Top 10 Things to do in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka

July 24, 2017 Nicolette Lion

Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia (Sinhalese: දෙහිවල-ගල්කිස්ස Dehiwala-Galkissa, Tamil: தெஹிவளை-கல்கிசை), population 245,974 (2012) is the second largest Municipality in Sri Lanka, and covers an extent of 2109 hectares. It lies south of the Colombo Municipal Council area and separated from it by the Dehiwala canal which forms the northern boundary of DMMC. Its southern limits lie in Borupana Road and the eastern boundary is Weras Ganga with its canal system and including some areas to its east (Pepiliyana, Gangodawila and Kohuwala). This town has extensive population and rapid industrialization and urbanization in recent years. It is home to Sri Lanka's National Zoological Gardens, which remains one of Asia's largest. Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Kalubowila and Colombo Airport, Ratmalana are some important landmark in this area. Dehiwela-Mount Lavinia and Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte being two large suburban centers of the city of Colombo function together as one large urban agglomeration in the Region (Western Province). The overspill from the City in residential and commercial uses of land have rapidly urbanised these suburban centers. Dehiwela-Mount Lavinia and Sri Jayawardenpaura along with Colombo Municipal Council form the most urbanized part of the core area of the Colombo Metropolitan Region. Dehiwala and Mount Lavinia lie along the Galle Road artery, which runs along the coast to the south of the country.
Restaurants in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia

1. Kalutara Bodhiya

Galle Colombo Main Road, Kalutara 12000, Sri Lanka
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4.5 based on 287 reviews

Kalutara Bodhiya

The Kalutara bodiya is one of the religious place which is venerated by all buddhist in sri lanka. anybody who comes from Colombo or galle stop over at the sacred shrine to pay their respects by way of worshipping and offerings. here is a hollow dagoba with interesting paintings.

Reviewed By Udarahema - Kottawa

Buddhism is a very historical and important place for visit. Inside main temple you able to go inside and do any religious activities. If you need to get relaxed to your mind please go there and stay few hours

2. Our Turtle Conservation Project

73/23 St Rita Road | Mount Lavinia, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia 31000, Sri Lanka +94 11 4 277195
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4 based on 108 reviews

Our Turtle Conservation Project

Reviewed By Cwood59

The plight of these lovely creatures from man made cruelty was sobering and saddening. Turtles with limbs missing from fishing nets and blind ones from fishing gone wrong and alarming harm done to them in hunting them for food and poaching their eggs made it a sad testament of human cruelty. The conservativion project requires our support in mitigating this. Do visit.

3. Off 2 Sri Lanka Private Tours

No 293/1B, Kaaliamahara | Western province, Piliyandala 10300, Sri Lanka
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Off 2 Sri Lanka Private Tours

We provide day tours to foreigners who visit Sri Lanka with the guidance of our well experienced team.Our prime aim is to give the best day tour experience to all our clients.

Reviewed By Melissa_G_Syd - Sydney, Australia

We just returned from a memorable two week trip in Sri Lanka, and would highly recommend Off 2 Sri Lanka for service that is friendly, professional and organised. We worked on our itinerary with Mr. Menaka who also recommended hotels within our budget. While we were on our trip, Mr. Menaka called to check in on us and wish us a great trip.
Our driver Tissa picked us up from Mirissa and we proceeded to visit Tangalla-Hatton-Kandy-Pollonaruwa-Sigiriya-Dambulla and Negombo. Tissa was a gentleman, extremely friendly, thoughtful and knowledgable. He gave us some great tips for local and authentic restaurants, and suggested some great stops to try local curd, quality cashews and tea.
Our trip was seamless- we saw more than what we had planned and had such a wonderful experience overall. Would highly recommend Off 2 Sri Lanka and our driver Tissa, and hope we'll make it back to Sri Lanka again!

