Maligawila, Sri Lanka
Dematal Vihara Maligawila Reviews
Giant Buddha's at Dematal Vihara Sep 05, 2011
You find the ancient statues at Dematal Vihara in a forestry area a bit outside Maligawila. The first statues stand on the top of a step pyramid it was constructed in the 7th century during the reign of king Dappula I. it was found 50 years ago and then it was reconstructed but t do look fairly original. The access to the park area is free but some people at the sight tried to convince me I should pay a photo fee to take pictures at the sight. I declined and they unhappily accepted this.
The other big statue at the sight is just a short walk down a road directly opposite the first statue. It is a tall free standing statue of 11 meters height. According to some it is the tallest free standing ancient Buddha still in existents. I do not know if this is the case - but it sure looks pretty tall when you walk up close to the statue. It is in the middle of a square temple area.
The two statues seems to attracts quite a lot of Sri Lankans worshippers visiting the sight - and not many Europeans seems to make the effort to come here.
You can get to the statues by bus or car - in any case you will get out at the car park just outside the park area. You get to the statues by walking from the car park pass all the fruit stalls and you’ll get to a fairly new building - if you walk through it you’ll get to a small path which will lead you right down to another road - you can walk right or left and at either end you will be rewarded with the view of one of the big statues.
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