Avukana Buddha Statue, North Central Province

The Avukana statue is a standing statue of the Buddha near Kekirawa in North Central Sri Lanka. The statue, which has a height of more than 40ft, has been carved out of a large granite rock face during the 5th century. It depicts a variation of the Abhaya mudra, and the closely worn robe is elaborately carved. Constructed during the reign of Dhatusena, it may have been made as a result of a competition between a master and a pupil. Avukana statue is one of the best examples of a standing statue constructed in ancient Sri Lanka. It is now a popular tourist attraction in the country.Location and appearanceThe Avukana statue is located in the village of Avukana near Kekirawa in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka. It is close to the Kala Wewa reservoir, and is positioned facing it. It has been carved out of a large granite rock face, but is not completely separated. A narrow strip of rock has been left at the back of the statue, connecting it to the rock face and supporting it. However, the pedestal on which the Buddha stands, which is carved in the form of a lotus flower, has been carved separately and positioned under the statue. The statue alone is 38ft in height, and with the pedestal the total height of the Avukana statue reaches 42ft. The statue had been located within a large image house or shrine, of which parts of the walls still remain. It had been made of brick and stone, and was 74ft long and 63ft wide.
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  • First stop on our trip. The statue is about 12 metres, deeply cut into the granite rock, and its view with the sunset light is quite impressive. The site is perhaps the least of the cultural triangle tourist landscape and is surrounded by thick vegetation, Palm trees, lakes and country houses. It seems to return to their roots, walking barefoot, immersed in nature, peace and silence. We were tired from the journey and the afternoon just arrived we only saw Aukana, but since it takes no more than 30 minutes the Council heading to Anuradhapura or go back to Dambulla.
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  • It's about 45 minutes drive from dambulla. A large standing position granite statue of Buddha. If you are in dambulla or anuradhapura and have a couple of hours to spare may be check it out. The touri...  more »
  • In the north central province of Srilanka , we come across this colossus Buddha statue in the Awakana village on the Dambulla- Anuradhapur highway. The 40feet (nearly) Buddha statue in the standing po...  more »
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  • The Avukana statue is a standing statue of the Buddha near Kekirawa in North Central Sri Lanka. The statue, which has a height of more than 40 feet (12 m), was carved out of a large granite rock face during the 5th century.
  • The Avukana statue is a standing statue of the Buddha near Kekirawa in North Central Sri Lanka. The statue, which has a height of more than 40 feet (12 m), was carved out of a large granite rock face during the 5th century. It depicts a variation of the Abhaya mudra, and the closely worn robe is elaborately carved. Constructed during the reign of Dhatusena, it may have been made as a result of a competition between a master and a pupil. The Avukana statue is one of the best examples of a standing statue constructed in ancient Sri Lanka. It is now a popular tourist attraction. The Avukana statue is located in the village of Avukana (also spelled Aukana) near Kekirawa. It is close to the Kala Wewa reservoir, and faces it.[1] It was carved out of a large granite rock face,[2] but is not completely separated. A narrow strip of rock has been left at the back of the statue, connecting it to the rock face and supporting it.[3] However, the pedestal on which the Buddha stands, which is carved in the form of a lotus flower, was carved separately and positioned under the statue. The statue alone is 38 feet 10 inches (11.84 m) in height, and with the pedestal the total height of the Avukana statue reaches 42 feet (13 m).[4][5] The statue had been located within a large image house or shrine, of which parts of the walls still remain. The structure was made of brick and stone, and was 74 feet (23 m) long and 63 feet (19 m) wide.
  • Just visited as it was popular in Sri Lanka. Religious place.
  • Great creation by King Dhathusena. Stone made Buddha statue.
  • Serene place. Wonders of old ceylonese craftsmen fed by budhdhism

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In recent years, Dambulla tourism has boomed among globetrotters, and the area now offers a variety of lodgings. Choose from pricey boutique hotels; inexpensive cottages, guesthouses, and inns; or backpackers' lodges around the bus station. Accommodations in Dambulla tend to follow the Kandy-Jaffna highway and Kandalama Road in congested areas, and four-star establishments cluster around the reservoir. Given that the World Heritage Site cave is pretty much the only attraction around, visitors tend to stay in the more relaxing areas of Kandy and Sigiriya nearby.
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