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Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple

Matale, Aluvihara | Aluvihara Junction, Matale Rd, Matale 21000, Sri Lanka
+94 66 2 222533
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Matale, Aluvihara | Aluvihara Junction, Matale Rd, Matale 21000, Sri Lanka
+94 66 2 222533

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A must visit as part of SL ruins\historical sites. The hike to the caves is not too difficult. As with all places, early morning climb is recommended as it gets hotter after 10 AM. Carry your own food and water. The kings route from ticket...More

Thank Mallika B
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We visited mid morning, when it was already warm and the caves just made matters slightly worse. We stayed in the lower bit and did not go up the hill to the Buddha, with hindsight the correct decision due to the heat, but I feel...More

Thank Tricky273
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

You can see this old temple after climbing up few stairs. Just before the entrance there is a place to leave your shoes (you have to go inside barefoot). If someone doesn't feel very comfortable with this, it is advisable to carry an extra pair...More

1  Thank Marstakar
Reviewed 26 July 2017

This temple is 42km south if Dambulla on the road to Matale. There's a golden Buddha high above it on the hillside. Although newer than the one at Dambulla it has great significance to the people of SL and it's good to visit both and...More

Thank JJOH
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

It's very expensive for a steep walk up the side of a hill to see a cave if you haven't seen a cave or the top of a hill this is for you Only so many temples in so many day until the fun runs...More

Thank John K
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

The dignity of Matale where a long time ago THRIPITAKAYA was written on. Still being worshipped by all Buddhists as well as others. A place must see and visit. The old photos (still preserved) are wanders of our ancestors.

Thank Chathurika R
Reviewed 2 May 2017

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 let us enter for...More

Thank ricky_indo
Reviewed 25 April 2017

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 unique in its own. Secondly this place was where Buddhist doctrine...More

Thank Prasanna A
Reviewed 23 February 2017

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.

Thank catherine6543
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

By good tradition you have to start paying at the entrance after climbing a dangerous stair, 250rp per person. If you think you can expect a similar experience as Dambulla cave you are wrong. This are just a few small caves with mural decorations and...More

Thank Arne L
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Response from N N | Reviewed this property |
Hi Bruce, Please allow me to explain. This review that we have contributed to, refers to a place called "Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple" located in Matale, North of Kandy, in Sri Lanka. You have posted pictures of "Dambulla... More