The iconic ‘Mountain Temple’ or Kande Vihara in Aluthgama with the 48 m/160 feet seated Buddha statue among the tallest in the world, is with a bell-shaped stupa, ancient sacred bo tree and image house with complex floral and creeper designs that date back over 300 years.

Moreover, take a closer look at the other legendary and magnificent vihara (temple) complex of Bentota which has been built by King Devanampiyatissa (250-210 BC). The 12th century Galapatha Raja Maha Vihare Buddhist temple is where Sacred Tooth Relic of the great Arhat Maha Kassyapa is enshrined (where three stupas were located) and the Wanawasa Rajamaha Viharaya (where arhats lived) contains stone inscriptions and carvings, pillars, ponds and troughs from the medieval period, its maze of tunnels leading to Buddhist statues and wonderful murals.