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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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  • A tree with fruit bats, gave US a well-liked, vis vis were there in the evening hours, therefore we have seen also the temple ceremony
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  • The temple would sold us as very beautiful. That has not come true unfortunately. The temple was built as a very unloving and decorated. All in all very sparse. Was only good that today is full moon, and the temple full of white-dressed people was the to the pray came.
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  • A really nice location by the river on the edge of a busy road. Large picturesque Stupa. Very quiet when we visited. Small but really interesting frescoes of the life of Buddha. Take a nice tuk tuk jo...  more »
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  • Is believed to be one of the 32 saplings of Jayasri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.
  • Love to be here. Most earning Sacred place in the country, of course earning means donations by the devotees and pilgrims..
  • Very nice place.
  • A religious place worshiped by thousands of Buddhists.Lot of pilgrims from close by areas gather here on every poya day to observe Sil. It is a calm and quiet place ideal for meditation, Sometime back there was an article in one of the week-end papers on Kalutara Bodhiya which clearly explained as to how they spend the money collected from the pilgrims and donated by devotees. It seems the Committee that controls the place helps other religious places in and around Kalutara by way of money for the improvement of such places.
  • Sri Lanka s most beautiful temple.