Being famous mostly for the glorious beaches and beautiful ocean shores, Sri Lanka is a great place to visit. When on the island, do pack a trip down south and experience the many wonders of the ocean. Yet, while there, there is something else of interest too that you just have to experience. Dating back to 1734, the Kande Viharaya Temple is a fort of solitude and spiritual relief for all those who take the time to visit this place. Thousands of people flock to its holy grounds, in search of both mental and spiritual uplifting. The Kande Viharaya Temple provides a kind of tranquillity that is said to bring peace to the body, mind and soul.
In the Kande Viharaya Temple you can also find the “Kshethrarama Pirivena” which was inaugurated by Ven. Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Thero in the year of 1904. This temple is a great place to visit because it provides a link to the social and cultural features in Sri Lanka. The name of the temple also has meaning. ‘Viharaya’, means ‘temple’ and ‘kanda’ meaning ‘hill.’ Hence rightfully so, the structure does sit on a hill. Given its close proximity to the beaches and coasts, the sanctuary is also sometimes referred to as “Aluthgama Kande Viharaya” or the “Bentota Kande Viharaya” as it is close to these towns. Here you will also find the tallest seated Buddha statue in the world that was put together in a very short period. There are also nine smaller places of worship here, also known as shrines that are dedicated to different gods.
So when you are down south, do not forget to indulge in the waters, and surf to your heart’s content. You will definitely have the time of your life on this island paradise. Check out a place to stay at a Bentota hotel and look for great resorts in Bentota such as the Avani Bentota Resort. So if you take the time to visit this temple, do check out the new educational facility that has been installed in the temple that is being used by the Bhikkus and Kande students. There is also a memorial library that has some of the richest cultural books that you will ever find on Sri Lanka, so do make to visit the viharaya on your trip down-south on this island paradise.