Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple, Matale

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Explore the 13 caves of Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple to find important relics of Sri Lanka’s Buddhist history. Tucked between hills, the temple was founded by third century BCE King Devanampiya Tissa after he introduced the religion to his people. The main building displays the original Pali Canon (sutras), which monks still copy using traditional methods on "ola" (palm) leaves and offer for purchase. Other caves exhibit relics, such as a reclining Buddha, paintings of the Himalayan mountains and the four great rivers, or depictions of sinners being punished in hell. You need a priest's permission to take photographs, but can store your shoes for free at the entrance. For Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple and beyond, use our Matale day trip planner to get the most from your Matale vacation.
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  • Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple is not to be missed while in Sri Lanka. It is amazing to see all the work that was done so long ago. The details and the colors are fantastic.  more »
  • Many stairs but worth the effort. Temple carved from the rock up to 5 different caves / temples. A little dark in the temples but understandable. Trip Advisor please remove Buddha photo from your post...  more »
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  • Really nice temple. In the museum you can get a really nice souvenir. They will write your name on a palm leaf. But be careful about people around. Some man took as to a herbal garden after the temple visit and it was a big tourist trap.
  • Historical place in matale.This is a cave temple .These caves were carved out of the granite rocks. Once you have climbed a large staircase there are fantastic views over the surrounding countryside. Caves have some amazing wall paintings - particularly graphic are the pictures of Hell. Now a UNESCO Heritage site these caves give a massive insight into life 2000 years ago.This is the place that buddhist theories wrote in papers first time in world
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