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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  • One of the most famous temple in Sri Lanka. A very valuable asset to all Buddhists. Generally, Buddhists believe the temple to have been hallowed during the third and final visit of the Buddha to Sri Lanka. Generally very crowded, especially during the weekends and poya days. I love this place, i would say must visit temple. Pay a visit at night and you will get to spend some time calmly and quietly.
  • This is a buddhist template Most peaceful place. So many historical things to watch. Love going there. It would be more calm if there's no more crowd.

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