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beautiful Buddhist temple

beautiful ancient Buddhist temple with serenity and easy access. 15 mts from Galle town. Beautiful... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dilash D
Shame about the man with 'donation' book.

We had a fabulous visit here and enjoyed seeing the boddhi tree and rock temple. The art work is... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2019
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Galle, Sri Lanka
+94 71 805 1464
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Reviewed 1 week ago

beautiful ancient Buddhist temple with serenity and easy access. 15 mts from Galle town. Beautiful murals and paintings.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Dilash D
Reviewed 12 February 2019

We had a fabulous visit here and enjoyed seeing the boddhi tree and rock temple. The art work is simply stunning. We were however left confused regarding the 'donation'. The man asked for a donation which we were more than happy to pay BUT then...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank nickandjaysadven2018
Reviewed 8 February 2019

quick journey from gallery station by tuk tuk. wonderful calm and atmospheric place of great importance. once inside the main building the statues and paintings are really inspiring and touch you quite profoundly. please visit and offer a donation

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ozzie504
Reviewed 12 January 2019 via mobile

Worth to visit, mainly for the calm environment and good energy. The cave temple is small but extraordinary so as the old bodhi tree. You can also climb the cave from behind and go on the roof of it. I liked it a lot.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Scooodles
Reviewed 29 December 2018 via mobile

This is a great place to visit regardless of your beliefs. Neat temple carved into a rock. I didn't have issue of getting forced to donate like others, were the only ones there and no one bothered.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LordFairmont
Reviewed 23 December 2018

There's a bit of a climb to reach the temple and get around as well but it's worth a visit. There are some lovely paintings, which, unfortunately, are starting to fade.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank ZinamonKveen
Reviewed 22 November 2018 via mobile

So this is the Budha temple of Galle. A very old rock temple which has an ancient Budha statue, wall murals and a bodhi tree. Entry is free and donation is at your discretion. Be careful

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Umang A
Reviewed 14 November 2018 via mobile

Be careful when you visit this temple. Visits are free and donations are at your discretion. I was stopped (clearly because I was foreign) and told I need permission to take pics, for which I needed to pay Rs.1000 'donation'. The guy working there was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Curiosity58798373216
Reviewed 21 October 2018

While staying in Unawatuna we decided to visit Galle via the Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya Temple using a tuk tuk which cost 400lkr one way. The temple was worth the visit and a guide gave us an informative tour or the temple. The guide stated...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank colinandkathdudley
Reviewed 4 October 2018

this is a very old temple, coming from kings time, hundreds of years old, very attactive place, like a mirrer of Ceylon History

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Harshana J
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23 February 2019|
Response from DCermelli | Reviewed this property |
Yes, as usual you must be respectful. Please wear long pants covering your knees and t-shirt for men and cover your arms for lady
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Response from GuatadeLapis | Reviewed this property |
There is no admission charge, but there are opportunities to make donations.