Tsunami Honganji Vihara, Hikkaduwa

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A 30 m tall (54 ft) statue of Buddha facing the ocean at Tsunami Honganji Vihara commemorates more than 2,000 victims who perished in the 2004 tsunami. Built with the assistance of Japan's Honganji Temple of Kyoto, the statue was based on the Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan, destroyed by the Taliban in March 2001. Erected a couple hundred meters from the shore, the statue stands on a platform guarded by four lions surrounded by a pond. The location makes a nice stopover just off Bentota-Galle Road at Hikkaduwa town. Consider combining your visit with a stop at the nearby sea turtle hatchery. Using our online itinerary creator, Hikkaduwa attractions like Tsunami Honganji Vihara can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • A must-have in the area of Hikkaduwa. especially to grasp the extent of the tsunami also figuratively. Get off, watch, let, think, understand
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  • If you're in Hikkaduwa, then this is the place to visit is obligatory. Before the trip, provoking the FPI, so you will be more understandable and interesting.
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  • A statue donated by the Japanese after the tsunami. Gigantic! Good photo stop
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A popular tourist spot for swimming and surfing, Hikkaduwa offers a good selection of mid-range beach-oriented lodgings. Boutique-style luxury resorts, inexpensive guesthouses, and even beach huts will put you close to the water. A number of diving centers offer their own basic accommodations. For those wanting more privacy and tranquility, a number of hotels cluster around nearby Hikkaduwa Lake, with scenic views and serene balconies.
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