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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  • Hell murals and figurines is a little horror. Not too much went like this temple, it was very interesting. Didn't highlight too much.
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  • We were on our way to Sigirya when we decided to stop by this amazing place. Famous for the fact that a few hundred years after the Buddha's death, his teachings were written down here by generations ...  more »
  • A contrast to Dambulla and not as well known Well worth visiting for its great artwork and the location Much less touristic than Dambulla The pictures of the fate of wrongdoing in the second temple ar...  more »
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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.
  • Nature's beauty with peace of mind. Visit there and experience that calmness!!!
  • it's amazing and very amazing and historical place in Sri Lanka.. Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains.There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lanka kings and four statues of gods and goddesses. The latter include Vishnu and the Ganesha. The murals cover an area of 2,100 square metres (23,000 sq ft). Depictions on the walls of the caves include the temptation by the demon Mara, and Buddha's first sermon.
  • Important historical place in Sri lanka
  • Such a beautiful and historical Buddhist Temple, it’s situated beginning of the hills on Kandy Jaffna A9 road, usually there are always crowd visiting this temple, specially Buddhist devotees as well as other devotees too, and there are lot foreigners visit this temple as it’s a historic temple, parking space available, it’s cool and calm place, on Poyaday‘ The Temple is very crowded, annual perehera held on October month, at perehera time there be a massive crowd to temple.

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