Kande Viharaya of Atulgambadde in Kalutara District is a perfect place of worship complete with all the essential components of a Buddhist temple and receives veneration of people both home and abroad. This historical Khettarama Kande Vihare has enriched its importance with the presence of the Stupa, Bo Tree, Relic Chamber, Image House, Sri Vishnu Maha Devala and the four Maha Devalas including Kataragama Devale. The Mermaid hotel is one of the best Kalutara Hotels, which is located right in front of the turquoise ocean. The rooms of the hotel are spacious, elegant and offers par anomic views of the golden sun-kissed beaches, which are some of the best beaches in the world. Hotel is iconic for their world-class services and fabulous dining options.
The Samadhi Buddha statue was constructed in the recent past and can be visible from a long distance. New Image House is located under this statue and depicts many Jathaka stories and incidents related to the life of Load Buddha. The Bo tree has a history going back to more than 300 years. In 1980s wall has been erected in the shape of a square enclosing the Bo tree. Outside the Vihara is the Bo Tree surrounded by the lotus petalled wall the Bo Tree has many legends behind it and it is an object of long history. The Buddha images place on lotus petal around the Bo Tree created a very fascinating and spectacular scene. Adjoining the Bo Tree, there is a five storied building on the top of which we can see another relic chamber inside the floor below it a museum with antiquities ancient books and various other items are on display for public view inside the next lower floor the Sri Saranatissa Memorial Library has been housed. Numerous valuable books are available at the library. There are many programs conduct daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis at the temple. Among them temple conduct weekly Dharma School to learn and practice the teachings of Buddha.
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