Distance from Kandy – 1.5 km (7 minutes)
The Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue is situated on a hill named just 2 km from the Temple of the Tooth Relic. This beautifully sculptured white Buddha statue was built in 1972. Standing at 88 feet, it is considered as one of the biggest Buddha statues in Sri Lanka. There is a Buddhist temple located alongside the Buddha statue in the Bahirawa Kanda hill. The hill provides panoramic views of the Kandy city including the mountain range nearby and the Bogambara prison. Devotees can worship in the temple.
The Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue displays Lord Buddha seated in the Nirvana pose and can be viewed from the entire city of Kandy. The best time to climb up the hill for spectacular views of the Kandy city is at night when the entire city is lit up with lights.
Getting to Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue
From Kandy go on William Gopallawa Mawatha and turn to Lamagaraya Road. Go along the route up until you reach Sri Pushpadana Mawatha. Go up to Bahirawa Kanda Road and go about 750 meters along this road to find the Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue.