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Aukana Buddha Statue

The highest ancient Buddha statue in Sri Lanka is the 11.36m Aukana Buddha Statue. It rises tall amid all of Sri Lanka’s major masterpieces, both physically and metaphorically.

The statue’s tranquil look, clearly emphasizing the contour of the torso, and the delicately sculpted robe with crisp folds add a delicateness that could barely be fashioned out of a granite boulder.

The artist of this magnificently matched work of art is still unknown.

Another distinguishing aspect is that the statue stands alone, with only a short strip of rock from the boulder that supports it.

Additional information

Nearby Attractions

The most popular nearby attraction

  • Dambulla (40km)


Accommodation (within 10km)

  • Star Classified hotels- No
  • International Chain Hotels- No
  • Boutique Hotels- No
  • Resorts- No
  • Ayurvedic Hotels- No
  • Inns/Guest Houses- Yes
  • Hostels- No
  • Homestays- No
  • Eco Hotels- No

* You might still find preferred accommodation in nearby cities.


Distance from (estimate)

  • CMB Airport- 146km (travel time: 4hrs)
  • Colombo City- 178km (travel time: 4hrs 40min)
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress- 54km (travel time: 1hrs 30min)
  • Anuradhapura Ancient City- 58km (travel time: 1hrs 30min)
  • Polonnaruwa Ancient City- 92km (travel time: 2hrs)
  • Kandy City- 113km (travel time: 3hrs 20min)
  • Galle Dutch Fort- 275km (travel time: 5hrs 50min)

* The time and distance are only given to give you an idea. There are stopovers between the two locations. The cities listed above are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.

Best Time


  • February to October

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