Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, Colombo

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Enjoy the spiritual atmosphere at Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, a Buddhist temple near Colombo. Buddha himself reputedly visited the original temple during his third trip to Sri Lanka (thus dating it to before 500 BCE). Destroyed several times during its turbulent history, notably by Indian invaders and the Portuguese, the temple was restored in the 18th century by the Dutch. Explore the complex and immerse yourself in the rich history and calm ambience. Step inside the quiet interior to see the numerous paintings and statues that depict the life of Buddha. Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , world travel planner Edition.
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  • Such a peaceful place, it is beautifully preserved with beautiful paintings inside the main temple telling the storey of Buddha and the magnificent tree in the centre which is approximately 2500... 
    Such a peaceful place, it is beautifully preserved with beautiful paintings inside the main temple telling the storey of Buddha and the magnificent tree in the centre which is approximately 2500...  more »
  • Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara is one of the most sacred and historic Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. Such a significant value has been added to this place as Lord Buddha has visited once here. Also, so... 
    Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara is one of the most sacred and historic Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. Such a significant value has been added to this place as Lord Buddha has visited once here. Also, so...  more »
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  • A very good temple. A good quiet place with a peaceful environment. Also a very important temple in Sri Lanka. A good place to go for a holiday.It is a place where the Supreme Buddha once ascended and became revered. But it is very crowded on holidays like Poya days.This is a place of worship with a lot of tourist attractions. There are also very valuable works of art in this place.
  • It’s a calm place to visit. Brings calmness, spirits if you stay for some times. Always crowded but very tranquil after 9 pm except some Full moon days.

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