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Kalutara Bodhiya, Kalutara

4.6
#2 of 37 in Historic Sites in Western Province
Landmark Religious Site
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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  • Once you have attained the final stage in the great dome you can hear it... The sound of the noise and the whisper of the people, you must have heard it yourself.
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  • Spectacular site! Wonderful huge stupa and temple with beautiful views of the surrounding river and railway / vehicular bridges - and no horrifically overpriced (and discriminatory) entry fees and tou...  more »
  • Lord Buddha and Buddhism is now centralised around the temple. All travellers go pass Kalutara bodhi worship it or at least put coins to get blessings. Dr Aruna S Kondasinha  more »
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • One of most beautiful temples in Sri Lanka, must visit this place
  • 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.
  • Good buddhist temple.

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Where to stay in Kalutara

Beach resorts dominate in Kalutara, with a selection of large, luxurious options pressed right up against the coast. Most of these expansive resorts offer swimming pools, restaurants, and a range of amenities to complement their natural surroundings. If you're looking for something more budget-friendly, cast your eye a few streets back from the beach to find basic guesthouses, which offer little in the way of amenities, but plenty in terms of rustic charm and friendliness.
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