Rasvehera is a typical Sri Lankan forest monastery from the Anuradhapura period. It is a secluded monastery even today, but became a kind of education centre for the surrounding villages, offering Buddhist Sunday school classes for childrenr. Rasvehera is known for a giant rock-cut Buddha, often called Sasseruwa-Buddha, which is of almost the same size and similar to the famous Aukana-Buddha in 12 km distance, probably from the ninth or tenth century, though legend has it connected with King Dathusena in the 5th century. Two cave temples with Kandy-style paintings similar to Dambulla, but on smaller scale, are further attractions. The area is frequented by wild elephants and became a wildlife conservation area, too. Rasvehera is a perfect destination for nature lovers in the heritage zone called Cultural Triangle.
Sinharaja rain forest
Kanneliya small rain forest
Pinnawela elephant orphanage
Dry zone south
Yala NP camping-safari
Bundala NP bird watching
Kumana NP birds and wildlife
Okanda village life and beach
Rufus Kulam remote lake
Lahugala NP with heritage site
Gal Oya NP lakeside wildlife
Udawalawe NP wild elephants
Ussangoda serpentine rock
Dry zone north
Minneriya NP elephant gathering
Kaudulla NP elephant gathering
Habarana oxcart excursions
Nelumpure authentic village life
Mihintale ancient sanctuary
Namal Uyana ironwood sanctuary
Rasvehera monastery and wildlife
Tabbowe lake near Wilpattu NP
Horton Plains trekking hotspot
Bambarakanda 240 m waterfall
Adam's Peak pilgrim mountain
Hakgala Botanical Garden
Kitulgala white water and birds
Peradeniya Botanical Garden
Meemure village life and trekking
Knuckles Range trekking highlight
Randenigala NP alternative camp
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The sanctuary of Rasvehera is an interesting alternative for a longer stay in the cultural triangle area. This rarely visited monastery with its typical ancient temples - a combination of decorated rock shelters, stupa building and irrigation lake - is a truly recommendable cultural attraction in itself. The huge rock-cut Buddha sculpture almost equals the size, though not the quality, of the nearby famous Aukana Buddha. But because of its seclusion and location higher above ground level, the Sasseruwa Buddha of Rasvehera often leaves an even more lasting impression than the Aukana Buddha.
The monastery provides five Spartan rooms for guests, the rates are reasonable. However, powercuts are common in this remote area, so torches would be essential for a holiday stay here.
Rasvehera is a conservation area, too, it is regularly visited by wild elephants. They can easily be observed here. It is for the protection of wild elephants in particular that the surroundings of the religious sanctuary became a wildlife sanctuary. As it is no national park, the usual high fees of the Wildlife Department will not be charged here.
Rasvehera is not as centrally located in the cultural triangle as, for example, Nelumpure. Nevertheless most cutural triangle sights can be reached on one-day excursions.
Rasvehera additionally is a good starting point for visits of less famous, but very interesting and scenic archaeological sites in the Kurunegala District: Yapahuwa, Arankale, Hatthikucchi. In particular, the Bodhighara of Nillakgama and the iron tree forest sanctuary of Namal Uyana are close-by.
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