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Dondra Vishnu Devalaya

This temple is situated in Dondra, 6 Kms from Matara. This is located just on the main road and you... read more

Reviewed November 18, 2018
Balaji J
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
A Shrine with a Really Long History

Dondra Shrine is a mix of a Buddhist temple and some shrines of several gods. Among them, the... read more

Reviewed August 24, 2018
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed March 18, 2019

We very much love Sri Lanka and it’s warm hearted people and very much wanted to visit this temple. However we were appalled when we saw how the elephants at this temple were chained up and decided that until these beautiful creatures are respected more...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed February 21, 2019

I walked around the various parts of this temple and lastly came upon a mature elephant chained up by one front and one back leg making it impossible for the poor creature to move other than rocking side to side. It had no water and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Mikethecoach
Reviewed January 12, 2019 via mobile

Our tuk tuk driver stopped by for us to check the Buddha and temple out. It was really stunning and wonderful. What wasn’t wonderful is seeing a poor, lonely elephant being chained up to a tree so it couldn’t even move. Horrible to see and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank whitt_34
Reviewed November 18, 2018

This temple is situated in Dondra, 6 Kms from Matara. This is located just on the main road and you will not miss it as you travel towards Tangalle from Matara. There is ample parking available. For those who are using public transport there are...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed August 24, 2018

Dondra Shrine is a mix of a Buddhist temple and some shrines of several gods. Among them, the shrine of the God Vishnu (Uthpalawanna Sri Vishnu Devalaya) is the main and the largest one. Legends say that Dondra is the home of God Vishnu. The...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

So I was on my way to the dondra lighthouse and my bus from Matara dropped me outside this beautiful yellow arch. I could see the grey Buddha but has no idea that the 3 tiered blue building was a Vishnu temple. Photography not allowed...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Denzel2014
Reviewed May 9, 2018 via mobile

An elephant was chained by front and back legs in the temple grounds . It couldn’t move and certainly couldn’t lie down . It was displaying traumatised and stressed behaviour - rocking from side to side . There was no water . It’s an absolute...More

Date of experience: May 2018
3  Thank mimosauk
Reviewed April 8, 2018 via mobile

The place called “City of God” a close city to Matara. There is a temple found Dondra Temple which has more than thousand years. The Dondra temple a place to devote to God Vishnu and that is the only one temple devoted to Lord Vishnu....More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank 755sameeram
Reviewed February 7, 2018

Less touristic, but more so appreciated by local people. Really worth visiting and feeling the spirits of this place. One of the few temples where visitors do not pay high entrance fees (yet).

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Peter B
Reviewed February 5, 2018

This is a 'must see' Temple for those interested in Sri Lankan religions and the significant locations of in the land. The modern day Temple here has replaced an original that was destroyed in the era of the Portuguese. It is a 'Vishnu' shrine and...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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