We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Wolvendaal Church

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Wolfendhal Street, Pettah, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Phone Number:
+94 11 2 360577
Book In Advance
More Info
US$55.00*
and up
Colombo City Tour by Tuk Tuk
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 104 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 33
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
A Historical place

Wolvendaal Church (Wolvendaalse Kerk) is located in Pettah, a neighbourhood of Colombo. It is one of the most important Dutch Colonial era buildings in Sri Lanka, and is one of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
drjavedrasheed
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

104 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 88: English reviews
Doha, Qatar
Level Contributor
636 reviews
445 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 328 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perhaps the most interesting Colonial building in Colombo this exquisite Dutch church was completed in 1757. The building once sat in a swampy area known as the wolf's dale due to the mistaken belief that packs of roaming Jackals were in fact wolves. It now sits on a busy urban street in a commercial and residential area. The church needs... More 

Helpful?
Thank DohaInternational
Level Contributor
203 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wolvendaal Church (Wolvendaalse Kerk) is located in Pettah, a neighbourhood of Colombo. It is one of the most important Dutch Colonial era buildings in Sri Lanka, and is one of the oldest Protestant churches still in use in the country. Visited this place in the first week of December 2016 and this has a historical past and is worth visiting.... More 

Helpful?
Thank drjavedrasheed
New Delhi, India
Level Contributor
280 reviews
111 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

This old church must have been a beautiful building once upon a time.Now it is in dire straits - crumbling and needs urgent repair to maintain its history

Helpful?
Thank Gayatri G
Hyderabad, India
Level Contributor
98 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

This looks to be a pretty old church. Worth a visit. But you get a feeling that this church can be maintained better.

Helpful?
Thank karthick2015
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Level Contributor
98 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

This cherch is build on durch period. very wonderful place to tourists. this church is build in that period in the highest place in Colombo( Sri Lanka)

Helpful?
Thank fhanifdeen
Manipal, India
Level Contributor
355 reviews
220 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 302 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

It comes on the way to the Airport and hence we took a chance to see the Church. Its very nice if you have the time.

Helpful?
Thank Nagnish
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
278 reviews
118 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

Tucked away in the old city part of Colombo this Dutch Reformed Church was built in 1749 by the Dutch East India Company. It has weathered life in Colombo for all of these years and there are interesting points to see both inside and outside the church building. Of particular note are the gravestones of the Dutch settlers and colonists... More 

Helpful?
Thank TravellingManOz
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

This is one of the most historic buildings in Colombo that is associated with the colonization period. Built in the mid 1700's, it is a walk back into time to stroll inside and out. I found it particularly interesting as some of my German and Dutch ancestors were married in this church. Just a donation in the tin at the... More 

Helpful?
Thank allaboy
Level Contributor
18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

Great church from the Dutch colonial period. A very knowledgeable man is present who is happily to inform you about the place.

Helpful?
Thank Jasper M
Wem, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

Interesting hatchments (gravestones in brass) on the floor excellent preservation of old memorials brought in from the old Pettah Burial Ground

Helpful?
Thank Kabristan

Travellers who viewed Wolvendaal Church also viewed

Colombo, Western Province
Colombo, Western Province
 

Been to Wolvendaal Church? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Wolvendaal Church staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?