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Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple

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Address: Matale, Aluvihara | Aluvihara Junction, Matale Rd, Matale 21000, Sri Lanka
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Ancient Temple, a must visit

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... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Prasanna A
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Panadura, Sri Lanka

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Canggu, Indonesia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 free – WHAT? The temples are small cave temples in granite boulders – but the... More 

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Panadura, Sri Lanka
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 ( Thripitaka) which heather to conveyed from verbal form and generation of monks to the... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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.

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Lembeke, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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 a laying buddha. At the end to the left there is something awkward, a torture... More 

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Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This place is not far out of town; 3 kms, but I doubt people want to walk there. Here is what I did; tuk-tuk from Dad's for RS 150 to drop me off (8:30 AM), explore lower stupa then pay fee RS 250, drop off shoes, explore cave 1; nicest, cave 2; don't be a sinner or else and cave... More 

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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 588 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

The Aluvihara Temple in Matale is around 30km from Kandy town and is one of the many Buddhist Temples of Sri Lanka that are well worth visiting and which are of historic significance. The history of the place dates to the 3rd century BCE when the King built the dagoba and planted the bo tree. It is of importance because... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Nice temple with several different buddha statues. you need to climb some stairs to see it all. When we were there it was not crowded with tourists.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

We were driving from Kandy to Dambulla and the road goes through Matale. A quick stop made at the Aluvihara Temple which stands out like a beacon in an otherwise rural area. This is a historic Temple for Buddhism where one can observe the "Theravada" Preachings of Buddha. Heaven and Hell are depicted in terms of some of the caricatures.... More 

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Matale, Sri Lanka
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

One of the last place in Sri lanka where Pure "Theravada” Buddha Preaching were documented. This place is surrounded by green mountain ranges and forests, a good place for people who loves “Lord Buddha’s” memories and for hikers and nature lovers who like to adventure the rural srilankan hillside(please make sure to travel in the cooler climate times so you... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

The caves are at the top of a hill, lots of steps and not accessible yo wheelchair users and also wouldn't recommend to people with restricted mobility. Once you get to the top, you have to remove your shoes and then walk some more rock / cement before entering the caves. For some people, this can be very painful (maybe... More 

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