Buduruwagala is an ancient buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. The complex consists of seven statues and belongs to the Mahayana school of thought. The statues date back to the 10th century. The gigantic Buddha statue still bears traces of its original stuccoed robe and a long streak of orange suggests it was once brightly painted. The central of the three figures to the Buddha's right is thought to be the Buddhist mythological figure-the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. To the left of this white painted figure is a female figure in the thrice-bent posture, which is thought to be his consort-Tara.

Recommended review time for sightseeing: 30 m

Tourist reviews about Buduruwagala

Spectacular Rock Carvings
VicksVapo... [TA], , North California

The Buduruwagala Temple Buddha rock carvings are really spectacular to see. The giant Buddha and then small carvings next to it are amazing. Unfortunately the carvings are not protected from rain so parts of the rocks are starting to break off. Very quiet peaceful spot.

Nature and spectacular carvings!
kristisur... [TA], , Anchorage, Alaska

This was absolutely wonderful- we were almost alone at the temple surrounded by sounds of nature. Our guide was knowledgable not only on the site, but on the local flora and fauna as well.

impressive rock carvings
2swisstra... [TA], , Lausanne, Switzerland

Off the road, this place deserve a visit. The trip from main road to the temple goes through beautiful countryside and wildlife. The site is very peaceful and the rock carvings are stunning!

Impressive relics, beautiful area
Chelsea M [TA], , Mount Lawley, Australia

Amazing little spot off the obvious track (thankfully our driver took us, most local tuktuk drivers also know where it is). 300RS entry and we used a local guide to tell us the history of the statues and carvings - the tallest Buddha image remaining in the country and a well looked after area. The space is taken care of by a family who have been doing so for 3 generations, very knowledgeable and well worth utilising their guidance (we tipped 300RS and had one of the family for half an hour give us the full history of the images, the area, and even the animals that lives nearby!)

One of best ancient rock carvings at peaceful countryside
Dushan83 [TA], , Kandy, null, Sri Lanka

There are 07 great ancient figures carved on a massive rock with 51 foot Buddha's image. Very peaceful countryside with nice lake can be experienced while you are driving along the road to the temple. If you are passing Wellawaya area do not miss this site in Uva province, Sri Lanka.

Worth visiting if you like the nature and historical value
Bandu N [TA], , DC

Sure that there is nothing much to see but this temple also shows the ancient carvings and sculpture with precision when mankind did not have sophisticated technology like today. A very good place to be relaxed. Wild elephants can be around but should be safe during daytime to visit.

Well worth stopping off
Risottoru... [TA], ,

These are ancient rock carvings of Buddha figures in a peaceful and natural setting, a few kilometres up a rough road which passes through some stunning natural scenery where we saw kingfishers and water monitor. Not at all commercialised and so much the nicer for it - we are glad we went.

Impressive Rock Carvings
peterh125 [TA], , Rugeley, United Kingdom

Access to the site is by a long unmade road - the journey is well worth it as the scenery, flora, birds and the wildlife in the ponds around the area are as much an attraction as the temple itself

I thought the rock carvings have survived in remarkable condition bearing in mind their age

Definitely worth a detour to visit if in this part of Sri Lanka

NikolayG [TA], , Moscow, Russia

When I first saw a picture of these carvings in Kandy Buddhism Museum, I took a note that I want to visit Buduruwagala Temple. And after I did visit it, I wasn't disappointed. The carvings are huge and really impressive. Even though it's just a group of seven figures, they gave me a better feeling of something ancient and great, as Anadhaputra, and only slightly less so than Polonnaruwa. Look around for dragonflies and lizards if you like nature, and find lots of photo opportunities by the lakes on the way to/from the site.

1000 years old
Phantphan... [TA], , Seattle, Washington

Amazing remnant from a thousand years ago. Worth the 300 rupees per person. No need for a guide though one will ask you when you buy your ticket.

Marvel of sculpturing
Priyantha... [TA], , Panadura, Sri Lanka

05km's away from Wellavaya-Tissa main road. On the way to the site you will be passing one of the best sceneries of Sri lanka. Paddy cultivation, Lake and dam, Natural jungle etc. From the car park 05 minnnutes walk to the site. It's not advisable to visit during raining period. Road getting muddy and water level of the lake will comes to spil level. Statues are cut from the natural rock and nobody knows exactly when it done. Normal belief is 10th Century. Related to Mahayaana Buddhism.

The hidden statues
poul49 [TA], , Aarhus, Denmark

Buduruwagala is absolutely worth to see.
7 Buddhish statues from the 10th century hidden away from the normal tourist route.
Our driver recommended this and it is fantastic.
The guide at the entrance is very well knowing and very proud of this historic site - which is to understand. We are all alone in a fantastic scenery with white butterflies and a nice walk to this temple. Presently no tourist crowds which is also nice an peaceful in a historic place.

Definitely a Place to Visit
Indunil W [TA], ,

Buduruwagala is a historic place of interest, lying 3-4 kilometers from the main A2 road that leads to Wellawaya. Accessing this place is pretty easy either using public or own transport. The narrow road that leads up there from the main road may be difficult to motor during rainy seasons (my experience was a few months back; may be the road is in better shape now).

The main attraction of the site are the Buddha statues carved into a solid rock. Those carvings are nearly 1000 or more years older according to the findings. There a several statues facing different directions. The site is calm and peaceful which encourages visitors to stay there longer. If you are traveling around Wellawaya and have some time to spare, this is a place to visit.

Peaceful, overlooked gem
Kevin F [TA], , Nottingham, United Kingdom

I can only assume it is the relative remoteness of this place and the lack of publicity that prevents it being more popular. I only asked to go there because I saw a photo of the site at Rawana Falls. The road to the site is narrow, twisty and absolutely fascinating going past fields and lakes. There is a nominal entrance fee by a car park area. From there it is a short walk through trees to the temple site.
It is basically a rock face surrounded by trees; the face itself has a series of huge, carved images of Buddha in relief. I understand one is the largest such on Sri Lanka being 16m tall. The exact interpretation of them is not fully understood but some are believed to be of future Buddhas.
In any event they are simply beautiful and in such a peaceful setting far different in atmosphere to the more famous and busy sites elsewhere. It is well worth spending some time to get here and look around.

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