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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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  • It a very good religious place to visit. There is a pageant in December - January with several elephants.  more »
  • We were only one day in Colombo, as we were 4, we opted for a taxi that will take us to the most important sites. The Kelaniya is the most important Buddhist temple in Colombo. It was full of people. The exterior is very nice and the interior deserves the pna
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  • Egoda and Megoda Kaleniya..by Hasangani Edema Seven miles away from Colombo, the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya is one of the most sought after Buddhist temples. It is believed to have been graced by Lor...  more »
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  • 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
  • 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".
  • - 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.
  • 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.

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