The Kande Viharaya is located within an hour’s drive from Colombo so unless you have a strict schedule, it’s not a difficult trip to plan especially if you are travelling from Colombo. If you are planning to stay at one of the luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, ensure to base yourself at a centrally located place such as Blue Water Club Suites.
What continues to capture the attention of the traveller is undoubtedly the 160 ft tall Buddha statue that serves as a prelude to what the temple holds within. As the name suggests, the temple is perched atop a hill and can be seen from any location within the district.
There are a total of 9 devalas within the site and what is unique about such places is that here you will find a coexistence between Buddhist and Hindu cultures; the devalas are dedicated to Gods such as Kataragama, Sooniyam, Vishnu, Kaali and Ishwara.
The colourful Image House which is home to a priceless collection of murals that each relates its own tale to the inquisitive visitor.
When to visit
To truly appreciate the tranquillity and sacredness of the site, visit during a full moon or poya day when you can witness devotees offering prayers and following various observances.
Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+