Buduruwagala, Yala National Park

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See the ancient Buddhist temple of Buduruwagala, which dates back to the 10th century CE. Seven statues in the temple belong to the Mahayana school, with a collection of small rock-carved figures surrounding the 15 m (51 ft) tall standing Buddha. Faded paintwork, now barely visible, shows that the statutes were once brightly colored. Pay attention to the natural scenery leading to the temple, especially traditional villages, ponds, and wildlife. Admire the ancient rock carvings while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of the site. Plan to visit Buduruwagala and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Yala National Park attractions using our Yala National Park itinerary builder.
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  • August 6, 2017
    Sculptures in the rock of large size representing Buddha and other deities. Some 1400 years of history in stone still venerated by the faithful. You should go.
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  • July 27, 2017
    Buduruwagala is not often visited which probably accounts for it being one of the most peaceful Buddhist sites that we saw. Set in a forest grove, the statue of the Buddha with its serene and beautifu...  more »
  • July 20, 2017
    Stopped here on the way to Yala. Piece of drive to the rock, but once there, beautiful Buddha images in the rock. In the middle of nature, no tourists, very beautiful. Entrance of 310 rupee pp.
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Most visitors to Yala National Park opt to stay in the town of Tissamaharama. Located just outside of the park itself, the town caters exclusively to tourists, with a wealth of accommodations to choose from, including hostels, luxury hotels and resorts, and eco-lodges. Further to the south, and closer to the park entrance, you'll get a bit more of a secluded feel from the accommodations, with private lodges and campgrounds available. Many accommodations will try and get you to take their private safari of Yala National Park, although you are perfectly entitled to shop around for the safari that suits you.
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