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Kande Viharaya

Located inland from the city of Bentota, the Kande Viharaya has long been a major place of worship in the southern coast, while also being an important landmark for many travellers. Built during the early 1700s, the Kande Viharaya possesses some interesting features such as Kandyan era frescoes, a bodhi tree that is 300 years old, and even depictions of the Jataka Tales (Lord Buddha’s past lives).

When you’re staying at one of our villas in Bentota, whether The Muse, Rock Villa, Long House or River Cottage, the temple can be easily reached in 15 minutes. Visit by yourself or with your family, friends or partner for a glimpse of the unique culture of the country. Remember to dress in appropriate attire, covering shoulders and knees.

Nearest City
Bentota
Key Highlights
48m high statue of the Buddha
Distance from Bentota
6.4km

A Look Into the Kande Viharaya

  • The Kande Viharaya has a history of almost 300 years, as the temple was completed in 1734.
  • It has one of the largest statues of the seated Buddha, at a height of 48 metres tall.
  • The temple consists of seven main points of interest, which are the Bodhi Tree, Stupa, Relic Chamber, Image House, Upulvan Devalaya, Kataragama Devalaya, and the Pattini Devalaya
  • The temple is a 15 minute drive from Taru Villas - The Muse, Rock Villa and Long House. While only 9 minutes from River Cottage.

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