Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue

Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue

Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue
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  • Taras T
    San Francisco, California19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enter Buddha and stand Behind him in this Vihara
    When in Kandy - you have to visit a few sites and this is definitely one of them. You can "enter" the Statue of Buddha, walk up, and stand behind his shoulders. What can be more powerful? What image brings to your mind more the thought and feeling "I stand behind Buddha (and his teachings)!" Little temple for all Deities behind the sitting statue will bring you to the eclectic small, but powerful shrine, and with a little prayer, with a well-set intention - you will end up in good hands of fortune.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 15, 2023
  • CHD6265
    Odiham, United Kingdom417 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic view point
    Worth the effort of trekking up to this vantage point to get your daily workout!. Of course the is no shortage of tuk tuk drivers to offer their support too. Once there you of course have to remove shoes (but strangely not cover legs here) which made it hard going on the baking paving slabs. Navigate past the tourist shop (operated by a youngster, smiling lad who clearly had permission to only switch on fan and lights when potential customers were int eh shop - but not much of interest in the for us), Climb the stairs to the platform behind the statue shoulders for a magnificent vantage point. Highlight of the visit. Hanging paid (usual foreigners price) to get in we were then requested to make an additional donation and for we received a leaflet giving a brief history of the place. Not sure why this isn’t included in the basic entry. All small change in the grand scheme I guess but adds to the feeling of being slowly fleeced by experts!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 17, 2024
  • Nik
    Singapore, Singapore37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Spiritual Odyssey.. amazing view
    Bahirawa Kanda Temple, nestled in Kandy, offers visitors a tranquil escape and unparalleled views of the city. While you can take a tuk-tuk up for around 300 rupees, the descent on foot is a delightful experience, especially during sunset. The towering Buddha statue is a symbol of serenity, and the temple's surroundings provide a peaceful atmosphere for reflection. Don't miss the chance to walk back and enjoy the stunning sunsets, making your visit both spiritually enriching and visually captivating. Highly recommended this place to visit but in the late afternoon around 5pm and not raining days. Please be advised to wear long pants and a top with covered shoulders. The ticket cost is 300 LRK per person.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 21, 2024
  • Nik_sing
    Hong Kong, China73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Blend of cultural significance, natural beauty, and spiritual tranquility.
    Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue, located in Kandy, Sri Lanka, is a magnificent sight to behold. This towering white statue of Lord Buddha overlooks the city, offering panoramic views and a serene atmosphere. Visitors often praise its peaceful surroundings and the opportunity it provides for reflection and spiritual contemplation. The climb to reach the statue is relatively easy and offers a rewarding experience, especially during sunset when the sky is painted with vibrant colors. Many also appreciate the well-maintained grounds surrounding the statue, making it a perfect spot for photography and enjoying the beauty of nature. Overall, Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue is a must-visit attraction for anyone traveling to Kandy, offering a blend of cultural significance, natural beauty, and spiritual tranquility.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 23, 2024
  • iamakashs
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Serene and Spritually uplifting!!
    This place is couple of miles away from the city center. One can take a tuk tuk and visit this place. You get the best view of Kandy from the top of the statue. To go to the top of the statue, one can climb the stairs behind the statue.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 27, 2024
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,628 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First Attraction to Visit in my tuktuk tour
    Located up in the mountain, it is a short drive from Kandy’s downtown area. There is an entrance fee here and shoes are required to be taken off. The steps leading to the statue of the Buddha are cemented and are easy to go through. One can climb the Buddha from its back area. Monks are noted doing their activites.I briefly talked to one of them, he speaks English! There is a small area where small statues of Buddha are on display. Note also that due to its location, one can see the downtown areas of Kandy. One can browse and shop at the small Gift Shop. I was surprised to see a man asking for donations from visitors here.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 9, 2024
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Mr BlueRL
Leeds, UK287 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Let's be clear, there are lots of Budha statues in Sri Lanka and depending on your attitudes to religion and images of deities you may find such a site and unnecessary trek up a hill to see. However, I would argue that it is worth it.

The statue is visible from most places in Kandy but only with a visit do you realise how giant the figure is and how great a view the icon itself has.

