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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. To visit Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple and other attractions in Matale, use our Matale trip itinerary planner.
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  • This is different ! How weird ! Enter the lower car park and then elect to drive up the left hand tiny road and park near the ticket office. We tried to buy tickets, and the lovely chaps in the office...  more »
  • This cave temple has two significant reasons for a traveler to visit. Firstly is an ancient temple dating back to pre-colonization of Sri Lanka and its architecture and the location and rock caves are...  more »
  • This temple has several parts - lots of rock paintings and Buddha images to see. Don't forget to look up at the honeycombs hanging from the rock curve high overhead.  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.
  • 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.
  • The temple has a major historical value to the therevada Buddhist community as 'thripitakaya' ( a.k.a pali canon) was scripted on Palmyra books by arhath in order to preserve for the future generations in this place. Sorrounded by rocks and has a peacefull atmosphere on an average day. But the temple is crowded and festive during Buddhist festival seasons. Climbing to the top is not that hard and supported by stairs at most places. Make sure to visit the museum and the rock cave where the tripitaka scription took place.