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Address: Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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When i travel to different countries I make sure I visit the local worship temples.This was anexcellent few hours and would recommend it. Bare in mind men have to cover knees... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Trevor S
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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402 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having seen so many temples this was a change from the norm and we felt it was largely undiscovered by tourists but visited frequently by locals. Its currently being done up and has scaffolding up but is still very impressive, in a really small way, the paintings inside are simply amazing. Not only that but the 2 or 3 out... More 

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Thank Scottieboyuk
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The name Gadaladeniya has been derived from meaning bed of rock, and is one of the ancient Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. The temple has been built in the 14th Century, during the time where King Buvenakabahi IV was ruling the country, with the guidance of Ven. Seelawamsa Dhammakeerthi. The temple has been designed by South Indian architect Ganesvarachari. The... More 

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yorkshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When i travel to different countries I make sure I visit the local worship temples.This was anexcellent few hours and would recommend it. Bare in mind men have to cover knees and ladies their shoulders as respect.

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Thank Trevor S
Long Island, New York
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36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

The Gadaladeniya Raja temple is small, on a dead end street in a neighborhood of brass manufacture, and next to a trash area that collects recycled soda cans. It is not visible from the street. All you can see is sheer rock – the temple is actually situated on a huge rock. Stone steps have been carved into the rock... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

This temple and stupa are situated on a rocky outcrop; although quite easy to wander about as it's not that steep. Only the rear entrance was open but it still allowed a view of the fading Lion paintings on the entrance walls, before being dazzled by the large gold painted meditating Buddha statue between two gold painted statues resting on... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

its sad to see that the temple was neglected. no body is there to guide or look after such historically valuable temple.

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Thank MeeraMc7
Nugegoda, Sri Lanka
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This was under construction at the time we went. So, better to check whether the constructions have been finished, before going. The place was pretty much similar to Lankatilaka temple. Booklets about the temple was available to buy. Parking was available near the temple for free. But it was not a proper parking.

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Thank Rasika B
Emirate of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Gadaladeniya is an old monastery in Sri Lanka it was built on a rock and it contains very beautiful paintings.

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Thank Yohani J
Vancouver, Canada
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935 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 377 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Gadaladeniya, Lankatilaka and Embekke Devale Temples comprise the Three-Temples Loop about half hour's drive from Kandy. With transport (car or tuk-tuk) they can all be visited together in ~ 2 hours and are not particularly busy. This temple, Gadaladeniya, is built on a rock and is very interesting and pretty to visit.

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Located around 13kilometers away from the kandy town. Beautiful drawings and amazing architecture . If you have enough time in kandy worth visiting this place.

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