It's a big white Budha high on a hill, and it does what it says on the tin. I recommend getting a tuk-tuk driver to take you there. This then allows you the privilege of laughing at other western tourists dripping with sweat having made the poor choice of walking up the hill in 30-degree heat.
Written April 15, 2020
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Ravana Traveller
Colombo, Sri Lanka28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
Bahirawakanda temple with the big Buddha statue is a famous landmark which everybody can easily seen from Kandy city. it’s about five minutes drive away from the city center. the statue located in the summit of the Bahieawakanda mountain. from the temple it’s a great view of the city good to spend time in a peaceful environment some steps to climb in the back of the statue.
Written May 13, 2020
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Nik
Singapore, Singapore37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Bahirawa Kanda Temple, nestled in Kandy, offers visitors a tranquil escape and unparalleled views of the city. While you can take a tuk-tuk up for around 300 rupees, the descent on foot is a delightful experience, especially during sunset. The towering Buddha statue is a symbol of serenity, and the temple's surroundings provide a peaceful atmosphere for reflection. Don't miss the chance to walk back and enjoy the stunning sunsets, making your visit both spiritually enriching and visually captivating.

Highly recommended this place to visit but in the late afternoon around 5pm and not raining days. Please be advised to wear long pants and a top with covered shoulders. The ticket cost is 300 LRK per person.
Written January 21, 2024
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Bori G
Debrecen, Hungary25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
This was a very good experience. There were no pushy “guides”. The entrance ticket is 250 lkr and no additional fee asked for the shoe keeping (there is a donation box there but no one forced us to put money in it). The top of the statue was opened where you can see the wonderful view of Kandy. This is a very peaceful place.
Written December 22, 2021
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Janka K
Brno, Czech Republic8,174 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
One of few things that you can do in Kandy. I don't say it's not nice, but it's also not a life-changing experience.
To enter the place, you need to have knees covered with clothes. If you don't, besides an entrance ticket, you will be also charged with a rented out scarf that you will put around your waist. Also, you will park your shoes before entering the place, since everybody needs to walk barefoot at the temple.
The place has beautiful views, but unless you take tuk tuk, prepare that you will walk up some steep hill to get there. And then you will walk quite some stairs to get to the top of the Buddha's statue, using the stairs behind the statue. It wasn't a problem for me, but might be for someone.
As at a lot of places, tourists have their own toilets. And to get there at this place, you need to pick up a key at the bookstore, walk a lot to get to the toilets, walk a lot to get back, and then to return the key again at the bookstore. To me, it looked like a lot of hustle to just get to the toilet. Plus I don't understand why do locals and tourists always separated toilets at Sri Lanka.
Written April 2, 2023
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devidfy
South Denmark, Denmark7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The 88m height buddha statue gives a great view to the world heritage city, Kandy. The place gives a picturesque view to the visitors providing a city view point. Bahirawakanda temple is also can be recommended for Buddhists and also for others as a place to visit to have a great view. During the night the lights of the town gives you a picturesque view. Recommended to visit with your family, friends and loved ones.
Written February 26, 2020
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AnuradhaBernard
Kandy, Sri Lanka93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
This is the best place to visit in Kandy. Staff and the Chief Incumbent is allowing Visitors to spend their time in a free and hassle-free environment. No one will disturb you. In most of the places in Kandy, you will be interrupted when you take photos or go around. You will encounter many questions in most places in Sri Lanka. But not in here. As a professional blogger, this is the only place that I can recommend anyone to visit without third party interruptions. I should really be thankful to the monks who in charge to maintain this place in such a proper manner.
Written January 30, 2022
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Located up in the mountain, it is a short drive from Kandy’s downtown area. There is an entrance fee here and shoes are required to be taken off. The steps leading to the statue of the Buddha are cemented and are easy to go through. One can climb the Buddha from its back area.

Monks are noted doing their activites.I briefly talked to one of them, he speaks English!

There is a small area where small statues of Buddha are on display. Note also that due to its location, one can see the downtown areas of Kandy. One can browse and shop at the small Gift Shop. I was surprised to see a man asking for donations from visitors here.
Written March 9, 2024
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nir0sh
Colombo, Sri Lanka956 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Bahiravakanda Buddha statue has become an icon of Kandy city. Bahiravakanda is another view point of Kandy city. This giant seated Buddha statue was built in 1992 to be seen to anywhere of Kandy town. Now it is a popular attraction. I have visited there at an evening and could watch the Kandy town with lights.
Written August 17, 2021
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Nik_sing
Hong Kong, China73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue, located in Kandy, Sri Lanka, is a magnificent sight to behold. This towering white statue of Lord Buddha overlooks the city, offering panoramic views and a serene atmosphere. Visitors often praise its peaceful surroundings and the opportunity it provides for reflection and spiritual contemplation. The climb to reach the statue is relatively easy and offers a rewarding experience, especially during sunset when the sky is painted with vibrant colors. Many also appreciate the well-maintained grounds surrounding the statue, making it a perfect spot for photography and enjoying the beauty of nature. Overall, Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue is a must-visit attraction for anyone traveling to Kandy, offering a blend of cultural significance, natural beauty, and spiritual tranquility.
Written February 23, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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