Weherahena Buddhist Temple
Weherahena Buddhist Temple
4.5
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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wimalarathana h
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
This temple is the largest temple in the Matara district &The world's first tunnel temple. It is a major tourist spot for both local and foreign nationals as well as a sacred place. This temple is about 100 years old. There is a separate entrance for foreigners and a separate parking lot and necessary facilities for them can be obtained by entering from that entrance. It's not the first entry you'll come across. It is for locals. After passing the first entrance, the second entrance, which is met with ben, left, is for foreigners only. By entering through that entrance, foreigners can safely visit
Written 25 April 2023
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Ravisha Madushani
Matara, Sri Lanka14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
Weherahena is a Buddhist's sacred place. This temple that can be visited by anyone irrespective of religion. Suitable place to visit with family members. This is a calm and peaceful place.
Written 18 January 2022
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Sunil F
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Most Impressive Buddhist temple to visit . Beautifully made.. The temple is opened to Everyone. Located in a very peaceful place. If you are in Matara. Down south Sri Lanka do not miss it..
Written 6 February 2020
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pavana❤
Matara, Sri Lanka3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We are Buddhist and we a
like to go there.i think no ticket for local and foreigners people.we going day small children giving us to flower for praying.its very good.
Written 2 February 2020
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Seevali D
Colombo, Sri Lanka8,975 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
My wife and I visited the Weherahena Buddhist Temple in the morning on 24th December 2019. We parked our car in the designated car park and walked up about 75 metres to the temple entrance. Entrance fee for foreigners Rs 250.
The pride of place goes to the 39-metre-tall seated Buddha statue built on a stage shaped as a lotus flower. This statue, completed in 1976, overlooks a vast courtyard. The bo-tree at the far-left end of the courtyard looks insignificant in the presence of this colossal statue. A small chaitya (pagoda) is at the far-right end of the courtyard. In the middle of the courtyard are two long ponds with large lotus flowers constructed along their central axes. Since it was a public holiday (24/12), there were many devotees visiting the temple.
At the far end of the courtyard are the steps that lead down to the 600 feet long tunnel complex. All along the walls of the maze of tunnels are fresco art scenes depicting buddha’s life and those from jathaka stories (related to his previous birth episodes).
The history of the temple is rather short beginning only in the early 20th century. To me the frescoes and paintings within the tunnel look rather gaudy compared to the serene frescoes seen at other temples! I presume they are only meant to remind devotees about Buddha's life and its virtues!
Visitors are required to behave with decorum, clothed and dressed modestly as this is a place of worship. Footwear are left outside before entering the temple compound.
Written 12 January 2020
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Jacksons from Brighton
Brighton, UK452 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We arrived about 10ish and where the only people their. You pay entry 250r each and then you give money to the guide at the end. Take your loose change for the lucky cotton rest band you will get from a monks. Amazing paintings and sculptures telling the Buddha history.

Our Tuk Tuk driver offered to then take us to see the light house.
Written 12 January 2020
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BlueBeak29
Darmstadt, Germany12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Family
Very impressive place. 35 meter Buddha statue with an underground tempel. The walls of the temple are painted with pictures telling the story of buddah.
Admission is 250 rupee and you get a guid who explains you everything.
Definitely worth a visit.
Written 27 November 2019
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SEs
London, UK25,917 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
This is a good Buddhist temple to visit while you are here. This is a well maintained temple. The wall paintings beautiful.
Written 3 September 2019
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Ivana B
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
We paid entrance and guide who really was only more district us than explain something as his English is very limited and we had to walk around in his tempo as well he mentioned donations more than 5 times. If you go there its better to go alone around temple.
Written 8 May 2019
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Anschwae
Zurich, Switzerland592 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Rather narrow ways to walk, dark with no good lamps. However the paintings are beautiful and the Buddha is visible at the end of tour, from the upper level or from the ground.
Written 15 April 2019
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