Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya

Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya

Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya
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twofishes
France93 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
If you have visited any of the other well known cave temples you may walk away disappointed like we did. They are now charging 500 rupees and you are given a printed ticket. The recling and meditative Buddha’s were covered with a drape. I asked a monk but he seemed unsure why perhaps to keep them protected from the elements.
It interesting to note the there was quite a bit of maintence going on as the President was due for a visit the following weekend.
Written 24 February 2020
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Gimani G
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
I recently visited this temple with a group of French students, and the experience left a sour taste. As we approached, a very young monk approached us, asking for Rs.500 from each to enter the temple, a fee not mentioned anywhere outside. This money-focused approach felt wrong and was quite off-putting. This seemed far from true Buddhism and left us with a sense of shame about the temple and Sri Lanka's representation of Buddhism to tourists.

In my opinion, they should have clear signage indicating the entrance fee, rather than surprising visitors. This approach tarnishes the image of both Sri Lanka and Buddhism. I would recommend exploring other temples in Galle that uphold the true spirit of Buddhism without attempting to commercialize it.
Written 24 January 2024
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Liveandlearn2017
South Australia, Australia34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Friends
Sadly, since I first visited Yatagala five years ago, a notice has appeared asking people not to drink and smoke - this is a reflection on the tourists rather than in Sri Lankans who certainly do their bit to boost Government alcohol and cigarette revenue but NEVER in the grounds of a temple. Please be respectful with your dress and if possible on poya day, wear a white top. As with Chartres cathedral if archeologists were to dig at this site, assuredly traces of very ancient worship would be discovered. As it is today, every effort is being made to prop up the branches of one of the oldest Bo trees in the country. Walk behind it to spend time with the statue of the Lord Buddha less frequented by the crowds festival days and spend time thinking of the anonymous artisan who made this piece.Tthen walk all the way around the back - it is even worth taking a picnic, sitting among these rocks and breathing in the spirits of countless generations of supplicants and givers of thanks. Far more alive spiritually than Dambulla, Yatagala also offers a receipt for money donated towards the upkeep of the wall paintings. As well, at certain times of the day, the boy monks can be heard or seen. If you are lucky and it rains in late afternoon on poya day, head out to Yatagala - the weather will surely clear for you and offer you a rewarding experience
Written 29 April 2017
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AshramSriLanka
Sri Lanka119 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015
This place is in the village.it nice site seen and the old temple to see,no weal chair faculty to go up
Written 3 February 2016
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JayandNicholas
Java, Indonesia49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
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 said it had to be 500 or 1000 rupees. Now come on, a donation means give what you wish. If its a ticket to get in then that's another story. Judging by all these comments here it is about time someone stepped in to sort this annoyance out.
Written 12 February 2019
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LordFairmont
Dubai, United Arab Emirates85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
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.
Written 29 December 2018
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ZinamonKveen
Colombo, Sri Lanka777 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
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.
Written 23 December 2018
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simanti t
23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Friends
This place is off the beaten path, close to Unawatuna. While it may be slightly difficult to reach if you are dependent on public transport (like we were), it is worth visiting. Spiritual, historic and serene, it definitely has a feel to it and if it wasn't for the extorting caretaker, I would have rated it higher.

However, I feel compelled to share my negative experience and how disappointing it is to witness a holy place being corrupted by one person who considers it his fiefdom and extorts clueless tourists for his own benefit. I do hope the authorities will take action against this man and ensure other tourists do not have this experience.

We were 4 girls and he was quite helpful when we reached the place but then started soliciting his services as a tour guide. When we said we didn't require a guide, he got more aggressive and started shouting at us that we needed to pay a fee to access the temple. We refused to do so and asked him to show us where this was mentioned. He brought the receipt book used for voluntary donations and we pointed out that this was not mandatory and cannot be used to extort tourists. He grudgingly let us go around the area but constantly shouted at us and asked us not to take pictures even though we were outside the temple. We threatened to take his photo as well and report him to the cops and he immediately turned his back and went away.

I would recommend that serious action be taken against this person.
Written 24 September 2018
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Nen608707
Croatia1,845 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Friends
It is the place of most interesting history and the country of very religious people no matter what religion do they belong to.
Being agnostic person I find most interesting visiting religious places in all countries I visit. Yatagala Sacred Area inspires respect and deep emotions. It is a "must do" when in surroundings. Forget beaches and good food for a couple of hours and immerse into this fascinating religious site.
Written 10 February 2017
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David H
100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Solo
Yes there's a giant Buddha and a pagoda, but the real attractions here are the stone temple and bho tree.

The temple itself rests inside the hollowed out room of a giant stone boulder, providing instant relief from the heat of day and some unusual curvature to the ceiling. Murals decorate every inch of wall space. A large Buddha resides behind a large curtain, in the lying position. Japanese floor tiles donated in 1940 make beautiful colour mash floor patterns. Keep your eyes peeled for Vishnu.

A testament to the age of the bho tree outside is the numerous metal poles and boulders that support the weight of its ancient branches. Quite remarkable and a beautiful tree to be sure.

Well worth a visit. Consider donating a small amount to the keeper at the temple for restoration works.
Written 18 January 2017
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