Be awed by the stature and beauty of the Kande Viharaya in Aluthgama which is an all too familiar sight from afar. Regarded as one of the oldest temples in the country, visitors heading along the southern coastal belt of Sri Lanka may choose to stop by and learn of this magnificent shrine. Stay at the Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara located in close proximity to the temple and enjoy an Ayurveda Sri Lanka experience that will usher in a sense of peace and calmness. Such Sri Lanka hotels should be made use of when thinking of exploring the treats that the south coast boasts of having.
The origins of the temple can be traced back as far as 1734 and thus has been revealed that it was built by a monk by the name of Dedduwa Thero. Therefore it established itself as being the regional centre for Buddhism. The temple received its name for it was situated on top of a hill and thereby is known as the ‘Temple on the Hill’. A feature of the shrine is the majestic Samadhi Buddha statue which is quite simply a mesmeric sight. The Image House which is found beneath the statue is a place worth visiting. The murals of many a ‘Jathaka’ story relate the tales in the life of Lord Buddha. Intricate designs adorn the columns of the house and make for quite an intriguing journey.