Wewurukannala Vihara

Wewurukannala Vihara, Dikwella: Address, Wewurukannala Vihara Reviews: 4/5

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Largest Buddha statue can be seen from afar.
Entry ticket costs 200 LKR, additionally you’ll be asked for donation multiple times inside.
Be ready to take your shoes off, knees and shoulders should be covered.
The place is very beautiful, wall paintings are amazing, take your time to examine everything.
There is also an elephant chained to the trees so tight that it can’t even move and just swinging all the time :(
Written February 24, 2020
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Tomáš Roud
Kutna Hora, Czech Republic229 contributions
Family
You can enter for 200Rs, what is nothing. Then you need to buy flowers for 100Rs to give them to Lord Buddha. Then you can see many of Buddha statues and pictures of situations from his life. In old temple we've received a ritual to protect all family for free. We gave them a donation for the temple. Go there with a guide. Very nice place, I recommend that.
Written February 4, 2020
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Susie H
Devon, UK225 contributions
Family
I went with my 8yr old son. I’d found a tuk tuk driver, Sunil, who didn’t rip me off and we all went.
Sunil very kindly have us the tour and it was amazing.

The frescoes are in amazing condition, the sculptures were great.

The whole story of Buddha is in front of you, the birth, the 55 lives etc.

Really interesting.

Lots of different little temples with further more intricate artwork.

Climbing up with big Buddha was fun. Each floor had more frescoes.

The breeze from the top was very welcomed as we went at midday - big error!

Only points I’d give would be:

Women take a sarong to cover your legs

Take small not rupees to donate at the little temples.

Give the ladies who seek flowers some money and make your offering.

Don’t go at midday as you have to take you flip flops off and the ground is burning!
Written January 15, 2020
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Oliver123
Brighton, UK132 contributions
Couples
We were taken to visit the temple with our hotel driver who showed us around. It was interesting and the big buddha is very impressive. We had a blessing & offered a small donation. We were told about the 'elephant temple' which I assumed was a building, not an actual live elephant living in horrendous conditions. They were burning palm leaves about a foot from him and the smoke must've been in his eyes, causing even more distress. It was horrendous to see this beautiful creature chained on all legs, swaying back & forth. I was told he doesn't walk around, ever, unless there's a festival and he is 20 YEARS OLD. I will try to report this abuse but please be aware of what you are participating in, I wish I had done more research. There was also a dog with the worst mange I have ever seen, the monks do not care for these animals at all.
Written March 10, 2020
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Rowan Pradeep
Hanwella, Sri Lanka5 contributions
Family
This temple very famous as it is unique design with others. Climb to the top of the huge Buddha statue. The out side view is very beautiful after going to top. Can see Ancient temple with beautiful carvings
Written May 22, 2022
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goozey
Salt Spring Island, Canada108 contributions
Couples
Do not visit or support this temple. Yes, the Buddha is nice - but what isn't ... is the temple elephant chained up in the back of the temple. Chained front to back .. this poor creature cannot move 1 foot in any direction. It is chained into a permanent stance for the rest of its life ... just stuck there on a concrete pad in obvious distress. Please do not visit this temple and support this cruelty.
Written March 11, 2019
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Connector751285
2 contributions
Do not go, unless you want to fund animal cruelty. There is an elephant chained and it can’t move and it is seemingly stressed and in agony. The visit made me sad.
Written April 19, 2018
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tommymacaus
Melbourne, Australia157 contributions
Couples
We visited the temple on Poya day and were excited to explore the site among worshippers on a holy day.

However, our visit was ruined when we saw an elephant chained up (both front and back), rocking back and forth in obvious distress, standing in its own excrement on a concrete slab not much larger than the size of a large car.

It is absolutely unconscionable to keep a large animal in such deplorable conditions. Unfortunately we were not aware of the situation and had already paid an entry fee (200 LKR per person).

Please reconsider visiting this temple and contributing to this horrible, archaic practice. TripAdvisor should remove this listing.
Written January 4, 2018
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Dingo_6152
Fremantle, Australia1,840 contributions
Couples
When you drive up you can't help but notice the 50m tall statute of a sitting Buddha. There is a entrance fee of Rs200 per person - need to remove shoes, hats and women need to cover legs. First stop is the main shrine room, which contains numerous statues of Buddha, Kings, demons and monks - spend your time here fully exploring the rooms and taking in the murals/frescos on the walls & ceilings.
Next near the white stupa is a cave/tunnel (tunnel of hell) a series of wall paintings depicting the punishments for wrongdoers- which is fun but not particularly enlightening.
Then you need to take in the giant Buddha statue, which is covered in shiny mosaic tiles.
If you are lucky, like we were, you might get to see the temple elephant having a bath and a scrub. She enjoys being hand fed bananas or biscuits but expect her handlers to ask for a small gratuity.
Written January 6, 2016
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Anthony Clarke
London, UK9 contributions
Solo
Came here while travelling along the south cost. Was not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised.
Beautiful structure filled with local people, not so many tourists. Costs only 200LkR to go in,
Budda is in pretty good condition and you can go inside in while there are many beautiful frescoes.
The only disappointing part was the fact that there is an elephant chained up by the back foot with a 2 meter chain, was very sad to see this.
If it was not for the elephant, the score would have been higher. Please move this elephant to somewhere more comfortable, perhaps to national park only 50km away.
Written December 26, 2018
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