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Matale, Aluvihara | Aluvihara Junction, Matale Rd, Matale 21000, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Temple situated 32 km north of Kandy. It's a small cave cave temple but highly significant to the history of Buddhism. During the 1st century BCE, the island was ravaged by anarchy and starvation, and the very survival of Buddhism was threatened. This was because...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were not very impressed by this site especially the murals of the realms of hell. Have never seen anything like this in a Buddhist temple. Weird! Waste of time on our opinion.

Thank Brigit P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

sometimes you feel not another temple!! this was so different well worth the walk the buddhas are superb and the way the temple has been created is astonishing

Thank FrankHill13
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You can see the ancient views in this temple , it's really worth to visit to see how naturally located all those rocks and to see the historical things.

Thank MikeJuliya
Reviewed September 10, 2018

Aluvihare Rock Temple was the historic location where the Buddha's teachings was first written down completely in text on ola (palm) leaves. This was done In the 1st Century B.C., during King Walagamba's time.

Thank KusalE
Reviewed September 5, 2018 via mobile

Our tour itinerary did not have a visit to Dambulla caves scheduled but our driver eased this visit in en route so we got a taster. A quick side trip with a compact, but still dramatic setting and colourful caves. The depiction of hell was...More

Thank BritZo
Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

Our Homestay in Kandy recommended this Temple as a stopover enroute from Dambulla to Kandy. We are definitely glad she did. Entry was LKR250. It was quiet when we were there. Loved the atmosphere and setting of this temple. Much smaller and less touristy than...More

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Reviewed July 26, 2018

It is a very short walk up one flight of stairs to the cave temple complex, takes about 5 minutes from the parking lot to reach the monastery caves. Ticket price per adult is Rs 250 and there are 2 reclining Buddhas in their own...More

Thank Becky C
Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

A holy and thrilling experience to see such a great temple carver into a rock. Need a little energy to climb the steep rock. Photography is prohibited inside the temple, but a must visit place inside Srilanka.

Thank Subramaniam K
Reviewed July 15, 2018

This is a temple about 30 kilo-metre North of Kandy, just beyond Matale on the Dambulla road . It's built on a hill, and not as well-known as the ones at Dambulla. Because of this, there are hardly any visitors, and you can wander around...More

Thank Titus D
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Response from N N | Reviewed this property |
Hi Bruce, Please allow me to explain. This review that we have contributed to, refers to a place called "Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple" located in Matale, North of Kandy, in Sri Lanka. You have posted pictures of "Dambulla... More