Kalutara Bodhiya Sri Lanka- One of the 32 saplings of the ancient Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

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Bo trees hold a significant place in Buddhism as it was under such tree, that Buddha attained enlightenment. While, almost all Bo trees are worshipped, some are more special as they have a history dating back to a thousand years. The Kalutara Bodhiya is one example.

Kalutara Bodhiya|Via-travelkalutara.com

The History

This was planted during the 2nd century; King Devenampiyatissa’s era and the sapling is one of the 32 that came from the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi tree in Anuradhapura which grew from the sapling that came from the very Bo tree that Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Thus, making it much venerated.

Strategic Importance

During the Portuguese rule, the significance of the tree was noted, and a fort was built which became the venue for military and administrative purposes. This continued through the Dutch and British era until Sri Lanka gained independence, after which, the site was only meant for religious purposes.

Overcoming the threats

In the 19th century, the construction plan of railroads posed a threat. However, after many protests, a railway bridge was built without harming the tree.


Situated right next to the Kalutara Chaithya and is easily accessible to many a beach hotel in Sri Lanka as it is on the main Galle road. It is a prominent attraction and is visited by many daily. It is only 4 km away from the Mermaid Hotel & Club in Kalutara.

Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+

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