Sri Lanka is a tiny island that has a myriad of wonders. Among its breathtaking scenery marked by sparkling beaches, mountains and valleys there stands epic structures echoing a sense of serenity. The religious places in Sri Lanka bring to life the deep spiritual essence this nation holds dear. It takes you to the heart of a Lankan’s belief and shows you the many culture and rituals associated with every religion in this island.
Primarily a Buddhist country, Sri Lanka is dotted with an array of different temples. The Kande Viharaya located in the south of Sri Lanka is particularly significant. Throughout the year, thousands of white clad pilgrims visit the temples and perform special rituals in worship of Lord Buddha. The Kande Vihara in addition to its deep spiritual importance has a historical significance as well. Constructed in the year 1734, the temple still boasts some of its original features. The 120 feet statue of the seated Buddha makes the temple well known internationally. The statue is the largest of its kind in the whole world. The name Kande Viharaya is translated to ‘Temple atop a hill’ and the mere scenery surrounding this spectacular location of the temple is mind soothing in itself. That combined with exotic age old architecture and the ancient relic chamber makes this one of the most important locations in the country. The interior of the temple is just as beautiful as its exterior. Throughout the structure you will be greeted by an array of alluring drawings and Murals that belonged to the Kanyan Era in Sri Lanka; tales of the life of Lord Buddha and the rewards of the righteous are some of the stories depicted by these drawings.
The Kande Viharaya located in the South of Sri Lanka is one of the most sacred temples for the locals. It is thought to be the miracle temple; a place where dreams come true and prayers get answered. After immersing yourself into a spiritual aura at the Kande Viharaya, come home to the comforts of the Avani Kalutara Resort. This hotel in Kalutara is known for its exotic backdrop. Although it is rather new, it is still one of the most well known hotels in Kalutara.
Umanga Kahandawaarachchi is a passionate travel writer who writes under the pen name, Maggie Tulliver. Her field of writing covers a wide array of content and articles related to travel and hospitality industry.