Historic & Religious Sites

There are 74 Buddhist temples in Walapane district secretariat. Apart from that there are also churches, Hindu Temples and muslim mosques.

Watarakgoda Pussadeva Temple

Watarakgoda Temple Watarakgoda Temple

Watarakgoda Pussadeva temple is situated in Walapane – Watarakgoda Road. From Walapane town take the road to reach Watarakgoda. The road starts closer to bus depot. The temple is named after the Pussadeva Thero. Pussadewa is one of the giants of great Sri Lankan King Dutugamunu. The King Dutugamunu had 10 of them. Later on Pussadeva became a Buddhist monk named as Pussadeva Thero. Pussadeva Thero lived in the place where the temple is located. Since then it became a temple and it was named as Watarakgoda Pussadeva Temple. There are few ruins of the old temple still can be seen.

Walapane Japanese Peace Pagoda

Walapane Japan Peace Pagoda Walapane Japan Peace Pagoda

Established in 1983. Located on a mountain. Peace Pagoda is close to the Kurundu Oya falls. There is a Japanese monk live in the temple who is been there since it was started. There are breath-taking views from the temple as well as surroundings. Local people call this Sama Chaithya.

A Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist Stupa; a monument created to inspire peace, designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds, and to help unite them in their search for world peace. Since World War II Japan has initiated a special peace pagoda project. These Japanese peace pagodas have been built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii (1885–1985), a Buddhist monk from Japan and founder of the Nipponzan-Myōhōji Buddhist Order. Fujii was greatly inspired by his meeting with Mahatma Gandhi in 1931 and decided to devote his life to promoting non-violence. In 1947, he began constructing Peace Pagodas as shrines to World peace.

Peace Pagodas were built as a symbol of peace in Japanese cities including Hiroshima and Nagasaki where the atomic bombs took the lives of over 150,000 people, almost all of whom were civilian, at the end of World War II. Thero Nichidatsu Fujhi travelled all around the world to make aware the people considering his message of peace and harmony. By 2000, eighty Peace Pagodas had been built around the world in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

There several peace pagoda’s were established in Sri Lanka. The Walapane Peace Pagoda (7.089642°N 80.861027°E), was built by Nichidatsu Fujhi monk, is located on Walapane, Central Provice of Sri Lanka. Felllow sister cities includes Ampara, Bandarawela, Galle and Sri Pada of Sri Lanka. Peace Pagoda is a enormous shrine, recently restored to become one of the most prominent landmarks in Walapane. In addition Peace pagoda is located on a top of a mountain providing adorable views of a mountain range to the visitors. With many opportunities for tourists whom are eager to cycling and walking among the sites, this is a quite relaxing getaway from the busy life patterns.

Lihiniyagala Cave Temple

Lihiniyagala Temple

Lihiniyagala temple located close proximity to the town of Walapane. The temple exist since the administrative period of Empror King Dutugamunu 161-131 BC. Unknown sources says the temple was used by “Theraputhabhaya” one of the giants of great Sri Lankan King Dutugamunu. The King Dutugamunu had 10 of them. According to Amazin Lanka this Cave Temple is about 46 metres in length, 3.7 metres in depth.The temple lies in a large cave, about 150 feet in length and 12 feet in depth. There historical paints covered in the inner walls of the cave. There is also a wooden door with cavings. Lihiniyagala temple arts and carvings decorated with Kandyan era paintings and architecture.

Keerthibandarapura Temple

Keerthi Bandara Devala is in Walapane Keerthibandarapura village close to Kandy Badulla  Raja Mawatha.

God Keerthi Bandara is commonly known as “Gale Bandara Deviyo”, many provisional gods in Sri Lanka are men who had died after great service to the nation. Grateful people who valued their services treat the dead as gods.

Ravana Sight

Ravana Site

During the emperor of Ravana Walapane used as an agricultural hub for the kingdom. There is a sight in Harasbedda village of Walapane used as King Ravana’s dairy farm. According to Ramayana “Nāga Gothra” a racial group lived in Ravana Era took the body of Ravana to the Walapane jungles. At Walapane jungles “Ragala” Nāga’s tried to save his life using herbs, failed to give him life. Afterwards his body mummified and kept in a mountain cave. The place is yet to discover as locals or visitors reluctant to visit the place due to inhabited deadly snakes.Streepura tunnel complex is most valuable and it may be along to Walapane, Dova temple and Ravana Ella area of Sri Lanka. No any researcher ever tried to identify the beauty and hidden story in this waterfall.

Rewatha Piriwena Ragala

Rewatha Piriwena Ragala Rewatha Piriwena Ragala

Rewatha Piriwena located in a beautiful mountain in Halgranoya, Ragala. Must visit place for relax your mind, meditate in a charming place. This pirivena was established in order to contribute educated Buddhist Bikkus for the Buddhism.