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8 Amazing Things To Do in Moratuwa Sri Lanka in 2024

Colombo city’s largest suburb is Moratuwa. Situated on Sri Lanka’s south-western coast, Moratuwa is close to the Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia. Located 18 km south of Colombo City Centre, on Galle Road or the main highway of Galle Colombo. Surrounded by water on three sides, Moratuwa is enveloped on the south by the river Moratu, on the east by the lake Bolgoda and on the west by the Indian Ocean, except towards the northern end of the city. The suburb is sparsely populated and has a number of places to see and things to do to keep the visitors engaged for long, making it one of Sri Lanka’s most attractive tourist destinations

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Veera Puran Appu who rose against oppression against the British in Kandy was born in Moratuwa. It comprises of 24 key areas. All of these areas have an array of attractions that keep the visitors engaged.

Top Things to Do in Moratuwa Sri Lanka

  • Bentota Beach
  • Gangaramaya Temple 
  • Udawalawe National Park
  • Colombo National Museum
  • Mount Lavina Beach
  • Scuba Diving
  • Dutch Period Museum
  • Galle Face Green

1. Bentota Beach

With a hip crowd and pristine beaches alive and thrilling, Bentota has an exquisite charm about itself. The beach is definitely the most ideal place for those on holiday looking for some relaxation. It also provides visitors with experience in water sports, a variety of opportunities. If you’re looking for a lavish place to stay, the beach resorts might sound exciting to you.


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2. Gangaramaya Temple 

Gangaramaya Temple is one of the most religious or holy places in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It’s a lovely blend of the essence of culture and modern architecture. The temple design evokes an unusual mix of design in China, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. It is a Buddhist temple with a range of majestic houses, which are not very far from Lake Beira’s tranquil waters. The Gangaramaya Temple, as of today, not only serves as a place of worship for the Buddhists but is also a learning centre. This temple is especially for the Buddhist involved in the welfare work. They have a family, an orphanage and a technical school for the elderly. This definitely is a great place to visit in Moratuwa.

3. Udawalawe National Park

Resting at the frontiers of the Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces, Udawalawe National Park is one of the major highlights of Sri Lanka. This location is very popular for seeing the best view of the wild elephant. Built over 165 km of area, this location is the third most visited city in the country. Udawalawe National Park entrance is located about 11 km from Pelmadulla-Timbolketiya A18 road, the sixth-largest wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka situated 180 km from Colombo in the south-central part of the island. Water Buffalo, Wildboar, Spotted Deer, Sambur Deer, Jackal, Samber, Langers are the main attractions of the Elephants Herds nature reserve making it one of the best things to do in Moratuwa.

4. Colombo National Museum

The National Museum of Sri Lanka also known as the Colombo National Museum is one of two museums in Colombo and is Sri Lanka’s largest Museum. The museum is maintained by the central government, Department of National Museum. Built by Sir William Henry in the year 1877, this museum houses the Sri Lankan insignia inside it making it one of the best places to visit in Moratuwa.

5. Mount Lavina Beach

Mount Lavina beach in the magnificent town of Colombo offers the perfect blend of entertainment and tranquility. There are a variety of amazing sights and places to explore in this suburb of the area. Mount Lavinia Beach is one such location. It’s a beach that gives the travellers way too much. The beach can be good fun for those in here on a romantic day out. There is also a range of restaurants which give the visitors exceptionally fantastic food. Water sports like swimming, scuba diving and surfing can be great fun.

6. Scuba Diving

The warm water guarantees the perfect time in May for a Scuba diving adventure. Sri Lanka’s beautiful blue waters are embellished with an abundance of marine creatures. Scuba Diving in Colombo is absolutely worth it, with a cool breeze that adorns your face right before you jump in is beyond ultimate bliss. Probably the best time to do Scuba Diving in Sri Lanka is in May this month.

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7. Dutch Period Museum

The Dutch Period Museum is a museum that very well deals with the history of Dutch rule in Sri Lanka. There are a number of things to see here for both the art lovers and history lovers. Established during the Dutch Occupation of Colombo period, the museum is located in Prince Street’s two-story building. The building was then the Dutch Governor’s residence, Thomas Van Rhee, during his term of office from 1692 until 1697. The building has been utilised for a number of purposes over the years. Here today it is one of the greatest places to visit in Moratuwa.


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8. Galle Face Green

Galle Face is an urban park spread over 5 hectares of ground and is one of the most famous places to visit in Moratuwa. With an ocean view, the park stretches in the heart of the business district and financial district of Colombo for half a kilometre along the coast. The park was initially used as a golf course or for horse racing but is now being used for sports such as rugby, polo, tennis, cricket, football and other sports.

Other Things to do in Moratuwa Sri Lanka

Water sports

As some beaches are found in the Moratuwa, visitors can enjoy a few water sports along with other activities here. Windsurfing, jet skiing, water skiing, wakeboarding, banana boat ride, canoeing and mono-skiing are some of the most popular water sports that can be enjoyed here.


Another great thing the adrenaline-driven adventure lovers can enjoy doing is diving. There are a number of agencies and tour packages to help you enjoy scuba diving on Sri Lanka beaches. There are plenty of opportunities available in the town for all water sports lovers.

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