4. Suba Gaman

Ratmalana, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia 20120, Sri Lanka +94 77 742 3523
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Suba Gaman

The pioneers in Tuk Tuk Tours in Sri Lanka, Suba Gaman offers travelers the exhilarating experience of riding a tuk tuk within a safe environment, assigned by trained, English-speaking drivers. It is easily the most fun way to have your own local friend and guide to show you around, with their own stories and inherent knowledge of the city. As part of the standard itinerary, Suba Gaman has a list of non touristy, rather rare, quirky recommendations that will give you a current and honest sneak-peek into Colombo life, attaching a brochure with a list of the locations.

Reviewed By LouLouFrog - Adelaide, Australia

Our tuk tuk driver, Shane was very friendly and really knows his stuff. He went out of his way to help us to buy a gift and took us to an alternative sporting shop so we could get it at a better price. His English...MoreThank you so much, we are glad you enjoyed our experience!

5. Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya

Boralesgamuwa, Sri Lanka
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Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya

Reviewed By Randil H - Horana, Sri Lanka

Bellanwila Rajamaha Vihara is a sacred temple situated about 10 km away from Colombo. The temple was built when Sri Lanka was a monarchy. People from all nearby cities visit there, sometimes even from other districts. The temple is situated in an urban area although the place is calm and peaceful. Most of the visitors to the temple are from nearby cities. There is a grand shrine room with a very high standing Buddha statue and also many other images and statues related to Lord Buddha's life and Buddhism.

6. Sri Lanka Airforce Museum

New Airport Rd | SLAF Base Ratmalana, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia 31000, Sri Lanka +94 11 2 625615
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Sri Lanka Airforce Museum

Reviewed By priyadarshi2016 - Colombo, Sri Lanka

A genuine effort made to portrait SLAF from the modest beginnings , aviation related memorabilia and with some model air crafts . Thank you SLAF for the experience

7. Zen Island

No. 67 Mirihana Road, Nugegoda 10250, Sri Lanka +94 71 051 5175
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Zen Island

A place to go to get away from your busy life. Find Zen Island offering a range of relaxing spa treatments, Manicures & Pedicures.

Reviewed By Chathini - Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location - convenient and they have parking.
Service - I got done gel color soak off and a cut and polish. And it was terrible. That person filed the top of my nail (she said she can't remove the gel color without filing the top coat first). This is the first time I have done that as every time OPI people just remove gel color easily using foil.
She damaged one of my nail bed, So I asked to stop it. She couldn't communicate well she is an indonesian I think. And they charged 2500/- or 2000/- LKR for the soak off and for the cut and polish. ridiculous.
In OPI they use all the OPI products and its excellent service. May be they are good for massages, but not for nails. They have lot to learn and they got that potential. And of course they have a manager with a very bad mouth.

8. Sri Anjaneyar Temple

3/11 Sri Bodhirukkarama Road, Kalubowila-Dehiwala, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia 31000, Sri Lanka +94 11 2 726444
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Sri Anjaneyar Temple

Reviewed By SumitNagori - Bengaluru, India

Sri Anjaneyar Temple is located in the Dehiwala-Mount lavinia area of Colombo. It is about 30-45 mins from the main area of Colombo. The temple has Sri Hanuman as the main deity. Panchamukha Hanuman is a five faced idol of Lord Hanuman in the temple. The temple also has idols of Nandi, Navagraha, Rama, Sita, Ganesha and Jain idol of Lord Parshwanath to worship. There is a Shani temple right opposite to this temple which is also constructed and run by the same trust.
Both the temples are nice and has wonderfully carved idols. Our visit to the temple made our minds peaceful and calm. The temple opens at 5:30 in the morning and closes at 8 in the evening with an afternoon closing from 1pm to 4:30pm. There is a morning pooja held at 8:00 in the morning and an aarti in the evening around 6-6:30. You need to cover your shoulders and legs while entering the temple, no short dresses allowed.

9. Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple

Thimbirigasyaya Rd, Colombo 00500, Sri Lanka
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4.5 based on 114 reviews

Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple

Reviewed By zamanwho - Dhaka City, Bangladesh

Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Colombo built nearly 150 years ago. The interior of the temple is really enchanted with heavily decorated with colorful murals and beautiful statues all over its wall and ceiling, although its exterior is not very impressive.

10. 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

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