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Review of Kushta Raja Gala

Kushta Raja Gala
Reviewed 6 April 2018

It's a nice statue, well-preserved and the rock it's carved out of is huge and impressive. If you've never seen this style of carving (maybe you only came for the surfing) it's a must see. But if you've seen Indian or Sri Lankan carvings of this type before, it's not particularly special and not worth going out of your way. Free entry and there's no information at the site, just the usual notice telling you not to deface it.

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Reviewed 13 February 2018

This beautiful statue carved out of a rock is in a secluded place off the main roads at Weligama. Nobody knows for sure what the statue represents. Myths say that a foreign king arrived by ship and was cured of a disease and ordered that the statue be carved. Was it of the king, or his God or of the medicine man who cured him? Other theories say it is of an incarnation of the Buddha. Sadly, there is no information about the statue at the site.

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Reviewed 19 January 2018

This statue is fascinating from several points of view. It is a huge, larger than life size carving in rock which you will find just a few minutes walk from the centre of Weligama town. It is understood to be one of the best statues of the Mahayanist Buddhist tradition which are not common here - making it an unusual sight which will be of fascination to anyone interested in Buddhism and its various traditions in Asia. It is dedicated to a foreign King - Kushta - and is thus named Rock of the Kushta King. Legends tell of why the statue was carved which are worth researching in guide books so you will appreciate its history. It is thought to date from the 7th to 9th centuries and is definitely worth seeking out if you are in Weligama and interested in history, legend and the Buddhist faith.

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Reviewed 12 January 2018

This statue is a five minute walk from the beach in Weligama. It's an interesting statue, carved out of a boulder. I'm sure there are a lot of stories around this, but I didn't bother to find out.

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Reviewed 7 December 2017

Nestled just off of road B466 between Melissa and Akuressa you can find a pretty large batic factory

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