Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue

Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue

Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue
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  • Taras T
    San Francisco, California19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enter Buddha and stand Behind him in this Vihara
    When in Kandy - you have to visit a few sites and this is definitely one of them. You can "enter" the Statue of Buddha, walk up, and stand behind his shoulders. What can be more powerful? What image brings to your mind more the thought and feeling "I stand behind Buddha (and his teachings)!" Little temple for all Deities behind the sitting statue will bring you to the eclectic small, but powerful shrine, and with a little prayer, with a well-set intention - you will end up in good hands of fortune.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 December 2023
  • CHD6265
    Odiham, United Kingdom421 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic view point
    Worth the effort of trekking up to this vantage point to get your daily workout!. Of course the is no shortage of tuk tuk drivers to offer their support too. Once there you of course have to remove shoes (but strangely not cover legs here) which made it hard going on the baking paving slabs. Navigate past the tourist shop (operated by a youngster, smiling lad who clearly had permission to only switch on fan and lights when potential customers were int eh shop - but not much of interest in the for us), Climb the stairs to the platform behind the statue shoulders for a magnificent vantage point. Highlight of the visit. Hanging paid (usual foreigners price) to get in we were then requested to make an additional donation and for we received a leaflet giving a brief history of the place. Not sure why this isn’t included in the basic entry. All small change in the grand scheme I guess but adds to the feeling of being slowly fleeced by experts!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 January 2024
  • Nik
    Singapore, Singapore37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Spiritual Odyssey.. amazing view
    Bahirawa Kanda Temple, nestled in Kandy, offers visitors a tranquil escape and unparalleled views of the city. While you can take a tuk-tuk up for around 300 rupees, the descent on foot is a delightful experience, especially during sunset. The towering Buddha statue is a symbol of serenity, and the temple's surroundings provide a peaceful atmosphere for reflection. Don't miss the chance to walk back and enjoy the stunning sunsets, making your visit both spiritually enriching and visually captivating. Highly recommended this place to visit but in the late afternoon around 5pm and not raining days. Please be advised to wear long pants and a top with covered shoulders. The ticket cost is 300 LRK per person.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 January 2024
  • Nik_sing
    Hong Kong, China73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Blend of cultural significance, natural beauty, and spiritual tranquility.
    Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue, located in Kandy, Sri Lanka, is a magnificent sight to behold. This towering white statue of Lord Buddha overlooks the city, offering panoramic views and a serene atmosphere. Visitors often praise its peaceful surroundings and the opportunity it provides for reflection and spiritual contemplation. The climb to reach the statue is relatively easy and offers a rewarding experience, especially during sunset when the sky is painted with vibrant colors. Many also appreciate the well-maintained grounds surrounding the statue, making it a perfect spot for photography and enjoying the beauty of nature. Overall, Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue is a must-visit attraction for anyone traveling to Kandy, offering a blend of cultural significance, natural beauty, and spiritual tranquility.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 February 2024
  • iamakashs
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Serene and Spritually uplifting!!
    This place is couple of miles away from the city center. One can take a tuk tuk and visit this place. You get the best view of Kandy from the top of the statue. To go to the top of the statue, one can climb the stairs behind the statue.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 February 2024
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,628 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First Attraction to Visit in my tuktuk tour
    Located up in the mountain, it is a short drive from Kandy’s downtown area. There is an entrance fee here and shoes are required to be taken off. The steps leading to the statue of the Buddha are cemented and are easy to go through. One can climb the Buddha from its back area. Monks are noted doing their activites.I briefly talked to one of them, he speaks English! There is a small area where small statues of Buddha are on display. Note also that due to its location, one can see the downtown areas of Kandy. One can browse and shop at the small Gift Shop. I was surprised to see a man asking for donations from visitors here.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 March 2024
  • Let's Go Sightseeing
    Noida, India2,908 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Magnificent View from the Top
    The Bahirawakanda Temple is accessible through a flight of stairs. It houses a Buddha statue that reaches a height of 25+ metres, making it one of the tallest statues in Sri Lanka. You can climb to the top of the statue via another flight of stairs. Sightseers end up taking half an hour to reach the Bahirawakanda statue top as they cannot help halting to take in the view along the way. It is scenic and a magnificent sunset spot. The Sun dipping behind the Kandy hills is something you will remember for years. After purchasing the ticket (LKR 300), I climbed up to the Bahirawakanda Temple first. After bowing my head, I roamed around the terrace, taking in the view of Kandy city below. Here, the Bahirawakanda Temple caretaker recommended that I could go upstairs to the top of the statue. Thus, I began the climb. From the top, it was a beautiful sight. I was standing next to the ear of the Buddha statue. Sadly, the day was cloudy; else I would have been in for a gorgeous sunset. A proper deck has been built to ensure at least 10 visitors can stand easily.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 July 2024
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Let's Go Sightseeing
Noida, India2,908 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Solo
The Bahirawakanda Temple is accessible through a flight of stairs. It houses a Buddha statue that reaches a height of 25+ metres, making it one of the tallest statues in Sri Lanka. You can climb to the top of the statue via another flight of stairs.

Sightseers end up taking half an hour to reach the Bahirawakanda statue top as they cannot help halting to take in the view along the way. It is scenic and a magnificent sunset spot. The Sun dipping behind the Kandy hills is something you will remember for years.

