Veherahenna Temple is a cultural heritage temple by Matara. In 17th century local people built the underground temple to hide and pray away from Dutch. In 1990 the Big Buddha was built (39m), frescoes illustrating the highlights of Buddhas life.
Recommended review time for sightseeing: 20 m
Situated close to Matara town this Temple is famous for its iconic huge Buddha Statue. As the original history of the temple starts in ancient times, the newly built temple was founded in 19th century. The temple is more like a hub for Buddhism combine with the well known Matara Bo-Tree. The temple has lots of buddhist statues most created in the modern era. The place is calm and its a good place to learn and warship Buddhism. Traveller tip : Don't get along with guides and sellers around here, most of them are looking for easy money.
.Very beautiful place.... churches in the caves.... Buddha statues...images of the Buddhas disciples etc etc........ DO NOT give donations to nobody!!
This is a nice place with a huge Buddha statue in it....
the ancient nature of the place and magnificent setting on a huge rock was right up my alley as were several lesser known buddhist monasteries also ancient and within Tuk Tuk range of Talalla.
Weherahena Buddhist Temple is a cultural attraction near Matara. During the 17th century the local people had built an underground temple, where they prayed secretly. They kept it hidden from the Portuguese rulers due to the fear of destruction The present temple was built in the 1990s. It's main pull is the 39 meters high Buddha statue, which sits in the samadhi or squatting position in front of the equally high temple . Overall there are no relics, frescos or artefacts of historical significance in this temple. Seeing the Buddha statue from outside is enough for Non-Buddhist visitors.