Aluthapola Temple is located in close proximity to BI Airport & Negombo. King Walagamba, who was fleeing away from an invading South Indian army was rescued by the monastery at this place in 1st century BC. This is the first record of the existence of this Buddhist monastery at this place. Even though this temple reminds us of this 2,200 years old history, none of the old artifacts have been preserved sadly. Now there lays a ruin of Dutch observation point on the top of rock mountain. That observation point was built in 18th century. The modern Temple that you could see today was built in Kandian Era (1473 -1815).
Try to be there around 5 PM. At this time you have enough time to wonder around the Temple and see the eye-catching rituals of monks at 5.30. We have arranged you a personal Puja with a temple monk. After chanting in ancient Pali language he will wish you good fortune and bless you. You do not have to worry what the monk preaches because most of locals do not understand Pali.
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Terms and conditions
Booking : Book online, call us or drop us an email.
Price : The price may slightly go up or down at the time of booking.
Payment : Full payment is settled prior starting the tour/excursion.
Days of the tour or the hours of excursion : The tour or the excursion is completed within mentioned time.
Per hour vehicle detention fee : 3 USD - Tuk Tuk / 5 USD Standard car & van
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About this Temple visit
Best season : All year around
Available : Daily
Arranging time needed : 1 day
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Best time to start : 6 - 9 AM and 4 - 5 PM
Pick up point : BI Airport & Negombo area
Activity starting time : 4.30 PM
Tour finishing time : 6.30 PM
Whole touring hrs : 2.5
Restrictions : Do not touch corals please / Be a responsible and ethical snorkeler and diver / No flash photography of ancient paintings / Cover your knees and shoulders before enter any temple. / Do not leave plastics behind / Please do not feed wild animals.
Basic price includes : Pick up & drop off / Vehicle / Driver / Offering to the temple / Personal Puja / All Gov tax.
Child price : Aged 6 - 12 is considered a child / Aged 0 - 6 is free of charge.
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Optional : A well-spoken local animal expert / historian could be arranged with an additional fee.
You may bring : Water / Hat and sun glass / Sun cream / Camera