Colombo City Tour

Dear international colleagues Here is a good opportunity for international participants. You will get a chance to travel around the Colombo city in Sri Lanka. This offer will be limited to two trips of 50 international participants registered in ACRS 2024

Date : 18 th November 2024 & 20 th November 2024

You are requested to register at the registration desk in the conference.

Enjoy an exciting Open Deck city sightseeing experience in Sri Lanka’s premier city. A venture in collaboration with Sri Lanka Tourism, you will be charmed by the city’s colonial heritage and fascinated by its promise for the future.

Some of The Highlights of The Tour

Gangaramaya Temple

What was once a swamp adjoining the famous Beira Lake, a landmark in the capital city, is today a vibrant complex comprising the Gangaramaya Temple, the ‘Seema Malaka’ – an assembly hall for monks – in the picturesque Beira Lake and a vocational training institute. The temple has been in existence for over 120 years having being established by one of the most famous scholar monks, Venerable Hikkaduwe Sri Sumanagala Nayaka Thera, founder of the Vidyodaya Pirivena, originally an institute of oriental learning for monks, now a State University – Sri Jayewardenapura University.

Dutch Wolvendaal Church

The Dutch word Wolfendale means the ‘Dale of Wolves’ and it relates to an area outside the Fort of Colombo in Sri Lanka which was in the 17th century covered with swamps and marshland. Animals identified as wolves (in fact they were jackals!) used to roam here unhindered. In the middle of this area, on a hill overlooking Colombo, stands the majestic Wolfendale Church. Built in 1749, it is one of the oldest Protestant churches still in use on the island and considered one of the most beautiful and historically interesting churches of South Asia.

The Old Parliament of Sri Lanka

The Old Parliament Building, is the building that houses the Presidential Secretariat of Sri Lanka. Situated in the Colombo fort facing the sea, it is in close proximity to the President's House, Colombo. The building houses the island's legislature for 53 years until the New Parliament Complex was opened at Sri Jayewardenepura in 1983. It is next to the General Treasury Building.

The Nelum Pokuna (Lotus Pond)

The Nelum Pokuna (Lotus Pond) – Mahinda Rajapakse Theatre is a fully equipped sate of the art performance center, meant for large scale theatrical productions. The ease of access and the other facilities in the area ensures that foreign, local producers and artistes are given the prime opportunity to promote their work financially and artistically. Hence, the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaska Theatre becomes a solid body for bringing in foreign investment to the economy and will play a vital role in promoting tourism in Sri Lanka

Town Hall

The Town Hall of Colombo is the headquarters of the Colombo Municipal Council and the office of the Mayor of Colombo. Built in front of the Viharamahadevi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka, it is the meeting place for the elected municipal council.
The foundation stone was laid on May 24, 1924, by Mayor of Colombo T. Reid, CCS, and the work was completed in 1927. Designed by S. J. Edwards, it was originally meant to house the office of the mayor and the council chamber, and as a venue for functions requiring a large ballroom.