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Matale, Aluvihara | Aluvihara Junction, Matale Rd, Matale 21000, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This situated near to Matale town and it is a important religious place for Buddhists. There you can see rock caves and ancient paintings of great culture

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kasun P
Reviewed 1 week ago

The history of Aluvihare Rock Temple begins with the reign of King Devanampiyatissa, in the 3rd century BC. The temple has many caves with ancient inscriptions, newish ceiling paintings and impressive statues and images of Buddha. The main cave contains a large reclining statue of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank worldnomad_01
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located in Matale, this temple is an ancient Buddhist heritage site. It is a historic place of worship where the Thripitaka (The essential Buddhist script) has been written by a congregate of elite Buddhist monks. The rock cave is full of ancient statues and arts...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Chamath F
Reviewed October 14, 2018

Temple situated 32 km north of Kandy. It's a small cave cave temple but highly significant to the history of Buddhism. During the 1st century BCE, the island was ravaged by anarchy and starvation, and the very survival of Buddhism was threatened. This was because...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank lankanaturetrails
Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

We were not very impressed by this site especially the murals of the realms of hell. Have never seen anything like this in a Buddhist temple. Weird! Waste of time on our opinion.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank fuzzyb63
Reviewed September 28, 2018

sometimes you feel not another temple!! this was so different well worth the walk the buddhas are superb and the way the temple has been created is astonishing

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank FrankHill13
Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

You can see the ancient views in this temple , it's really worth to visit to see how naturally located all those rocks and to see the historical things.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank MikeJuliya
Reviewed September 10, 2018

Aluvihare Rock Temple was the historic location where the Buddha's teachings was first written down completely in text on ola (palm) leaves. This was done In the 1st Century B.C., during King Walagamba's time.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank KusalE
Reviewed September 5, 2018 via mobile

Our tour itinerary did not have a visit to Dambulla caves scheduled but our driver eased this visit in en route so we got a taster. A quick side trip with a compact, but still dramatic setting and colourful caves. The depiction of hell was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank BritZo
Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

Our Homestay in Kandy recommended this Temple as a stopover enroute from Dambulla to Kandy. We are definitely glad she did. Entry was LKR250. It was quiet when we were there. Loved the atmosphere and setting of this temple. Much smaller and less touristy than...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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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