The Sri Ponnambala Vaneswara is a Hindu temple, established by Ponnambalam Mudliyar, who built it in 1856 from bricks and mortar. His son, a famous politician at that time, Sir Ramanathan Ponnambalam, decided to rebuild the temple entirely of imported Indian granite. It is considered to be one of the oldest Shivan temples in Colombo. The temple is of particular interest, because of the beautifully stone carvings and its nine porticos. There are almost no painted statues in the temple. It is well worth visiting this large temple and the splendor of the stone carvings. The main entrance is at Jampettah Lane, but the back entrance is in the same street as St. Anthony’s Church, just 50 meters north of it. Moreover, on that side there is also the parking lot of the temple. The temple will close at 11.30 a.m. punctually and reopens at 4.00 p.m.