Velgam Vehera

Velgam Vehera, Trincomalee

Velgam Vehera
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Brainstormpig17
Bahrain256 contributions
Best place to see monkeys and of course the historic temple!
Apr 2019 • Family
Free entry. Not a sole in sight. A group of monkeys live here and they were fascinating to watch. They playfully bounded about the ruins but didn't come too close for comfort. We saw a lizard on the wall too. An excellent place to see animals.
The ruins are really interesting although there is no information on site, so do your research into the history of the temple before you visit.
Its well worth a trip.
On Trip Advisor, the temple is showing on our map as in Trinco, but it's around 10km ish drive away - worth noting when planning a visit.
Written April 24, 2019
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Dilash De silva
Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka128 contributions
An ancient temple
Oct 2018 • Family
This is an ancient temple with lot of things to see . Has survived several terrorist attacks . Close to Trinco.
Written January 15, 2019
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Daan77
Meir, Belgium58 contributions
Wonderful ancient site, well maintained new temple, interesting civil war story
Jul 2018 • Family
This place has a lot of history. Over 2000 years old with statues that are still standing. The old ruins are still partially in the jungle, not yet uncovered, not yet visible. The part that is visible is already large. The new temple has a great story about it on the civil war & terrorist tamil tigers. Do pay a quick visit to the small (tiny)museum.
Written July 12, 2018
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Tharindu K
24 contributions
Hidden temple complex from outside world
Mar 2018 • Friends
Velgam Vehera is an ancient Buddhist temple built by King Devanamiyatissa. The temple is situated away from civilization in a forest. The area is very silent and forestry in the area gives a mystical and calm feeling for those who are near by. The temple was attacked by LTTE terrorists but managed to survive. A mortar got stuck in the Bo tree which was intended to destroy the tree. Locals believe it was a miracle.
Written March 20, 2018
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Gin B
Weston-super-Mare574 contributions
Ancient temple in a beautiful park.
Nov 2017 • Solo
This place has a beautiful setting of huge old trees and lawns, and the main feature is the remains of a centuries-old Buddhist temple. It was delightful to walk on the ancient stones, and to touch the original standing Buddha image, which was carved out of crystalline rock. There are other ruins all over the site, and also a modern Buddhist monastery, with a new-looking building where the monks live, and a new Image House containing a huge Buddha statue and other figures. I enjoyed spending a quiet time in the image house, which would be a perfect place to pray or meditate. Next to the image house there's a snow-white dagoba (stupa), and both are right next to miles of green padi fields. This is truly a lovely place to visit.
Written December 6, 2017
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Achintha U
Sri Lanka59 contributions
Isolated Buddhist Temple
Oct 2017 • Solo
There were lot of ancient ruins. Specially this is a good place if anyone interesting ancient archaeological. Historical informations are displayed in the temple. Roads are in good condition and you can find easily the place.
Written November 5, 2017
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fjp4564
Sunshine Coast659 contributions
Revisitng Ancient Buddhist Histyory
Aug 2017 • Solo
This spot is worth a visit to imagine the dedication of the local buddhists, and splendour of the past. The ruins of this temple seems to be decaying due to neglect.
Written August 14, 2017
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abey_12
Basildon, UK127 contributions
historic temple from prechrist era
Apr 2017 • Couples
this is a very old Buddhist temple that was also made into a Hindu temple when Indian invaders took control of that area many centuries ago. The guard stones seen there are unique with almost a flower vase type engravings-not seen this anywhere else in Srilanka
Written May 7, 2017
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Prasunmed
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Dec 2016 • Family
this had built by king Dewanampiyathissa. but doesnt know exactly who had made this. 9km away from trincomalee town. before 2008 this area was under LTTE. but now no any threat. you can travel free and very safely.
Written January 26, 2017
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Dasun R
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka160 contributions
An ancient Buddhist Temple with peaceful surrounding.
Dec 2015 • Friends
This place was not in our tour plan, but we accidentally saw the archeological department sign boards and decide to visit, was a few km drive turning from Trinco Nilaveli road, but worth visiting. ruins of the ancient temple is on one side and newly built temple is on other side, few locals were there when we visit, not so famous, but worth visiting
Written November 11, 2016
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