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Kalutara Bodhiya, Kalutara

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Standing near a sacred Bodhi tree, Kalutara Bodhiya ranks among Sri Lanka's most revered Buddhist sites. The temple has experienced quite a turbulent history. It served as a military fort under the Portuguese, as well as an administrative building for the Dutch and British, probably due to its strategic location. Buddhists have venerated the temple since 1042 CE, when the prince planted a new Bodhi tree here--reputed to be one of the 32 saplings from the sacred fig under which the Buddha attained enlightenment. Using our custom trip planner, Kalutara attractions like Kalutara Bodhiya can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • As with most of Sri Lanka all the Buddhists respect and honour the shrine at Kalurara everyone stops and pays respect at the shrine just as we did a quite humbling experience 
  • Beautiful temple. In the evening, passing near it, you hear a loud chirping of birds. The entire surrounding area of the temple is covered with them. Stunner.
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  • This place was a really nice stop. The buildings were simple yet beautiful I recommend this place if you have some time. 
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  • one place a budhdhist must visit