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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  • Very good and excellent. It was breath taking to see and learn everything about the temple. We even had a personal guide to show us around.  more »
  • It is the best in the Colombo area. Also you must visit half a day if you have time. Have seen many Buddhist murals and modern Buddhist painting with Western influenced and overwhelming. Because without knowing the extra Wow's.
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  • Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara is popularly known as Kelaniya Temple is a Buddhist temple in Kelaniya, it’s located about 10 km from Colombo. Buddhists believe the temple to have been sacred during the thi...  more »
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  • the dressed up dancers and elephant procession on full moon is a great event of this place. the street food is great here too. Cheakpeas and the pan that you get here gives it the traditional touch. The story goes that the buddha got 30 seedlings out of which one was planted here and is still there. on the auspicious day of full moon the people carry a bowl of water and make three rounds of the temple before offering the water to the tree.
  • Kelani Rajamaha Viharaya, one of the most revered historic Buddhist temples of the orient. Set on the summit of a small mound lapped by the waters of the river Kelani, this beautiful shrine presents one of the most panoramic views ever offered to the tourist by this small island of ours, the pearl of the Indian Ocean.
  • This is a historic temple. Very calm and quiet nature.
  • The sacred place for Buddhists where relics of Lord Buddha was entombed inside the dageba. Usually a bit crowded during weekends.
  • It Is a very calmly and quality place .

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