Ras Vehera (Sesuruwa) Buddha Statue

Temple | Historical Place

Ras Vehera (Sesuruwa) Buddha Statue

Sasseruwa (RasVehera) Buddha statue is a monumental shrine in Halgamuwa village of Kurunegala district, Sri lanka. Ras vehera famed due to the monastery complex, giant Buddha statue carved on a rock and several rock caves. At the same time ruined dagobas, moonstones and stone inscriptions which dates back to the 2nd century B.C are found.

To reach the 13 meter height Buddha statue you have to climb about three hundred steps upwards from the vihara steadily. The Bo tree placed in the temple terrace is one of the 32 saplings of jaya Sri maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura and was planted by King Devanampiya tissa (250-210 B.C). It is said that the whole temple surrounding got lit by colorful rays of light when the sacred tree was planted.

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Arankele Forest Monastery

Temple | Monastery | Historical Place

Arankele Forest Monastery

Arankele forest monastery is usually attracted by both local and foreign tourists. It is the most appropriate place for the travelers whom are coming to sri lanka purposely to visit peaceful and quietude sites. You will be completely refreshed and relaxed with the first visit to the Arankele forest hermitage.

It is listed as one of the premier forest hermitages in Sri lanka. The hermitage is located in Ganewatte of kurunegala district, Sri lanka. The name Arankele exaggerates about a hermitage where Arahants resided. It is witnessed that famous Buddhist monk, Arahat Malyadeva thero was accommodated here. Even today about 18 bhikkus are practicing old and new meditation methods in the hermitage. The hermitage was supposed to be built around 8th century.

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Elephant Rock - Athugala

Temple | Historical Place

Elephant Rock - Athugala

Hence forward the travelers are consented to discover the natural beauty and diverse regarding the cultural heritage of Kurunegala, which was once concerned as a royal capital of Sri lanka. The 'Ethugala rock' or the 'Elephant roc' amidst in the Kurunegala town is a unique feature. While the rock is about 325 m in height, you will have to travel about 2 km to reach the top of the rock. Otherwise you can take the main road adjacent from the top to the bottom or the natural pathway. Certainly the entire area is an eco tourism destination with adventure based activities.

Meanwhile a mythical legend says that once the city of Kurunegala was bordered with a severe drought.

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