Kalutara Bodhiya, Kalutara

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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  • August 18, 2017
    Very spacious Temple, there was little jewelry items, just a place of silence and worship as a huge clear sky!
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  • August 12, 2017
    Unique temple complex is located on the river Kalu Ganga, Kalutara South. The temple is located near the road, Galle road.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Great stupa through the South goal road, go towards the southwest coast is impressive. Large temple pilgrimage come from not only local people but also across the country, is a few minutes walk from the bus station. When riding public buses pass here, a little front conductor begins collecting pennies from everyone, from everyone in the car honked again. Put a donation goal road along Temple Street in the Offertory box and momentarily stops the conductor collected from everyone, go to pray. Float passes down moment everyone is very pleasing. Not only to go through if you have time (lol) is so super simple behavior to stand by the way this shows respect for the temple while in the hanging out. Looks good Vantage even without interest in Buddhism is white, clean large pagodas and temples in decor, and along the river landscape and won't be disappointed. = Hicks from all over Japan come to pray lots come from, old chap gairann step out and hey alot of Mon back and forth to them, let's take a lot instruction of is also not bad and so dangerous, so to ashiraimashou.
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  • June 16, 2017
    One of the most beautiful temple surrounded by Kalu River, 33 Km only from the capital City of Colombo, On Poya days temple will be crowded and more decorative
  • May 19, 2017
    one of the most worshiped temples in Sri Lanka. During Wesak poya day there are so many Buddhists from all parts of the island comes here to worship Lord Buddha.
  • May 15, 2017
    One of most beautiful temples in Sri Lanka, must visit this place
  • May 5, 2017
    Kalutara Bodhiya is historically important due to the fact that it was one of the 32 places indicated by Arahant Mahinda Thera to the king Devananpiya Tissa in the 2nd century B.C. as a place where one of the thirty two saplings of the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi tree in Anuradhapura be planted, to which the King extended his patronage.
  • July 4, 2017
    Good buddhist temple.

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