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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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  • Worth a visit but wouldn't make a special journey. The frieze in the Bodhiya detailing the life of the Buddha is interesting and the area where the stupa is situated has a number of beautiful shrines ...  more »
  • Such a tranquil place in the town of Kalutara. One gets a sense of fulfilment when inside the temple. So serene and peaceful. There Bodhiya has two places on either side of the road and on the banks o...  more »
  • One of the gretest temple in recently build very famous among travellers.locals who travells south put donation to get blessings.beauty because of it's massive Stupa and Old Bo tree.Stupa is great bec...  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.
  • 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.
  • One of most beautiful temples in Sri Lanka, must visit this place
  • Is believed to be one of the 32 saplings of Jayasri Maha Bodhi¬†in¬†Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.