After purchasing the ticket (LKR 300), I climbed up to the Bahirawakanda Temple first. After bowing my head, I roamed around the terrace, taking in the view of Kandy city below.

Here, the Bahirawakanda Temple caretaker recommended that I could go upstairs to the top of the statue. Thus, I began the climb. From the top, it was a beautiful sight.

I was standing next to the ear of the Buddha statue. Sadly, the day was cloudy; else I would have been in for a gorgeous sunset. A proper deck has been built to ensure at least 10 visitors can stand easily.
Written 12 July 2024
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Linda a
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
For all the temples I visited in Sri Lanka, this was the most peaceful. Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue, located in Kandy, is a magnificent sight to behold. This towering white statue of Lord Buddha overlooks the city, offering panoramic views for miles. It has a serene atmosphere, peaceful surroundings, tranquility and provides the opportunity for reflection and spiritual contemplation
I was blessed by a monk and felt a temporary release from my turmoil. It’s a small climb to reach the statue which can be by foot or Tuktuk.
Small entry fee for the upkeep of very well maintained grounds
Great for photography. Overall, Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue is a must-visit attraction for anyone traveling to Kandy, offering a blend of cultural significance, natural beauty, and spiritual tranquility.
Written 28 April 2024
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Located up in the mountain, it is a short drive from Kandy’s downtown area. There is an entrance fee here and shoes are required to be taken off. The steps leading to the statue of the Buddha are cemented and are easy to go through. One can climb the Buddha from its back area.

Monks are noted doing their activites.I briefly talked to one of them, he speaks English!

There is a small area where small statues of Buddha are on display. Note also that due to its location, one can see the downtown areas of Kandy. One can browse and shop at the small Gift Shop. I was surprised to see a man asking for donations from visitors here.
Written 9 March 2024
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iamakashs
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This place is couple of miles away from the city center. One can take a tuk tuk and visit this place. You get the best view of Kandy from the top of the statue. To go to the top of the statue, one can climb the stairs behind the statue.
Written 27 February 2024
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Nik_sing
Hong Kong, China73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue, located in Kandy, Sri Lanka, is a magnificent sight to behold. This towering white statue of Lord Buddha overlooks the city, offering panoramic views and a serene atmosphere. Visitors often praise its peaceful surroundings and the opportunity it provides for reflection and spiritual contemplation. The climb to reach the statue is relatively easy and offers a rewarding experience, especially during sunset when the sky is painted with vibrant colors. Many also appreciate the well-maintained grounds surrounding the statue, making it a perfect spot for photography and enjoying the beauty of nature. Overall, Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue is a must-visit attraction for anyone traveling to Kandy, offering a blend of cultural significance, natural beauty, and spiritual tranquility.
Written 23 February 2024
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Nik
Singapore, Singapore37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Bahirawa Kanda Temple, nestled in Kandy, offers visitors a tranquil escape and unparalleled views of the city. While you can take a tuk-tuk up for around 300 rupees, the descent on foot is a delightful experience, especially during sunset. The towering Buddha statue is a symbol of serenity, and the temple's surroundings provide a peaceful atmosphere for reflection. Don't miss the chance to walk back and enjoy the stunning sunsets, making your visit both spiritually enriching and visually captivating.

Highly recommended this place to visit but in the late afternoon around 5pm and not raining days. Please be advised to wear long pants and a top with covered shoulders. The ticket cost is 300 LRK per person.
Written 21 January 2024
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CHD6265
Odiham, UK421 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Worth the effort of trekking up to this vantage point to get your daily workout!. Of course the is no shortage of tuk tuk drivers to offer their support too.

Once there you of course have to remove shoes (but strangely not cover legs here) which made it hard going on the baking paving slabs. Navigate past the tourist shop (operated by a youngster, smiling lad who clearly had permission to only switch on fan and lights when potential customers were int eh shop - but not much of interest in the for us),

Climb the stairs to the platform behind the statue shoulders for a magnificent vantage point. Highlight of the visit.

Hanging paid (usual foreigners price) to get in we were then requested to make an additional donation and for we received a leaflet giving a brief history of the place. Not sure why this isn’t included in the basic entry. All small change in the grand scheme I guess but adds to the feeling of being slowly fleeced by experts!
Written 17 January 2024
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Anuradha
New Delhi, India1,242 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This temple is located on a hill with a huge Buddha statue. Climbing on the top is rewarding as you get to see the whole view of Kandy city. Can be explored if you are in Kandy.
Written 10 January 2024
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LauraHu22x
Auckland, New Zealand55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The view is wonderful and the temple itself is amazing to walk around. We walked to the temple from Kandy centre, it’s not a long walk but the hill is quite steep in places.
Written 29 December 2023
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Taras T
San Francisco, CA19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
When in Kandy - you have to visit a few sites and this is definitely one of them.
You can "enter" the Statue of Buddha, walk up, and stand behind his shoulders. What can be more powerful? What image brings to your mind more the thought and feeling "I stand behind Buddha (and his teachings)!"
Little temple for all Deities behind the sitting statue will bring you to the eclectic small, but powerful shrine, and with a little prayer, with a well-set intention - you will end up in good hands of fortune.
Written 16 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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