our hotel via Seema Malaka Temple which is just across the road from this one. We paid at the first temple (150 each) and it included visiting this one as well.
On arriving you have to walk around without your shoes so would advice to carry some socks with you as some of the floors can get quite hot! If you are not dressed correctly then they will give some cloths to cover yourself up with.
The route is numbered so can't get lost and we found it was a mixture of temple and museum artefacts! We did ask someone what all the museum bits were about and was told they were ancient relics!! Don't think so when we saw a boom box and also two toy tornado airplanes on display! At the end of the tour there is a car museum which consists of about 8 cars which are from the British era .
There are a few temple bits to see and The Praying Tree is worth seeing. Enjoyed what I saw and past a couple of hours or so!

10. Viharamahadevi Park

Colombo, Sri Lanka +94 11 2 426900
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4 based on 569 reviews

Viharamahadevi Park

Reviewed By Tash C - Oxford, United Kingdom

In the hustle and bustle of a very busy city this park offers a welcome break, bursting with gorgeous foliage, pelicans, stalks and flying foxes I really enjoyed just sitting around here for a few hours and watching the locals enjoying their day. Would 100% recommend spending a bit of time here whilst in the city. It will remain my favourite part!

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