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45 Feet Maligawila Buddha Statue Curved from Single Limestone & Well Known to Local Worshipers.

A large ugly metal canopy erected above it making it difficult to photograph in its natural... read more

Reviewed July 11, 2018
Titus D
Sri Lanka
Tallest Free-standing Buddha in Sri Lanka

Spoilt only by the large ugly metal canopy erected above it making it difficult to photograph in... read more

Reviewed October 28, 2017
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Buttala-Okkampitiya Road, Buttala 91100, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

Visiting Maligawila was in my mind for a long time. Made my journey Arugam Bay to Monaragala. From Monaragala it is around 90 minutes by public transport. Maligawila is the tallest free standing Buddha Statue in Sri Lanka. It is 11 meters tall and is...More

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Reviewed July 11, 2018

A large ugly metal canopy erected above it making it difficult to photograph in its natural surrounds but it provides protection against sun and the rain. Carved from a single piece of limestone rock, the statue dates back to the 6th-7th Century AD when it...More

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Reviewed October 28, 2017

Spoilt only by the large ugly metal canopy erected above it making it difficult to photograph in its natural surrounds.

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Reviewed August 23, 2017

A wonderful Buddha statue carved out of limestone which had decayed due to negligence & was broken into large pieces. Due to the ingenious craftsmanship of Sri-Lankan engineers, it has been brought back to its former glory. This Buddha statue is the tallest Standing Buddha...More

1  Thank DilrukshiH
Reviewed July 23, 2017

The Maligawila Buddha is the tallest free-standing Buddha statue in Sri Lanka, standing at 45ft high. Carved from a single piece of limestone rock, the statue dates back to the 6th/7th Century AD when it was built by the first Aggabodhi, a prince from the...More

2  Thank 11818taj9
Reviewed June 4, 2017

a visit to the Maligawila Buddha statue is worthwhile for those adventurous enough and who love non-touristic elements in travel. the 7th century monuments are fascinating, filled with untold stories of history the road networks are great now and the little villages are truly interesting

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Reviewed February 28, 2017

Maligawila Buddha statue is a popular attraction for both local and foreign tourists. however the monastery complex where its situated is not explored by many as there is no enough publicity . The complex which is dating back to 667 AD built by the King...More

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Reviewed February 21, 2017

re-constructed from ruins of the stature. There are two statures in this attraction ( 900m araprt ) 1. Buddha stature 2. Bodhisathwa stature

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Reviewed October 22, 2016

The Maligawila Buddha statue is located close to the village of Maligawila between Okkampitiya and Maligavila. It has been carved from a single large limestone rock, and is considered to be the tallest ancient free-standing image in Sri Lanka.

1  Thank sameerak2015
Reviewed January 2, 2016

This is not a touristy place but very much part of the history of Sri Lanka. Our driver, Mr. Hetti, from Hetti Tours knew how to get there and once there we walked about a kilometer or two through a beautiful wooded area to view...More

1  Thank Denise K
Reviewed September 6, 2015

Travelling by car, the Driver/guide suggested a stop here. The standing Buddha is impressive in size, and the site is attractive and well maintained. There seems to be a steady flow of pilgrims stopping, and it is worthwhile making a 30 or 40 minute stop...More

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