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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. Use our Hikkaduwa itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara and other attractions in Hikkaduwa.
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  • Visit this museum mini poorly preserved but lots of photos and emotion, leave a small donation is a good thing
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  • Beautiful image in pond and a small museum of photography. Worth. Impressive
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  • The food was delicious , the best indian food I 've tasted in sri lanka so far. The interiors are wonderfully decorated and eating by the ocean makes the experience even more enjoyable.  more »

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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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