Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple

Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple, Matale

Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple
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Caverns & Caves • Religious Sites
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Miracles r I
16 contributions
Historical significance
Aug 2021
Really worth exploring
Enchanting and really spectacular and free
Views are also majestic and a great intro into cave temple rock religious history

Written 3 August 2021
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dineth951
Province of Verona, Italy12 contributions
namo buddhaya
Jun 2020
ideal place for meditation. best to visit early morning. and evening. great historical and valuable place.
Written 21 September 2020
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Kai Wah
Malaysia2,777 contributions
Underwhelming after visiting Dambulla Golden Cave Temple
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is another cave temple in between Dambulla and Kandy, but smaller scale as compared to Dambulla Golden Cave Temple and less tourists here. Lower entrance fee of LKR300 per person, but underwhelming effect as compared to Dambulla Golden Temple. It would be interesting if visiting this temple first, followed by Dambulla Golden Temple for the build up/ elevation effect of the overall impression. Some of the wall paintings focus on the after life depiction (which we didn’t take picture), such as punishment in hell (after life) which made us rather uncomfortable level. Hence, it was an average impression/ experience for us, especially after visiting Dambulla Golden Temple.
Written 15 March 2020
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John Knight And Family
Matale, Sri Lanka3 contributions
Poya Day event
Jul 2019
This is a really good place to go and see some of the history of Buddhism if you are in the Dambulla /Aluvihare Region .Most people only come and stand outside and look at the statue on the hill ...but it is worth the time to go and look inside and it is Free so no need to pay to go in .
Written 5 January 2020
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Girish D
Hyderabad, India184 contributions
Ancient temple with good old paintings on wall and Buddha statues.
Dec 2019
Around 160 MT high rock temple situated in natural caves having reclining Buddha statues. Caves are having paintings on walls & ceilings of different eras crafted by different kings. Excellent place to visit. It takes around 1 hr to climb and back.
Written 3 January 2020
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BillyK1980
Melbourne, Australia2,387 contributions
Wow
Dec 2019
The paintings in the caves are really graphic and I actually really liked them. Would not suggest bringing kids
Written 20 December 2019
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Ishan Tours and Holidays
Matale, Sri Lanka97 contributions
Travel
Dec 2019 • Family
This is a traditional and very important temple in sri lanka.its very important to buddhism.i visit with my family in poya day.its was crowded.its a rock ancient rock temple.
Written 10 December 2019
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RISA L
Briarcliff Manor, NY145 contributions
Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple
Apr 2019
Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple is not to be missed while in Sri Lanka. It is amazing to see all the work that was done so long ago. The details and the colors are fantastic.
Written 22 September 2019
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Ross H
Sydney, Australia54 contributions
Stunning architecture
Aug 2019 • Friends
Many stairs but worth the effort. Temple carved from the rock up to 5 different caves / temples. A little dark in the temples but understandable.
Trip Advisor please remove Buddha photo from your posting.
Written 4 September 2019
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Shinester888
Sydney, Australia586 contributions
Amazing, learn more about Budda
Aug 2019 • Couples
We had a guided tour, and seen 4 of the 5 caves (one was being restored). You need to cover up boys knees (you can get a sarong there). Depending on the time you might have a small wait due to ceremony time (only 15 mins). It's amazing to think that this guy impacted so many people!
Written 30 August 2019
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