Some of the most famous tourist attractions of Sri Lanka are its incredible Buddhist temples. The three most prominent of these sites that may be visited with Sri Lanka holiday packages are the Temple of the Tooth Relic, Dambulla Cave Temple and Kataragama Temple. Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Tooth Relic is located in the city of Kandy. The complex – approached via a drawbridge – has a staircase, leading up to the shrine. Inside, a golden statue of the deity sits on a throne, surrounded by smaller idols and long elephant tusks, while the tooth of Lord Buddha is kept in a case.
Dambulla Cave Temple
The Dambulla Cave Temple consists of five caverns, cut into a rock, which rises to a height of about 600 feet from the ground. Cave 1 has an approximately 47-feet high statue of Gautama Buddha, depicting his passing away; along with five more idols. Maha Raja Viharaya or cave number 2 has 53 statues, mostly depicting various hand gestures of the deity. When travellers come here during their luxury Sri Lanka holidays, they also see a stupa and wall paintings. Cave number 3 houses 50 idols of the deity underneath its richly-painted ceiling. Pashcima Viharaya or cave number 4 has 10 Buddha statues of similar make and equal size. The last cavern contains many statues of Buddha, showing him as lying down and resting.
Another incredible religious site to explore with Sri Lanka holiday packages is the temple complex of Kataragama. Most of the structures here are made of stone, except for the wooden shrine, dedicated to Vali. Maha Devale, the most important temple here, is dedicated to Lord Katikeya, and it has a large painting instead of an idol. Lord Vishnu, Lord Ganesha, Goddess Kali and many other deities are worshipped at the site. The complex also has a peepal or bodhi tree, grown from a sapling brought from Anuradhapura.
Touring these 3 incredible places during luxury Sri Lanka holidays will introduce travellers about the religious and spiritual aspect of the rich culture of this nation.