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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  • October 3, 2017
    It is located quite far from Colombo city center. It is roughly about 10-12 kilomerters away but I can tell your time here will worth it. It is the place where culture, religion and history meets. It ...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    This Buddhist temple has very long history. According to the history, Lord Buddha had visited Sri Lanka 3 times and the third visit was the Kelaniya. Located about 10 km away from Colombo .  more »
  • September 26, 2017
    A 12-metre-high statue of Buddha, very impressionant, one confronts her! We had the luck of the Tïmïrrïw to be alone on the system
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  • July 9, 2017
    In the Top 16 places of Buddhist devotees. Poyadays and other weekends heavily crowded. Dagaba, Bo-Tree and Buddhist Statues are more and more attractive. River kelani is faced in one side to temple. Ancient place, Recommended this place for all locals and foreigners. Budu Saranai
  • July 17, 2017
    One of the famous buddhist temples in Sri Lanka & people believe Lord Buddha has visited the place to solve Chulodara & Mahodara's fight. Nice and calm place to visit in no rush days/hrs. Also there is a common saying "All your sin go away if worship one time Kalaniya Temple".
  • July 1, 2017
    - බුදුන් ගේ තෙවන ලංකා ගමනය සිදුවූ ස්තානය - famous temple in srilanka and nice religion place people are good and lot of vehicles park available and kelaniya bus stand located in walking distance.
  • June 6, 2017
    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.
  • June 9, 2017
    A place Lord Buddha visited. A great dagoba near the Kelanai river.

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