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Galapatha Rajamaha Viharaya

In proximity to the famed Benthara River lies an ancient temple known as the Galapatha Rajamaha Viharaya. As you explore Bentota and its popular attractions, visit this unique Buddhist temple that’s famed for the intricate stone archway with ‘Nari Latha’ motifs stemming from the Kandyan period, the stone water filter known as Galpernaya and a rock outcrop with inscriptions dating to the 12th century A.D. The temple was also believed to have once housed the sacred tooth relic of Sri Anubuddha Maha Kassyapa Araha, within its premises.

Nearest City
Bentota
Key Highlight
The stone archway
Distance from Induruwa
2.3 km

A Look into the Galapatha Rajamaha Viharaya

  • The oval-shaped rock by the river was believed to a place where a queen once sat atop to bathe
  • A porous-like stone water filter with a basin of 18 inches deep located within the premises was once used to sprinkle water on to the flowers offered to the Buddha
  • The temple is approximately a 10-minute drive from our Bentota properties.

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