What comes to mind when you hear Sri Lanka? Obscure forests, beautiful beaches, never aging yet ancient ruins, captivating tea estates and many elephants, right? This destination which is slowly becoming the new tourist hotspot is all about nature and absolutely irresistible. Sri Lanka is home to many beautiful cities and towns and there are many beautiful suburbs in these beautiful cities that reek of everything natural and nature’s beauty makes it beautiful. One such suburb is Moratuwa in Colombo which is actually one of the largest suburbs in Colombo city and there are many nature places to visit in Moratuwa. From castles to forests and zoos to parks there are plenty of nature places in Moratuwa to keep you entertained. Visit these places to be the closest to nature in Sri Lanka and we are sure just like us you too will fall in love with the place. The charm is such that you just can’t escape it.
5 Top Nature Places To Visit In Moratuwa
From lakes to forests there is so much in Moratuwa that you will be surprised at the fact that such a small place can hold so much. Moratuwa is absolutely magical and these 5 nature places to visit in Moratuwa only go on to reiterate what we are saying. Check them out and get a glimpse into one of the most beautiful suburbs of Sri Lanka.
1. Viharamahadevi Park
A vacation to Sri Lanka with friends and family is incomplete without a trip to the Viharamahadevi Park. Adorned with beautiful lotus ponds, majestic trees, paved walkways, and a stunning fountain, this makes up for a perfect place for a fun time with loved ones. Particularly a fun place for kids, children can take delight in the jolly train rain, watch the animals in the mini zoo or gawk at the variety of fishes in the aquarium. The park is conveniently located opposite to the renowned colonial Town Hall in Colombo and is easy to reach. It also hosts golden statues of the Buddha, Queen Victoria, and Queen Viharamahadevi, showcasing the majestic heritage and culture.
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2. Richmond Castle
Located nearby the Kalutara city, historic Edwardian mansion, Richmond Castle is a worth visiting place in Sri Lanka. It took 10 years from 1900 to 1910 that this popular mansion was built to finally become the seat of the Mudaliyar Don Arthur de Silva Wijesinghe Siriwardena for administrative purpose. Today it remains one of the select few major tourist destinations in this region. This two-story building has 16 rooms whose 34 windows and 99 doors appeal to all visitors. As a Sri Lankan architectural marvel, its construction remained unique. Its essential stuff had been imported from various countries that included its Italian floor titles; Burmese teaks grape vines to glass décors from Scotland and bathroom fittings to iron stairs from England to name a few. This tourist spot is highly rushed nowadays.
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3. Bodhinagala Forest Hermitage
A country with its rich natural resources and wildlife, Sri Lankan itineraries make a visit to Bodhinagala Forest Hermitage in the Ingiriya area of Kalutara mandatory. It is famous for serenity and fresh environment. This forest hermitage is also denoted with Dombagaskanda located at the Kalu Ganga River banks. Undoubtedly, this hermitage is today a popular landmark in the region. Its natural rainforests literally separate the hermitage from the bustling urban lifestyle. That is why Bodhinagala Forest Hermitage remains sought after location for the nature lovers.
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4. Dehiwala Zoo
Established in 1936, Dehiwala zoo is one of the oldest zoological garden in Asia that is located in the Mount Lavinia district of Sri Lanka. Spread over an area of 11 acres and home to almost 3000 animals and three hundred and ten species of flora and fauna, Dehiwala Zoo is a perfect place for the visitors to have a candid rendezvous with the wildlife while enjoying the elephant show and sea lion performance which is held every evening. It also has a charming picturesque butterfly garden with 30 species of butterfly which is decorated with shrubs, trees and small streams and exhibits the various stages of their life cycles.
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5. Bolgoda Lake
One of the most beautiful nature places to visit in Moratuwa is the famous Bolgoda Lake. The lake is made up of partly brackish and partly fresh water and consists of two important water bodies. The Bolgoda Lake is also one of the most important and primary sources of fresh water in Sri Lanka and it is the lake’s natural beauty that brings tourists here. There was a threat to the sanctity of this lake as industrial chemicals and effluents were discharged into it but EMACE came to its rescue and decided to resolve this issue so the lake remains to be clean and is one of the most beautiful places you will visit on your Sri Lankan escapade. Make sure you don’t miss out on this one.
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On this note, we come to a conclusion and that is that you must not keep Moratuwa off your Sri Lankan itinerary. With so many nature places to visit in Moratuwa you just can’t go wrong. What’s more is that this is not all. There are many interesting places to party and many great cafes and restaurants to explore too. You can have a romantic date or maybe enjoy some drinks with your friends or have a hearty dinner with your family. All that we are saying is just don’t skip Moratuwa on your Sri Lankan trip. Have fun!