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One of good architectural temple of 8th 10th centuries.

Not so far from Matale town. There was good architecture. It is ancient Hindu temple.This temple built between 8th to 10th centuries. Nalanda is 20km north to aluwihare temple. I... read more

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not so far from Matale town. There was good architecture. It is ancient Hindu temple.This temple built between 8th to 10th centuries. Nalanda is 20km north to aluwihare temple. I came from A9 route from Kandy then one kilometer distance from A9 route from “nalanda” junction. I saw very old carvings on wall. There was stupa near “Nalanda Gedige”.

Thank Prasunmed
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89 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nalanda Gedige is small but has a charm of its own. It is an ancient complete stone building of Hindhu temple and the main deity was Sri Vishnu. It is located in Nalanda in the Matale district little off the main road of Dambulla Matale. This ancient Hindu Temple was constructed in between 7th to 10th century with the dravidian... More 

Thank Titus D
Oxford, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed February 22, 2017

This temple is only small, and we were the only people there, and that's what made it so worth going. You walk to it through the jungle, just listening to natural sounds in the moist heat, and look around the heavy stones, hundreds of years old.

Thank catherine6543
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48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2017

I planned a journey to Nalanda Gedige today. The trip took 5 hours to see a simple site. Here's how; leave hotel 6:30, cane to bus station, make sure driver knows where to drop me off, (RS 40) 50” later drop off, caned 1km to the site, looked around & shot photos, walked to tank/lake to see some birds, caned... More 

Thank salemnobody
Ypsilanti, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

This temple is easy to miss, but worth your time. We were literally the only people there for most of our time there. Our driver suggested it on our way back to Kandy from Sigiriya. We were grateful for this stop.

Thank BethanyandKelly
Ryde, Australia
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed October 5, 2016

This is an interesting and unique place due to it's architecture and the fact that not much is known about it's history. It has a curious mix of Sinhalese and Hindu architecture and even an out of place carving of two men in a sexual position with a lion. What makes it more interesting is that the Sri Lankan archaeological... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

Supposedly the geographic centre of Sri Lanka. A quick detour, in case you are on the Dambulla - Matale Road, to view a unique temple (which is fairly weather beaten!) that has both Buddhist and Hindu elements. The views of the artificial lake are a bonus. Go with low expectations as the Gedige is simply plain in contrast to the... More 

Thank Rajan65
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

Visiting before the hideous 'cleaning' of rocks that the archeological department is going to undertake. The structure depicts both Hindu and Buddhist carvings making it a likely structure by an Indian invader. What's unusual is that a stone carving of a 'karma sutra' is also part of the structure. The only one in Sri Lanka I have been told. The... More 

Thank Malaka T
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed June 20, 2016

The place has a historic temple which displays features of ancient Indian architecture. The place the temple was situated has been shifted slightly and reassembled due to construction work of Bowathenna lake.

Thank SriPam
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed May 21, 2016

This place is believed to be built to mark the center of Sri Lanka. The place is situated in the Kandy - Dambulla road. One will have to take a turn of the main road and travel about 2, 3km to reach the place. There is a person who looks after the place, he will explain you about the place.... More 

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