When in the Kalutara District, one would easily be engrossed by the sight of the glorious Kalutara Bodhiya. However in the area known as Aluthgama, travellers would find a serene sanctuary by the name of the Kande Viharaya which would be an excellent shrine to call at.
Should you happen to be residing at Saman Villas Bentota which is categorised as a luxury hotel Sri Lanka has to offer, a visit to the temple would be one of the many activities that you can do. Home to a detailed history which stretches to as far back as 1734, the temple showcases the brilliance of ancient architecture which is one of the many features that draws in devotees in their numbers.
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. The Kande Viharaya is made up of quite a few buildings and the Relic Chamber will come across as a great place to start your tour. Here you will encounter beautiful paintings from the Kandyan era while a moonstone will welcome you at the entrance.
From here move onwards to the colourful Image House which is home to a priceless collection of murals that each relates its own tale to the inquisitive visitor. Learn of the Jathaka stories that showcase important events in the life of Lord Buddha while finely sculptured pillars would amaze you with its attention to detail. A good time to visit the temple would be on a Poya Day as one is bound to meet many devotees who gather to make offerings and listen to the teachings of the monks.
Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.