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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  • Every Buddhist must visit. Others also can visit and expereince the Buddhist culture. The peace and calmness. Full Moon day, bit crowded. Otherwise always calm. Wear devent clothes to visit the temple...  more »
  • Visited this place on a hotel summer afternoon, but after reaching this place it was pleasant surprise. It was Vesak day i guess, and many people were there and it was so peaceful. Particularly the hu...  more »
  • This is an ancient Buddhist Temple. It is believed that the Lord Buddha had visited this land. It is a secret place for Buddhists in Sri Lanka.  more »
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  • A historic place.. busy at day but peaceful calm and quiet at night.. A good place to get relaxed and to do your religious activities.
  • It's not just a Buddhist temple. I think it has lot of mysterious facts to find by archeologists. Historians should find the reason behind "Sacred Cobra" symbol, which is prominently visible in almost every sculpture.
  • Peaceful place. It's fantastic at evenings. If you meditate this is the perfect place. Full with positive cosmic energy.
  • 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.
  • One of the best blessed places. Really good place to visit and sooth your mind with lot of merits.
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