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An ancient place of worship with intriguing art.

Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya

Believed to be more than 2000 years old, when Buddhism was first established in the island, the Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya is one of the few monuments in the Galle district that explains the history of Sri Lanka. Possessing some intricate works of art originating from various kingdoms, the temple showcases how religion is deeply intertwined with the way of life.

You, your family, friends, and even your partner will be able to delve into the artistic features of the temple during your stay with us at Taru Villas. You will be able to witness the daily rituals and learn how the various kingdoms of Sri Lanka contributed to the preservation of the temple.

Nearest City
Key Highlight
9m reclining statue of the Buddha
Distance from Galle

A Look Into the Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya

  • The temple is believed to contain one of the first few saplings of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, which was planted by King Devanampiyatissa in the 3rd century BC.
  • The temple was further developed by King Parakramabahu from the Polonnaruwa Period by using the rocky outcrop to craft a gigantic statue of Lord Buddha; a 9m reclining statue.
  • Climb the flight of stairs and you can witness a spectacular view of the nearby rice fields.
  • Do ensure you are dressed appropriately; covering shoulders and knees.
  • Taru Villas - Rampart Street is located 17 minutes away from the temple.

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