Kande Viharaya Temple
Kande Viharaya Temple
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MarkJamesEdgar
Bournemouth, UK90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We had a short trip to this beautiful temple not far from Kalutara. Although not the least bit religious myself, I enjoyed the atmosphere, architecture and ambience of this place. I enjoyed learning the history of the temple, it’s part in the 2004 tsunami and the story of Siddhartha Gautama. Our visit was organised by Freddy of Freddy Tours in Kalutara +94 77 63 49248. Freddy is a charming, informative guide who put together several days out for us and I would highly recommend him.
Written 1 February 2022
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Sayuri Malika
Matugama, Sri Lanka10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
Kande Vihara is a major buddhist temple in Kalutara District, Sri lanka. This place is popularly known as " Kande Vihara".
This sacred place is located near the town of Aluthgama.This is considered as a beautiful place of worship that has attracted local and foreign attractions.
Written 19 January 2022
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Brian Dandy
Balapitiya, Sri Lanka80 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
Very interesting temple spoilt by the mistreatment of an elephant. The same elephant I saw 2 years ago is still chained to the same spot. It is embarrassing that a Buddhist temple would treat an animal in this way. If Buddha were there he would be appalled at the lack of compassion (metta) shown by the Sangha of the temple. I felt like I would wish I was able to release the poor animal from it's suffering.
Written 16 August 2022
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Jamsil
Singapore, Singapore84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Memorable temple to visit. It’s situated on a hill and the temple and Buddha are stunning. Easy access from Kalutara and Bentota by Tuk Tuk ride. We went with Pradeep from Freddy Tours +94 77 634 9248 (WhatsApp). He is a cheerful and friendly tour guide. He has good knowledge of the local area and speaks good English. Very accommodating and ensured we had a pleasant journey.
Written 2 April 2022
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Russicum
Moscow, Russia2,300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Well… I was here second time. I’ve been amazing mood))) impressions, emotions. The Sri Lankans had a New Year's holiday.
I saw many flowers 🌸🌺🪷 incredible performance. Also I took pictures with Buddhist monk 👍
Travel only Sandy +94 71 171 5900
Thank you
Best wishes
Written 29 April 2023
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kbartholomeusz
Sydney, Australia4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2018 • Family
This temple is an appalling example of animal cruelty. both temple elephants are constantly chained up by not only their front leg but also their back leg so they have virtually no movement. The animals look severely distressed it is one of the saddest things i have ever seen. i cannot believe that Buddhist monks who are usually very kind and respectful to animals could treat elephants like this. Shame shame shame on you
Written 26 March 2019
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Silver Wings Tours
Wattala, Sri Lanka220 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
There is a giant Buddha Statue in this beautiful temple. Kande Viharaya was formally recognized as an archaeological site of Sri Lanka.
Written 31 March 2019
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Amanvari
Trafalgar, South Africa220 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2019 • Solo
While the Buddha sits beautifully the chained (2 chained feet) elephant which can barely move was a really distressing site totally incompatible with Buddhist tenets. An experience which should have been enlightening and soul nurturing proved to be totally upsetting
Written 12 June 2019
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ZinamonKveen
Colombo, Sri Lanka777 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Friends
One of the largest temples in the area, which can get quite crowded on full moon poya days. Otherwise it is nice and peaceful place to stroll around and take a look at the various stories in picture form within the Buddha statue.
Written 13 March 2015
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Andreas S
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
They put a poor elephant in chain, neclected it. Don‘t support such a temple and monks who couldn‘t care less by visiting. Not worth visiting at all.
Written 4 July 2023
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