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5 Facts about Kalutara Bodhiya - A little guide for the religious area

Anybody who travels to Kalutara of will definitely visit this place and here are some of the things you might want to know about it before you head there.


The history of the temple

Kalutara is known to be a historically significant place in Sri Lanka as it is one of the many places at which the sacred sapling of the Sri Maha Bodhi-tree was planted. According to historians the tree in this place is still intact despite a lot of trouble that happened during the many years in the area when foreigners invaded the country. Records even state that during the 16th century when the Portuguese were ruling the country they made it into a Fort for themselves but the tree was never harmed. Most hotels in Kalutara suggest you visit this place if you ever ask them for options, especially properties the likes of Anantara Kalutara Resort.


The significance of the temple

Located right next to the Kalu river this temple is one of the most important and iconic destinations for all Buddhists in this part of the world, and especially for the ones living in Sri Lanka. Throughout the year many devotees from all over the island as well as from the neighbouring countries visit the place, especially during the festivals that important to Buddhists.


Recent developments of the temple

Accessing this temple has never been easier as it is now easily gotten to right from the Colombo-Galle road. Located about 40 to 50 kilometres away from the city of Colombo you can get to the place by train, bus or even a private vehicle. Being such a significant part of the Buddhist people's iconic religious sites in Sri Lanka this temple is certainly very well maintained.


When to go

If you are on our holiday in the country-and happen to be in this area during the full moon this Would-be the perfect time to visit as full moons are considered religious days for the Sri Lankans and it is a national holiday every single month! On this day every month the temples are full of the devotees and priests who follow the rituals that have been carried down for generations in the Buddhist culture.


How to dress when you go to the temple

As always when you are visiting a religious place or a place that is considered holy by the locals in any country it is best to dress conservatively and follow the local customs and culture. While you at the temple make sure you follow what the others do and almost every religious place in the country does not let you wear your footwear inside and you will have to leave it right by the door or at the stand that is there specifically for footwear. Also, make sure you wear clothing that covers your knees and your shoulders and does not expose much. Ripped jeans and short skirts are a huge no-no when you are visiting religious places in Sri Lanka.