Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, Colombo

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Enjoy the spiritual atmosphere at Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, a Buddhist temple near Colombo. Buddha himself reputedly visited the original temple during his third trip to Sri Lanka (thus dating it to before 500 BCE). Destroyed several times during its turbulent history, notably by Indian invaders and the Portuguese, the temple was restored in the 18th century by the Dutch. Explore the complex and immerse yourself in the rich history and calm ambience. Step inside the quiet interior to see the numerous paintings and statues that depict the life of Buddha. Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Colombo Edition.
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  • Also known as Kelaniya Temple is a Buddhist temple, with a history believed to be dated back to before 500 BC, located in Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, a few miles from Colombo. It is believed by the devotees ...  more »
  • The Kelaniya Temple, which is about a half hour drive from Colombo, is one of the three largest Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka and one of the holiest, finest and largest; place of pilgrimage of millions of the faithful. The air we breathe is imbued with faith perceivable even if you are not Buddhist. Inside it has beautiful frescoes that narrate the life of Buddha. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site and it is really worth a visit. I take this opportunity to thank our local taxi driver Dimuth Gurusinghe (contact WhatsApp + 94774938898), that with the modest expense of $25 per person (we were a group of 8 friends), she offered a tour of 7 hours of Columbus and all its major attractions, including this wonderful Temple.
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  • This Vihara is definitely one of the main tourist attractions in Colombo. Through its architectures and paintings, you can relive the history of Buddhism in this country. It is definitely one of the a...  more »
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  • Sacred and Ancient Buddhist Temple. Enough parking available. Good place for students and kids learn buddhist art and culture. Normally crowded, but good place to spend some time with inner peace
  • One of the historic temples in close proximity to Colombo. If you are a Buddhist, or even a Tourist, this is one of the must visit places. Parking is plentiful, but it can be crowded on the weekend.
  • This is an ancient historic Buddhist temple. a place of holy and scenic beauty. may devotees gather to offer flowers and worship lord buddha. a very scared place of worship. a large area, well planed surrounding. on full poya days devotes gather by thousands.
  • Nice and calm place except on full moon days and weekends.
  • This place good for relaxing our mind.. Very crowded in poyadays..This place has very proud past.. Lord Buddha have visited
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