Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya

Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya, Galle

Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya

Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya
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CLIFF P
Brighton, UK45 contributions
Jan 2022
Just a very short tuk tuk ride from Galle, Yatagala is well worth a visit. Beautiful temple, plus a number of rock shrines. Great views and a very peaceful pool out front, full of fish and wildlife. Small entrance charge and when we visited ( admittedly a quiet time for visitor numbers) there were just two other visitors.
Written February 2, 2022
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Harshana J
Galle, Sri Lanka43 contributions
Jul 2018
this is a very old temple, coming from kings time, hundreds of years old, very attactive place, like a mirrer of Ceylon History
Written October 4, 2018
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Liveandlearn2017
South Australia, Australia35 contributions
Dec 2016 • Friends
Sadly, since I first visited Yatagala five years ago, a notice has appeared asking people not to drink and smoke - this is a reflection on the tourists rather than in Sri Lankans who certainly do their bit to boost Government alcohol and cigarette revenue but NEVER in the grounds of a temple. Please be respectful with your dress and if possible on poya day, wear a white top. As with Chartres cathedral if archeologists were to dig at this site, assuredly traces of very ancient worship would be discovered. As it is today, every effort is being made to prop up the branches of one of the oldest Bo trees in the country. Walk behind it to spend time with the statue of the Lord Buddha less frequented by the crowds festival days and spend time thinking of the anonymous artisan who made this piece.Tthen walk all the way around the back - it is even worth taking a picnic, sitting among these rocks and breathing in the spirits of countless generations of supplicants and givers of thanks. Far more alive spiritually than Dambulla, Yatagala also offers a receipt for money donated towards the upkeep of the wall paintings. As well, at certain times of the day, the boy monks can be heard or seen. If you are lucky and it rains in late afternoon on poya day, head out to Yatagala - the weather will surely clear for you and offer you a rewarding experience
Written April 29, 2017
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twofishes
France84 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
If you have visited any of the other well known cave temples you may walk away disappointed like we did. They are now charging 500 rupees and you are given a printed ticket. The recling and meditative Buddha’s were covered with a drape. I asked a monk but he seemed unsure why perhaps to keep them protected from the elements.
It interesting to note the there was quite a bit of maintence going on as the President was due for a visit the following weekend.
Written February 24, 2020
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AshramSriLanka
Sri Lanka117 contributions
Dec 2015
This place is in the village.it nice site seen and the old temple to see,no weal chair faculty to go up
Written February 3, 2016
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JayandNicholas
Bali, Indonesia47 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
We had a fabulous visit here and enjoyed seeing the boddhi tree and rock temple. The art work is simply stunning.

We were however left confused regarding the 'donation'. The man asked for a donation which we were more than happy to pay BUT then said it had to be 500 or 1000 rupees. Now come on, a donation means give what you wish. If its a ticket to get in then that's another story. Judging by all these comments here it is about time someone stepped in to sort this annoyance out.
Written February 12, 2019
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LordFairmont
Dubai, United Arab Emirates89 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
This is a great place to visit regardless of your beliefs. Neat temple carved into a rock. I didn't have issue of getting forced to donate like others, were the only ones there and no one bothered.
Written December 29, 2018
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ZinamonKveen
Colombo, Sri Lanka748 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
There's a bit of a climb to reach the temple and get around as well but it's worth a visit. There are some lovely paintings, which, unfortunately, are starting to fade.
Written December 23, 2018
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simanti t
25 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
This place is off the beaten path, close to Unawatuna. While it may be slightly difficult to reach if you are dependent on public transport (like we were), it is worth visiting. Spiritual, historic and serene, it definitely has a feel to it and if it wasn't for the extorting caretaker, I would have rated it higher.

However, I feel compelled to share my negative experience and how disappointing it is to witness a holy place being corrupted by one person who considers it his fiefdom and extorts clueless tourists for his own benefit. I do hope the authorities will take action against this man and ensure other tourists do not have this experience.

We were 4 girls and he was quite helpful when we reached the place but then started soliciting his services as a tour guide. When we said we didn't require a guide, he got more aggressive and started shouting at us that we needed to pay a fee to access the temple. We refused to do so and asked him to show us where this was mentioned. He brought the receipt book used for voluntary donations and we pointed out that this was not mandatory and cannot be used to extort tourists. He grudgingly let us go around the area but constantly shouted at us and asked us not to take pictures even though we were outside the temple. We threatened to take his photo as well and report him to the cops and he immediately turned his back and went away.

I would recommend that serious action be taken against this person.
Written September 24, 2018
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Nen608707
Croatia1,755 contributions
Jan 2017 • Friends
It is the place of most interesting history and the country of very religious people no matter what religion do they belong to.
Being agnostic person I find most interesting visiting religious places in all countries I visit. Yatagala Sacred Area inspires respect and deep emotions. It is a "must do" when in surroundings. Forget beaches and good food for a couple of hours and immerse into this fascinating religious site.
Written February 10, 2017
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