Timings : 06:00 AM to 07:00 PM
Time Required : 2-3 hours
One of the treasured monuments of the country of Sri Lanka is the Kande Vihara temple. One of the biggest Buddhists temples in the district of Kalutara, the Kande Vihara temple derives its name from its location - the mountain crest. The unique characteristic of the temple is that on top of it sits a majestic cross-legged Buddha, one of the tallest sitting Buddha statues in the world. The Sri Lankan government has also recognised the temple as one of the archaeological sites of the country. The temple is an important site for followers of Buddhism, cultural enthusiasts and even historians and architecture geeks and archaeological explorers.
In 1734, the temple was founded by the chief of a kingdom and was developed and reconstructed. Later in the year of 1904, the temple was opened up to monks who built up educational institutions inside the temple; the temple has undergone various changes and development along with constructions. But till this day the temple remains true to its core values, ethics and traditions.The temple is now home to monks living together inside the temple premises. They not only practice the religion of Buddhism but also preach it. Junior monks also come to the temple to be guided by their senior monks. Devotees from all around the world come to visit the beautiful temple that alleviates its devotees and helps them attain the peace of mind that is difficult to find in the stressful monotonous life of an individual.