Ranawana temple in Kandy – A temple in harmony with nature!

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Away from pampered luxuries and tightly bound with nature is the Ranawana temple in Kandy which comes as a charming religious site that showcases the rich cultural history of Sri Lanka.

About

Ranawana temple is well-known as one of the most enchanting and one of the largest temple complexes in Sri Lanka. The history of this temples dates back to the Gampola era and initially, it had two cave temples. Unlike many other temples in the country, this temple is built in an idyllic place with the maximum use of natural resources. Walking through the forest where it is built will be an interesting activity since you’ll be able to witness significant incidents of Lord Buddha’s life.

Ranawana temple in Kandy | Image Credit - AntanO, CC BY-SA 4.0 Via Wikimedia Commons
Ranawana temple in Kandy | Image Credit – AntanO, CC BY-SA 4.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Location

Located 900 metres away from the Colombo – Kandy highway, this is a must-visit destination if you are planning to spend some time in Kandy. If on holiday, a good way to accomplish this would be to first make a booking at any of the Kandy hotels. One such option that you will invariably come across would be Earl’s Regency, from where visiting the temple would not be difficult.

“Waling Buddha statue”

The Ranawana temple is home to the world’s tallest Buddha statue. It is 92 feet tall and it was opened for the public on 5th September 2013. Before this statue was built, the tallest walking Buddha statue was in Buddhamanthon, Thailand.

What to expect

Those visiting this holy site believe that once worshipped it will absolve all worries in life. This is an ideal place to meditate and experience your inner peace. Make sure that you follow the required etiquette before entering the temple.

Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.

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