Kalutara Bodhiya – The sacred temple in Sri Lanka’s southern coast

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The Kalutara Bodhiya is a Buddhist Temple located in the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka. It is a hallowed and magnificent landmark on the Galle Road where those travelling to and fro from the South compellingly stopover to pay there respects by way of offering and worship. This sacred temple is located on the estuary of the Kalu River in the town of Kalutara.

Kalutara is a popular tourist location in the southern coast of the country with its palm fringed beach and a wide range of tourist hotels. The Kalutara Bodhiya temple receives the devotion and attention of not only the locals but also the tourists who visit the area. If you are travelling to Kalutara or stopping over during your trip towards the south then choose one of the best Kalutara Hotel Sri Lanka. Find accommodation at the opulent AVANI Kalutara Resort that sits on the peninsular where the river meets the ocean. An ideal getaway to relax, cool off in the waves or enjoy water sports it is on of the best lodging options in the vicinity.

The Kalutara Bodhiya (formerly known as the Gangatilaka Viharaya) dates back its origin to the second century BC. It is said that under the direction of Arahat Mahinda Thera the Buddhist monk who is known to have brought and introduced Buddhism in Sri Lanka, the reigning king during that time Devanampiyatissa rooted a sapling of the Sri Mahabodhiya in the Kalutara Bodhiya, where it stands to date.

The massive Dagoba and Bo tree that spreads out and stands at a great height is visible from a vast distance. Unlike the many other dagobas in the country, here at the Kalutara Bodhiya you can enter the dagoba. The temple is located about 40km from Colombo and approximately 80km if you are coming from Galle.

Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+

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