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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
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"golden buddha"
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"wall paintings"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is very famous temple in Matale. You can visit the temple in 1 hour (max) If you go early you can visit all without a rush due to low crowd.

Thank Sudesh077
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Aluviharaya, a rock cave temple which has cave writings dating back to BCE. During the reign of king Walagambha, Tripitaka was written on ola (palm) leaves. That is first time, the Tripitaka was written. You can find more details on that on internet. There's museum...More

Thank Isuru P
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Reviewed February 21, 2018

We were on our way to Sigirya when we decided to stop by this amazing place. Famous for the fact that a few hundred years after the Buddha's death, his teachings were written down here by generations of monks (the whole lot was burned by...More

Thank Craig T
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Reviewed February 20, 2018 via mobile

A contrast to Dambulla and not as well known Well worth visiting for its great artwork and the location Much less touristic than Dambulla The pictures of the fate of wrongdoing in the second temple are brilliant

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Reviewed February 19, 2018

The rock temple at Dambulla was much better than I expected.Its a bit of a hard walk up the stairs and there is an entrance fee of 1500rp.Lots of monkeys everywhere at the top and a fee to have your shoes stored.The ground gets really...More

Thank caddyandbellA
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Reviewed February 15, 2018

Fascinating Buddas and wall paintings on plaster on the walls of the cave. It was busy even though we went in the early morning to avoid the heat and crowds. The cool inside was very welcome. The sense of peace was a delight. Would recommend...More

Thank theresalwaysone
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Reviewed February 13, 2018

Built by King Devanampiyatissa, the first Buddhist King of ancient Sri Lanka, the site is steeped in history as the place where the Tripitaka was transcribe in Pali on Ola leaf. The cave paintings are unusually gruesome depictions of the consequences of sin, and the...More

Thank ShyamaliRanaraja
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Reviewed February 12, 2018

Nice visit to look at the small old temple in the stones. Beside is one of the Buddhist Hell gardens with sculptures.

Thank PurpleVienna
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Reviewed February 8, 2018 via mobile

Stayed at Dad's holiday home and walked here in about 30 minutes. It costs 250 Rupees entrance. Its really interesting. The highlight for me by far was walking up to the Golden Budha on the hill. Its a steep climb in parts and you need...More

Thank JonnyWhitley
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Reviewed February 2, 2018

It was so good to be back at this place after a year away. The Temple involves quite a climb and the rock gets very hot in the sun so early morning visits are best. It was built in the 3rd century BCE when the...More

Thank profjoypc
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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
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