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Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple, Matale

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Cave Religious Site
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. To visit Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple and other attractions in Matale, use our Matale trip itinerary planner.
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  • Located in Matale, this temple requires a low admission 250 rupees is well preserved. 3 or 4 caves with Buddhas and the restored painting or in good condition is worth stopping
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  • This temple is 42km south if Dambulla on the road to Matale. There's a golden Buddha high above it on the hillside. Although newer than the one at Dambulla it has great significance to the people of S...  more »
  • It's very expensive for a steep walk up the side of a hill to see a cave if you haven't seen a cave or the top of a hill this is for you Only so many temples in so many day until the fun runs out!  more »
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  • Beautiful place to visit in Matale. The place is very much historically important. The place where the 'Thripitaka'(book containg all the Buddhist teachings) was put onto ink and paper. Please visit the place with decent light coloured clothes. There is ample amount of parking slots. Flowers can be bought at the parking area.
  • A beautiful archeological site that has been pretty badly maintained. The temple is built within sheer rock faces and provided wonderful views from the top of the surrounding countryside. Sadly it is in a state of disrepair as it has been very poorly maintained. Aluvihare is the historical site where the teachings of Lord Buddha were first written down by monks.
  • Very clam and beautiful temple. You can see interesting surrounding
  • It was a good experience to climb to top. I have visited Buddhist temples before but this felt very unique. As a photographer and a nature lover i did enjoy every bit of it.
  • Nice temple. Beautiful views from the top. Painting are a must see.

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Where to stay in Matale

You'll find some fairly standard guesthouses and small hotels in Matale's main urban area, never straying very far from the station and the parks of the city center. Alternatively, explore out of town to the north, east, or south for a host of other more characterful accommodations that show off the fruits of the area, including campgrounds, ecolodges, and farmstays. For a much greater choice of places to stay, look in Kandy, one hour to the south.
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