As one of the more popular destinations in South Asia, Sri Lanka is home to a blend of cultures, landscapes, traditions, and cuisine. Here’s an important attraction to visit the next time you’re in the central highlands of Sri Lanka.
As one of the top attractions to visit when you travel to Kandy, Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue is a must-visit. Apart from the religious significance this area possesses, you will also get to take in the mesmerising views and panoramic views of the city ahead. The hill on which this temple is located is also known as ‘Devil hill’.
The chief monk, Hinatiyana Dhammaloka, received the right to build this Buddha statue after much opposition in 1980. The temple is built on a land that was donated by the then Minister of Lands. In 1992, the construction of the statue was complete, and it was declared open by then President, Ranasinghe Premadasa.
How to get there
A must-visit, as recommended by Kandy Escapes and similar other blogs, this temple can be reached pretty easily by a tuk-tuk. Once you get to the bottom of the hill, a quick 20-minute walk will take you to your destination. Located just 2 kilometres from the main Kandy railway station, this location is open 24 hours a day.
Attractions close by
After you’re done admiring the views of Kandy, and you have time to spare, you can also visit some of the closer attractions. Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, the Kandy Lake, and Royal Botanical Gardens are some you can add to your list.