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Wonderful ancient site, well maintained new temple, interesting civil war story

This place has a lot of history. Over 2000 years old with statues that are still standing. The old... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2018
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Hidden temple complex from outside world

Velgam Vehera is an ancient Buddhist temple built by King Devanamiyatissa. The temple is situated... read more

Reviewed 20 March 2018
Tharindu K
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Vilgam Vihara Road, Trincomalee 31000, Sri Lanka
+94 26 3 266151
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Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

This place has a lot of history. Over 2000 years old with statues that are still standing. The old ruins are still partially in the jungle, not yet uncovered, not yet visible. The part that is visible is already large. The new temple has a...More

Thank Daan77
Reviewed 20 March 2018

Velgam Vehera is an ancient Buddhist temple built by King Devanamiyatissa. The temple is situated away from civilization in a forest. The area is very silent and forestry in the area gives a mystical and calm feeling for those who are near by. The temple...More

Thank Tharindu K
Reviewed 6 December 2017

This place has a beautiful setting of huge old trees and lawns, and the main feature is the remains of a centuries-old Buddhist temple. It was delightful to walk on the ancient stones, and to touch the original standing Buddha image, which was carved out...More

Thank Gin B
Reviewed 5 November 2017

There were lot of ancient ruins. Specially this is a good place if anyone interesting ancient archaeological. Historical informations are displayed in the temple. Roads are in good condition and you can find easily the place.

Thank Achintha U
Reviewed 14 August 2017

This spot is worth a visit to imagine the dedication of the local buddhists, and splendour of the past. The ruins of this temple seems to be decaying due to neglect.

Thank fjp4564
Reviewed 7 May 2017

this is a very old Buddhist temple that was also made into a Hindu temple when Indian invaders took control of that area many centuries ago. The guard stones seen there are unique with almost a flower vase type engravings-not seen this anywhere else in...More

Thank abey_12
Reviewed 26 January 2017

this had built by king Dewanampiyathissa. but doesnt know exactly who had made this. 9km away from trincomalee town. before 2008 this area was under LTTE. but now no any threat. you can travel free and very safely.

Thank Prasunmed
Reviewed 11 November 2016

This place was not in our tour plan, but we accidentally saw the archeological department sign boards and decide to visit, was a few km drive turning from Trinco Nilaveli road, but worth visiting. ruins of the ancient temple is on one side and newly...More

1  Thank dasunr4u
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is built by King Devanampiyatissa. There are lots of ruins remaining in the area. Ruined castle, statues available. This temple was attacked by LTTE terrorists, but the Nayaka Thero never left the temple and stay today. There is a photo taken by Nayaka Thero...More

Thank nilusha707
Reviewed 29 May 2016

5 Km ride in (road in very good condition) and saw ruins awesome jungle behind it stone inscriptions too. Jungle behind the ruins looks intact and impenetrable. Not much of crowd for worship and feels very peaceful out there.

Thank sajeevsri
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28 September 2017|
Response from fjp4564 | Reviewed this property |
There is no accommodation with the Temple premises. It is mostly a day visit from a nearby town