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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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  • 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 »
  • 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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  • Superb, quiet, laid-back archeological site which was fairly priced (unlike other unconscionably - and discriminatorily - prices sites throughout Sri Lanka). Be warned that the hike to and from the ca...  more »

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Where to stay in Yala National Park

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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