Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple, Matale

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Explore the 13 caves of Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple to find important relics of Sri Lanka’s Buddhist history. Tucked between hills, the temple was founded by third century BCE King Devanampiya Tissa after he introduced the religion to his people. The main building displays the original Pali Canon (sutras), which monks still copy using traditional methods on "ola" (palm) leaves and offer for purchase. Other caves exhibit relics, such as a reclining Buddha, paintings of the Himalayan mountains and the four great rivers, or depictions of sinners being punished in hell. You need a priest's permission to take photographs, but can store your shoes for free at the entrance. For Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple and beyond, use our Matale day trip planner to get the most from your Matale vacation.
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  • This is an ancient and a prominent place of buddhist worship. Many steps to climb, not for the faint hearted. No footwear and suitable clothing covering knees and arms for both sexes.  more »
  • As an experienced travelers, this sight is our most recommended Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. About 270 stairs to get up there.  more »
  • On the road from Kandy to Dambulla, we brought a visit to the Viharaya Aluvihara in Matale. Was not on the program so it was a surprise. Quite surprising was the temple complex itself. It consists of several temples on different levels on the mountain. Steps connect the temples with each other. There are a number of magnificent frescoes. Intriguing, because they are hell for. On the various deadly sins that man can commit (including adultery, lie and lust) are various punishments, which are very informative. Complete with demons and hell fire. Very special actually, because Buddhism there welwaar that people stupid, ignorant and bad, but no death sins know who a banishment to hell. More or less next to the the rock cut Temple is a "Golden" pagoda. I am not been because it got me crazy to have to climb such a end with 35 degrees. If you so on the move of Kandy to Dambulla, stop in Matale. You will certainly be rewarded for.
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  • Beautiful ancient temple on the Matale Dambulla main road. Free ample.parking is available. Best time is to go is early morning before 7 am. People will flew to this place after that. There is a historical background behind this temple. The surroundings are also beautiful early morning. You can see Riverstone and other mountain ranges also clearly. There was another statue at a higher place on a mountain. Same route can be used.
  • Beautiful and historical temple with many places to look. A very important place to Buddhism. There is a hell ( yama lova ) to see too.
  • Buddhist shrine well preserved for years. Specially wall paintings. Good place to visit with large area and section to explore.
  • An important historical cave temple in Matale district which was used to inscript the most precious teachings of Lord Buddha into palm leaves for the first time by most venerable rahath theras in king Walagamba's era.
  • The Aluvihare Rock Temple (also called Matale Alu Viharaya) is a sacred Buddhist temple located in Aluvihare, Matale District of Sri Lanka. Surrounded by hills, the Aluvihara cave temple is situated 30 km north of Kandy on the Matale-Dambulla road. The history of Aluvihare Rock Temple is traced back to the 3rd Century B.C to the reign of King Devanampiyatissa. It is believed that the King built the dagoba, planted the Bo sapling and founded the temple after the introduction of Buddhism to the country during his reign. Aluvihare Rock Temple was the historic location where the Pāli Canon (Thripitakaya) was first written down completely in text on ola (palm) leaves. Many monastery caves, some of which exhibit frescoes are situated near this temple.
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