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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. Plan your Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara visit and explore what else you can see and do in Colombo using our Colombo trip generator.
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  • Place to get Peace, Relax and Pray. Specially on Poya Days such as Vesak, Posan. Cool place covered by trees  more »
  • Out of all the Temples we visited in Sri Lnaka , this was the greatest location. So calm & peaceful.The local folks say that once you worship this temple all your sins would go away. No doubt about th...  more »
  • 1 No proper eating place 2 No Infrustructure for the average traveller 3 Vendors selling flowers quote unreasonable prices when they see foreigners 4 Area is always unclean 5 Too many beggars around a...  more »
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  • Load Buddha's 3rd visit to Sri Lanka marked in kelaniya. This is a world famous Buddhist temple. Environment around the temple is terrible. Pilgrims visit this place throws many garbage here and there. But still you can experience the charm surrounding of the temple.
  • A place Lord Buddha visited. A great dagoba near the Kelanai river.
  • This is very famous historical Buddhist temple in Sir Lanka. All the Buddhists in the world must visit this sacred place which has had the holy touch of the sacred Lord Buddha.
  • The temple is also famous for its image by the artist Solias Mendis. Buddhists believe the temple to have been hallowed during the final visit of the Lord Buddha
  • Lord Buddha's visited third time to Sri Lanka. Sacred to Buddhists.