Matale, Sri Lanka
Aluvihara Temple Matale Reviews
Aluvihara Temple May 31, 2013
This temple is worth a visit as it was previously used as a monastery caves and admission fee is very cheap, cost Rs 250 only for foreigner and free for local and beautiful view from up the rock. The first cave contain of 10 meter reclining Buddha and an impressive lotus pattern murals on the ceiling. Another is filled with murals painting of the realm of hell, where statues of devils gives range of punishments to sinners in the afterlife. Outside this cave, someone was waiting and before you enter the cave he ask for donation.
Up a flight of rock steps is a cave dedicated to Buddhaghosa, the Indian scholar who is supposed to have spent several years in that cave and worked on palm leaf manuscripts and the stairs continue to the summit of the rock bluff where there is a dagoba and beautiful view toward the surrounding valley. If the weather good, you can walk up the hill around one and half kilometer to the biggest Buddha sitting statue which can be seen from a far.
It was easy to go to this temple, and I take public bus from Kandy to visit this temple in Matale on day trip, which takes one and half hours drive and cost really cheap but I don’t remember the exact cost. I think this temple is better than the Temple of Tooth in Kandy.
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