Kabella Lena Cave Temple at Wariyapola (වාරියපොල කැබල්ලෑ ලෙන රජ මහා විහාරය)

Kabella Lena Cave Temple lies on the Kurunegala – Putlum road closer to Wariyapola town. if you travel from Kurunegala, you will find the signboard pointing to the turn off about 300 meters before Variyapola Junction. Turn right from here and just after passing the 3rd km post you will come across this temple.

This temple was built during King Vattagamini Abaya (104 BC, 89-77 BC) popularly known as King Walagamba. The Len Viharaya (cave temple) is situated in the middle of the rocky mountain. After climbing the rock, the first thing you see is a beautiful natural pool but sadly not properly maintained. Then is the main Image House which is supposed to house one of the largest reclining Buddha statues in the country. Unfortunately, This was locked and the priest was not there.

Passing the Image House and the Bo Tree, a unique set of sculptures can be seen at a higher elevation of the rock. Using a natural cave, 8 figures have been sculptured depicting King Devanampiyathissa meeting the Great Mahinda Thero in 250 BC. These larger than life sculptures seem to be of recent origin.

Move towards the edge of the cliff, the view is stunning. The whole plane is covered with coconut trees and and the far end a breathtaking mountain range.

Walk a little further and you come to the main attraction of the temple. It is the Suniyam Devale which attracts most of the people to this site. The deity Suniyam (‘Suniym Deiyo’) is considered a powerful deity capable of placing curses on other people. ‘Kapurala’, the keeper of the Devale will carry out soothsaying on certain days.

Other names : Kebella Lena – Keballa Lena – Kebelle Lena – Keballa Lena

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Travel Directions to Kabella Lena Cave Temple

Route 1 from Colombo to Kabella Lena Route from Colombo to Kabella Lena
Though : Ambepussa – Kurunegala
Distance :125 km
Travel time : 3 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Chilaw (Halawatha)
Distance :145 km
Travel time : 3 hours
Driving directions : see on google map

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