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Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple

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Address: Matale, Aluvihara | Aluvihara Junction, Matale Rd, Matale MT 21000, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 66 2 222533
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Place where buddhist scripture was written

Aluvihara is the place where the Buddhist scripture was committed to writing by monks who lived in the caves at this location. Although it is a very significant place with... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 October 2016
Nadheera D
Ryde, Australia

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The education of the Buddhist monks writing / etching on leaves was more interesting than the caves themselves. A little bit run-down and obviously a heavy trail of tourists visit this location. Good views from the top of the temple. Rs. 250 entrance fee. Not good for wheelchairs or the elderly.

Thank D D
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Sri Lanka has a special place in Theravada Buddhism because of the written scriptures stored in this temple. The original writings were destroyed by the British and new writings on ola leaves were done by the monks who had committed all these sutras to memory. There is so much history to this temple and it is recommended that one goes... More 

2 Thank SunnyW358
Kadawata, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

It is a must place to visit as a buddhist, & worship. 2 km away from Matale town and easy access to the temple.

Thank Nimeshlak
Ryde, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Aluvihara is the place where the Buddhist scripture was committed to writing by monks who lived in the caves at this location. Although it is a very significant place with beautiful Buddha statues and paintings and an amazing view, it does not attract too many tourists and therefore the place can be enjoyed quietly. there are some steps to climb... More 

1 Thank Nadheera D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

After a climb you'll see some of the most beautiful buddha stone statues of Sri Lanka. The number of detailed statues is just amazing. The view from the top will be a sight you'll never forget.

Thank Stefan D
Houthalen, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

On the road from Kandy to Dambulla. It is worth a stop! Quiet place with a nice view. The cave temples are well maintained.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

It was very interesting to see the wall paintings of the Buddhist hell, for the sexual sinners. Something I would have never thought I would see. Fascinating.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

I think that if you are passing this place, you should stop by and savour that atmosphere, it is a very nice place and the paintings are very beautiful and they can have an effect on your children:-)

Thank Dáša J
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

very important place for Buddhist and a for tourists. It will taking a part of a The sacred temple is an archaeological site.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

Located in the Matale district, in the town of Aluvihare. The cave temple is renowned for where the thripitakaya was written during the reign of king Walagamba. Buddhism was preserved in Sri Lanka as a result of the thripitakaya, being preserved in safety at this location. A peaceful and tranquil place that has great cultural significance.

Thank Johana A

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