Although Sasseruwa, also known as Raswehera or Rasvehera, is mentioned in many pocketguides, it’s still a less-frequented heritage site, due to its remote location far away from main roads. Sasseruwa is a remarkable site worth visiting for several reason. It’s both a cultural and natural attraction. The ancient monastery is part of a modern wildlife sanctuary. Elephants can often be observed in the protected area of Rasvehera. The archaeological site is a typical complex of cave temples with statues and paintings from the Kandyan period and one extraordinary attraction, one of Sri Lanka’s largest rock-carved Buddha statues. It is often called the twin brother of the nearby Aukana Buddha. Actually, the Sasseruwa Buddha somewhat different in style and not of such high artistic quality as the Aukana Buddha. But for travellers, it’s also the surrounding that matters. In contrast to the Aukana Buddha, which is surrounded by modern buildings, the Sasseruwa Buddha stands at a rock surface high above ground level and far away from any disturbing noises. Sasseruwa is one of the most rewarding destinations in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle indeed.
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