Galapatha Rajamaha Viharaya

The Galapatha Rajamaha Viharaya is a unique Buddhist temple that sits on the banks of the Benthara River, a few kilometres from Bentota. Elements of the temple date back to the 12th century though it was destroyed by the Dutch some 400 years later. Rebuilt by loyal worshippers, the temple is famous for its elaborate Kandyan-era carved pillars, as well as statues and murals including a 25-foot reclining Buddha statue.

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