Galapatha Raja Maha Viharaya is one of the most prominent sites of worship in the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. The regal temple sees large numbers of devotees throughout the year.
Galapatha Raja Maha Viharaya is believed to have been built in the 12th century AD, during the reign of King Parakramabahu the Great. A stone inscription found onsite attests to this fact. The ancient temple was destroyed by the Dutch when they invaded the island in the 16th century. The temple was rebuilt by the devotees. The present location houses the newly built temple.
A tooth relic of the third disciple of Buddha is enshrined in the temple, making it a revered site of worship among the Buddhists. The remarkable beauty of the stone carvings of the temple is breathtaking indeed. Elaborate carvings of ‘Nari latha’ adorn the pillars of the stone doorway. These stone carvings date back to the Kandyan era.
In the main temple building you will find a fascinating array of statues and murals of Buddha. The largest of them all is the statue of Buddha in reclining position, which has a length of 25 feet.
Near the entrance of the temple there is a large bell supported by two ancient rock pillars. This is one of the most notable aspects of the temple.
At the end of the tour you can make a donation to the monastery onsite if you like. The temple is open to all and the tours are free. It is prohibited to carry liquor and meat to the temple premises.
When you are travelling in the region with Green Holiday Centre, you will be able to visit this majestic temple with great ease. Be sure to come clad in decent clothes as it is a sacred site of worship.