It stands patiently watch as it has done through the centuries, witnessing kingdoms rise and fall. Its towering presence is both imposing and impressive, and in the stillness one may get lost in thought, thinking about a time long ago when kings ruled the land. Visiting the Aukana Buddha statue as you explore Sri Lanka offers such unique insights into the country’s past.
This well known statue can be found in a village near a reservoir called the Kala Wewa, within the island’s historically rich Cultural Triangle. One option for adventurers would be to stay at hotels in Sigiriya that not only offer easy access to this attraction but to another famous attraction in the region, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Sigiriya Jungles is one such accommodation option to consider.
Rising to a height of a little over 13 metres, the Aukana Buddha Statue is the tallest of its kind in Sri Lanka. Those visiting the site will notice that the statue has actually been constructed out of granite rock itself. The craftsmanship and skill needed to create such an awe-inspiring structure both in terms of size and detail are bound to astound you. On nearing this landmark you will notice that the statue is actually standing on a lotus flower pedestal that has also been carved from granite, though separately. The origins of the statue go back to the 5th century during the time of King Dhatusena.
Those exploring the site will also come across other highlights including ruins of ancient walls and a fascinating image house. Offering great photo opportunities, a visit to the Aukana Buddha statue is a chance to experience the island’s rich heritage that is intrinsically linked with Buddhism.
Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+