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Maha Viharaya

This is one of the largest caves of statues in Sri Lanka, which is more than 100 feet high. There is a drip-lined cave with three statues inside and a medium sized stupa that can be seen from the outside. Once you enter the temple, the first sacred structure to be found is the Maha Viharaya

Uda Viharaya

Near the entrance to the upper temple there are beautiful wingstones and a secured moonstone. In the Uda Viharaya there is a magnificent dragon pandal which is unique to the Ridee Viharaya and a kind of artifact is not found in any other temple in Sri Lanka.

Waraka Velandu Viharaya

It is believed that during the Anuradhapura period, a group of traders offered jackfruit to arahant Indraguptha and it is considered that this is the temple where jackfruit was partaken by the arahants. This cave temple has a stone pavilion attached to a small cave. The pillars of the pavilion are adorned with decorations found in Hindu temples, and the architectural features are also reminiscent of Hindu features. This is considered to be a 12th century creation and Buddha statues and paintings have been created inside during the Kandyan period.


It is possible to reach Pahangala in about 2 hours by walkingthrough the forest that has fallen near the Sarasungala stupa of the Ridee Viharaya.There are several legends about Pahangala and it is also considered to be a place where lamps were lit in surrender to the god Kumara Bandara during the construction of the Ridee Viharaya. From Pahangala you can see a breathtaking view of the mountains and the greenery including the Bathalagoda Lake. High biodiversity can be seen in the forest in the vicinity of Pahangala. 


The Serasumgala can be reached via stone steps at the right of the entrance to the Ridee Viharaya. Another series of stone steps leading to the stupa maluwa is on it. Ponds can also be seen on the rock that have been made for the benefit of forest monks. Numerous rock inscriptions erected by ancient kings can also be seen in the area.

Tusker Sindu

Tusker Sindu holds a special place of honor at Ridee Viharaya in Sri Lanka, embodying the temple’s reverence for tradition and spirituality. As a majestic tusker, Sindu plays a central role in religious processions and cultural festivities, carrying sacred relics and ceremonial ornaments with dignity and grace.

Drone View of Maha Viharaya & Uda Viharaya

A drone view of Ridee Viharaya in Sri Lanka offers a breathtaking perspective of its Maha Viharaya and Uda Viharaya, two integral components of the temple complex. From above, the Maha Viharaya, the main temple structure, stands as a testament to the architectural splendor of Sri Lankan Buddhism, with its intricate design and towering spires reaching towards the sky. Surrounding it, the Uda Viharaya, or upper temple, exudes a serene aura, nestled amidst lush greenery and offering a tranquil space for meditation and contemplation.

Activities for Tourists at Rideeviharaya

Breathtaking Scenery: Prepare to be enchanted by the natural splendor that surrounds Rideeviharaya. From verdant hills and lush forests to tranquil ponds and cascading waterfalls, the landscape is a symphony of colors and textures that invites visitors to immerse themselves in its serene beauty.

Arts & Culture: Dive into the vibrant tapestry of Sri Lankan arts and culture at Rideeviharaya. Explore traditional dance performances, marvel at intricately crafted handicrafts, and engage with local artisans as they share their stories and skills.

Culture Festivals: Experience the vibrancy of Sri Lanka’s culture firsthand with a variety of festivals and celebrations held throughout the year. From colorful processions to lively dance performances, these events offer a glimpse into the rich tapestry of traditions that define the island’s identity.

Souvenir Shop: Take home a piece of Sri Lanka with you from our souvenir shop. Discover an array of handcrafted treasures, from intricately carved woodwork to exquisite textiles and jewelry, each a testament to the craftsmanship and creativity of the island’s artisans.

Pottery Making Workshops: Unleash your creativity with pottery making workshops at Rideeviharaya. Learn the art of shaping clay into beautiful vessels and sculptures under the guidance of skilled instructors, and take home your own handcrafted masterpiece as a memento of your experience.

Free Accommodation & Meals: Enjoy the comforts of home with complimentary accommodation and meals during your stay at Rideeviharaya. Relax in our cozy lodgings and savor the flavors of authentic Sri Lankan cuisine, lovingly prepared using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Cave Tour: Embark on a journey through time with a guided tour of Rideeviharaya’s ancient caves. Marvel at the intricate rock formations and sacred relics that adorn these hallowed spaces, and uncover the spiritual significance that has drawn pilgrims and seekers for centuries.

Village Tour: Gain insight into rural life in Sri Lanka with a village tour that offers a glimpse into traditional customs and daily rituals. Engage with local communities, explore bustling markets, and sample regional delicacies as you discover the warmth and hospitality of village life.

Fish Feeding & Elephant Feeding: Connect with the natural world through activities that bring you closer to the wildlife of Sri Lanka. Delight in the simple pleasure of feeding fish in tranquil ponds, and experience the majesty of elephants up close as you participate in our elephant feeding program.

Site Plan of Rideeviharaya

The site plan of Ridee Viharaya in Sri Lanka is meticulously designed to harmonize with the natural landscape and accommodate the temple's various functions and facilities. The layout encompasses distinct areas, each serving a specific purpose within the temple complex. At its heart lies the Maha Viharaya, the main temple structure, surrounded by landscaped gardens and pathways that lead to the Uda Viharaya and other ancillary buildings. The site plan also includes spaces for communal gatherings, meditation, and rituals, providing devotees with opportunities for spiritual practice and reflection.