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Tsunami Photo Museum

Templeroad | just north of Hikkaduwa, Telwatta, Sri Lanka
+94 91 3 900884
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Emotional and beautiful pictures

Worth visiting as a reminder of what happened here 13 years ago. The lady who runs it built the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A TripAdvisor Member
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Extremely movi g

I made my husband (Sri Lankan) stop here & glad we did. After driving past all the old, derelict... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Templeroad | just north of Hikkaduwa, Telwatta, Sri Lanka
+94 91 3 900884
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth visiting as a reminder of what happened here 13 years ago. The lady who runs it built the museum where her home was destroyed. It is quite emotional looking at the pictures and hearing her memories.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I made my husband (Sri Lankan) stop here & glad we did. After driving past all the old, derelict, abandoned homes & the cemetery built to house all the bodies I felt it was important to acknowledge this disaster. Yes, it is confronting with some...More

Thank ferbcliff
Reviewed 3 November 2017

This little museum is very impressive and extremely moving. There are photos, drawings, maps, and personal stories. I it had a big impact on me, specially the "still missing" section. You can really feel the tragedy of that day there.

Thank evaelei
Reviewed 31 October 2017

This small museum sited at the roadside on the main Colombo- Galle highway shows in graphic photos the tragedy of the 2004 tsunami and the wreckage of the train caught in the tidal wave in which over 1440 people died. Sad but well worth a...More

Thank Norman B
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

The Tsunami photo museum bears witness to the terrible tsunami of 2004. It is located close to the village of Peraliya which suffered massive devastation and still bears the scars of what happened on that day. It is also the site of the train derailment...More

Thank heavenlyblu
Reviewed 28 August 2017

You just have to go & see this. It may not be what you expect as it is two small separate areas under a roof. One being the original home of the lady who looks after it, that was swept away in the Tsunami. It...More

Thank Bearscage
Reviewed 14 August 2017

The 'tour' starts with the explanation about the Tsunami. The photo's are very impressive. The guides actually experienced the Tsunami, that makes it even more unrealistic what has happened..

Thank Thomas H
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

It has been said in all other reviews, but when you are near, you must visit this. We all know what happened during the tsunami, but when you see the photo's in this small museum, only than do you understand the impact of what happened...More

Thank edlauwerens
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

This place is very impressive and moving. I think it really is a must see in Sri Lanka. There are photos, maps, drawings and personal stories and it really had an impact on me. The story about a mom who couldn't hold on to her...More

1  Thank Ditalion
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

A small museum which holds an impressive photo collection regarding the Tsunami. It tells a detailed story what happened. There are also photos not suited for smaller children.

Thank PBTN
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