Matara Big Buddha

Matara Big Buddha

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

Tourist reviews about Matara Big Buddha

Asian treat
Judy_Lucy... [TA], , Alliston, Canada

The temple is wonderful , it is full of art and beautiful designs only seen in Asia. The grounds are well kept and give you a sense of peace.

Nuno1800 [TA], , Lisbon

Please, do not go without visiting this unique place. Take a guided tour and you'll be closer to the local community and real people. Amazing place!!!

nice temple
july f [TA], , Oslo, Norway

it is a nice temple but nothing special except to see some countryside it is possible to go by tuktuk from matara

Definitely worth a visit just for the torture room
George L [TA], ,

Wow. I mean wow. Like what. The. F. This place makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. From the weird room with the non believers being tortured to the stairway up to the top of the 50m high Buddha containing a comic strip of his life this is definitely a place that if you are heading down to mirissa or tallala then worth popping into. Entry is 200r per person and remember to take your shoes as it is still a place of worship. There are additional donation points in each of the rooms but if you are quiet you can normally sneak past the curators as they sleep in the heat. Tee hee.

A nice place to visit
Namal K [TA], , Devinuwara, null, Sri Lanka

A nice place to visit. If you're a buddhist or non budhist don't forget to see some cultural things in Weherahena temple.

Big buddha
jongNL [TA], ,

You can reach this buddhist temple easily from matara. Ask a tuc-tuc driver there, its about 10 minutes outside the town. On arrival you need to take off your shoes/slippers. When you return you need to tip the man at the shoe corridor. The temple itself is interesting. The buddha is huge and colourfull (39 meters). A man approached us at the temple and told us that we needed a ticket as foreign visitors. He wasnt wearing a batch or any sign that he was an employee at the temple. This was a bit strange. We sorted this out and he actually worked there. We needed to pay 200Rp per person. Inside the temple you can see pictures depicting scenes of the life of buddha.

Very beautiful place
shirajmor... [TA], , Sri Lanka

Really nice to see Buddha statue and the wall paining which hundreds of years old. you can climb top of the statue with the stair case.

Beautiful temple
HarshaM12... [TA], , Matara, Sri Lanka

A must visit place in Matara. this temple is most famous for its underground tunnel with its walls covered in paintings. the large statue of buddha is also an attraction. you may want to stay away from this place on full moon days, as the place will be overcrowded with worshppers.

Beautiful place.
Barbara M [TA], , Stafford, United Kingdom

As you walk across the suspension bridge you enter a peaceful haven. The views along the coast from here are wonderful. It'swell worth the effort to take a stroll around here.

debbyian [TA], , Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom

what a place you enter through underground passages and then exit at the side of a 39m Buddha and all for a donation of your choice, for us it was a must see in this area

Popular among local Buddhists
Prasanna... [TA], , Panadura, Sri Lanka

Popular among local Buddhists ,temple is famous for its huge Buddha statue and wall painting in the Tunnel like lay out underneath the cavity of the statue.

Really good tourist attractions
loubees1 [TA], , London, United Kingdom

Beautiful temple. The guide was very knowledgeable and patient while we took photos. The big buddha is amazing!

Underground temple
460kismet [TA], , Galle, Sri Lanka

Lot of things to see. we can learn about Buddhism also.15min drive away from matara city. Don't miss it. Interesting temple I have seen in sri lanka

a stop off on the way to yala.
Lewis W [TA], , Cardiff, United Kingdom

we stopped off here on the way to a yala safari,at the suggestion of our guide,it was interesting to wander round the underground corridors and look at a selection of the storylines painted in the wall panels, have visited many temples in thailand,and thought this is going to be a waste of time,but it was worth a walk round just to see so many so many paintings that have been done over the years the guide was saying parts of this date back to the 17th century as a lot of temples etc,were destroyed by the portuguese who then built churches on the site of the temples. Outside is the 39mt Buddha and other statues, which did not really compare to the temples of thailand,and unlike thailand no proper donation boxes that we noticed.

If you are a Buddhist this is a must see, if you are not it's worth the Visit
Ashy D [TA], , Colombo, Sri Lanka

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
djuiceman [TA], , Киев, Украина

.Very beautiful place.... churches in the caves.... Buddha statues...images of the Buddhas disciples etc etc........ DO NOT give donations to nobody!!

Nice pand peaceful
Maria M [TA], , Paris, France

This is a nice place with a huge Buddha statue in it....

truly amazing place especially if you like to photograph ancient buddhist sculptures and incredibly old paintings of the
pugsleyBy... [TA], , byron bay

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.

Just a gigantic Buddha Statue!

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.

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