A trip to Sri Lanka isn’t really complete unless you visit a few temples, and luckily for you, we’ve pieced together a tour that includes some of the most beautiful and culturally significant places of worship in Southern Sri Lanka.
“Thousands of years of Buddhist heritage can be found in temples great and small that dot this small and devoutly spiritual island” – Lonely Planet
First on the list is Rumassala and the Japanese Peace Pagoda, which overlooks the city of Galle from its jungle-fringed cliff-top. This temple is famous for its large statue of Hanuman (definitely worth a Google search as the folklore of Hanuman is fascinating). If the walk through a steep trail and a patch of dense tropical forest isn’t pretty enough, the views from the top which span across the bay of Galle and over to the Fort will definitely call for a few “selfies”. Once you have ‘instagrammed’ a few portraits, a short walk will lead to you to another little temple, which houses a collection of statues of Lord Buddha depicting different stages of his life, along with many other statues of Kings, Queens and Hindu gods.
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