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Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple

Matale, Aluvihara | Aluvihara Junction, Matale Rd, Matale 21000, Sri Lanka
+94 66 2 222533
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Matale, Aluvihara | Aluvihara Junction, Matale Rd, Matale 21000, Sri Lanka
+94 66 2 222533

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Reviewed 1 May 2017

This is different ! How weird ! Enter the lower car park and then elect to drive up the left hand tiny road and park near the ticket office. We tried to buy tickets, and the lovely chaps in the office let us enter for...More

Thank ricky_indo
Reviewed 25 April 2017

This cave temple has two significant reasons for a traveler to visit. Firstly is an ancient temple dating back to pre-colonization of Sri Lanka and its architecture and the location and rock caves are unique in its own. Secondly this place was where Buddhist doctrine...More

Thank Prasanna A
Reviewed 23 February 2017

This temple has several parts - lots of rock paintings and Buddha images to see. Don't forget to look up at the honeycombs hanging from the rock curve high overhead.

Thank catherine6543
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

By good tradition you have to start paying at the entrance after climbing a dangerous stair, 250rp per person. If you think you can expect a similar experience as Dambulla cave you are wrong. This are just a few small caves with mural decorations and...More

Thank Arne L
Reviewed 13 February 2017

This place is not far out of town; 3 kms, but I doubt people want to walk there. Here is what I did; tuk-tuk from Dad's for RS 150 to drop me off (8:30 AM), explore lower stupa then pay fee RS 250, drop off...More

Thank salemnobody
Reviewed 31 January 2017

The Aluvihara Temple in Matale is around 30km from Kandy town and is one of the many Buddhist Temples of Sri Lanka that are well worth visiting and which are of historic significance. The history of the place dates to the 3rd century BCE when...More

Thank profjoypc
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Nice temple with several different buddha statues. you need to climb some stairs to see it all. When we were there it was not crowded with tourists.

Thank gijs huib M
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

We were driving from Kandy to Dambulla and the road goes through Matale. A quick stop made at the Aluvihara Temple which stands out like a beacon in an otherwise rural area. This is a historic Temple for Buddhism where one can observe the "Theravada"...More

Thank AshleyAzavedo
Reviewed 5 January 2017

One of the last place in Sri lanka where Pure "Theravada” Buddha Preaching were documented. This place is surrounded by green mountain ranges and forests, a good place for people who loves “Lord Buddha’s” memories and for hikers and nature lovers who like to adventure...More

Thank coltami
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

The caves are at the top of a hill, lots of steps and not accessible yo wheelchair users and also wouldn't recommend to people with restricted mobility. Once you get to the top, you have to remove your shoes and then walk some more rock...More

Thank María L
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Hi there Some of the photos that have been posted by well meaning reviewers, are unfortunately posted in the wrong place. Some of the photos posted at "Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple" are actually images from the 'Dambulla Rock Temple' and not "Aluvihara". Can you please confirm; 1. "Dambulla Rock Temples" are in Dambulla, 30 mins south of Sigiriya? 2. "Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple" is in Matale, 60 mins north of Kandy City. 3. Would you kindly report to Tripadvisor, the photo posting errors, so that travellers don't become confused. Thank you and best regards. NN
9 March 2015|
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Response from N N | Reviewed this property |
Hi Bruce, Please allow me to explain. This review that we have contributed to, refers to a place called "Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple" located in Matale, North of Kandy, in Sri Lanka. You have posted pictures of "Dambulla... More