Ranawana Purana Rajamaha Viharaya

Ranawana Purana Rajamaha Viharaya

Ranawana Purana Rajamaha Viharaya
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Sameera K
Ella, Sri Lanka238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
Ranawana Rajamaha viharaya is located about 900 meters away from Colombo - Kandy highway between Peradeniya and Pilimathalawa...
The ancient temple belong to the reign of king Buwanekabahu the 4th in Gampola era, which consist with two ancient cave temples. The walls of the cave temples are decorated with frescos. One cave contains a shirine and the other and ancient stupa(pagoda). It is believed that the relics of Buddha are enshrines in this sthpa. This was built by an Indian Brahmon named "Sri Rama"....Ranawana purana rajamaha viharaya is most probably one of the most beautiful temples in Sri Lanka. Except ordinary characteristics of a temple, Ranawana Viharaya has a amazing trail in to the forest through rocks and trees. Many of important incidents Lord Buddha's life has made in forest attractively..
Written June 27, 2015
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Dinushi D
Colombo, Sri Lanka102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Family
I visited here with my family siblings. That was wonderful time we spend here, we went top of hill I saw the wonderful and unbelievable view. This is really lovely place.i think you muSt visit here. It is more ideal for worship.
Written January 4, 2016
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Damith P
Colombo, Sri Lanka143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Family
Ranawana purana rajamaha viharaya is NICE,COOL & Quite PLACE WITH BEAUTIFUL VIEW.Make sure you take your camera
Written January 2, 2016
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Anuradha
New Delhi, India327 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This Buddhist temple has a huge statue of standing Buddha along with many sculptures however explanation was missing. Tuk Tuk driver befooled us and took us to many places which were not in our itinerary including this one. However this place wasn’t disappointing, provided you are in Kandy. Rest of the Kandy city looked overhyped, continuous rain and tuk tuk driver spoiled our day. The tourist must hire the tuk tuk according to their itinerary, not that of the driver. They tend to take you to the places of commercial interests- gems/ jewellery/ spices/ tea etc
Written January 19, 2024
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Veepy
Bengaluru, India374 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Couples
Ranawana Rajamaha viharaya is a recently renovated modern buddhist temple located at pilimathalawa off the main kandy-colombo highway and close to the Gadaladeniya Temple.

Located on a small hillock, there are many sculptures of stories depicting scenes from buddha's lifetime. The temple also hosts a huge standing buddha(which is currently under construction) on top of the hillock.
Written February 17, 2014
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AnnalisaRobLeo
Sri Lanka768 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Family
Not happy. We have just arrived at this temple to see an elephant chained up on its own near to the entrance. If you have any care for animals please do not support this tourist attraction.
Written February 7, 2020
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Buddheesha Pitawala
Kandy, Sri Lanka58 contributions
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May 2015 • Family
This is a ancient Temple which has a Great Historical value. It is a beautiful temple bound with the nature. If you are coming from Kandy, after "kiribathkumbura" you will find "nanu-oya railway gate" (you can easily find is because Highway museum is also near it and you can see old road equipments there ). Just near to the Gate you can see the sign board of Ranawana Viharaya with the directions. The place is 1km away from the main road. You have to go there with a Private vehicle or you have to go by a three wheel (is bit far for walk ;) ). You can see a model of north entrance of "Saanchi sthupa" (The Buddhist vihara at Sanchi, India) at the Entrance of the temple. After that the Trails go up through the forest and rocks surrounded by statues which show many of important incidents Lord Buddha's life. At the Top you can see a Large Walking Buddha Statue.
Written April 18, 2016
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Jeff S
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Solo
I went to this site around 09:00 am and I was the only one there. It was amazing and you feel that the Buddha is with you and you are climbing to meet him. I am very familiar with the story of Buddha but unfortunately there are no signs or story boards in English so if you are not familiar with the story it may be confusing (tourist board take not) also you have to climb the steps from the bottom in bare feet which for some may be a struggle. Once your at the top it is well worth the climb and you are joined by all the disciples in single file emerging from the forest. It is located in the forest and you just follow the trail so you can't wander off. In all a good hour plus depending on you and the cost was 300 rupee. At the bottom there is also a small cave which is supposed to be 500 years old with various wall paintings. In all a great half day out.
Written November 27, 2015
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Allirat
Copenhagen56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Couples
This is a great place to visit. Wander round all the different temples, check the art work and so many sculptures. Fantastic. Its a temple and art gallery at the same time. Most of the exterior is quite new but its all put together in a respectful creation that makes it seem like a traditional temple.well worth a visit.
Written June 17, 2014
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Bernardine Fisher
Dubai, United Arab Emirates84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
A spectacular Buddhist Temple, built on the Hills of Kandy. One can capture, some lovely photographs here.

Points to note:

- Cost: entrance fee of LKR 250

- Footwear can be left at the entrance (no additional charge). Wear socks to protect your feet, from sunburns & tan.

- Attire: decent clothing

- This is a storytelling Temple with many statues, depicting the life of Lord Buddha. This tourist destination is not meant for those, who do not enjoy long distance walks (there are a lot of steps to be climbed & the stairway can be dangerous).

- Should you be visiting this place with the aim of understanding the historic importance, then go along with your personal tour guide. The Temple only provides Sinhalese translations.

- With all due respect, women should avoid this destination during late hours. I wouldn't recommend solo female travellers, to go here.

- Do not forget to carry a bottle of water.

- It is not mandatory to donate money.



Written April 16, 2018
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