Aukana Standing Buddha,
Sri Lanka, Cultural Triangle
Info : Aukana Standing Buddha
The 12 m high standing Buddha at Aukana is the subject of legends. Apparently sculpted during the reign of Dhatusena in the 5th century, the statues pose, ashiva mudra, signifies blessings, whilst the burst of flames above its head represents the power of total enlightenment.
The statues name translates as sun-eating and dawn, and when the first rays of the day light up the huge statues finely carved features the sight is quite phenomenal.
Today, the statue is visited by pilgrims from all parts of the country. Make sure you get here early in order to see the statue glow with the rising sun.
Popular Holiday Itineraries including Aukana Standing Buddha
You can book this experience on its own, with flights or as part of an Experience Travel Holiday Itinerary.
Here are some of our popular holiday tours or we can create bespoke itineraries specifically tailored to you...
Essential Sri Lanka - Value
A great value way to experience Sri Lanka’s highlights and hidden gems. Discover wildlife, nature, ancient sites and beaches whilst staying in small, unique hotels.
Family Adventure Sri Lanka
An action packed family trip perfect for adventurous families with teenage children.
Highlights & Beyond
3 week tour taking in Sri Lanka's main highlights whilst staying in eco-retreats, luxury hotels and cottages.
Luxury Sri Lanka
The relaxed pace allows you to enjoy the wonderful sights of Sri Lanka in the best hotels.
Luxury Sri Lanka - Sheer Indulgence
Relaxed 16 day tour encompassing the best of Sri Lanka, with some of the finest hotels in Asia.
Relaxed Sri Lanka Family Holiday
Discover Sri Lanka's natural beauty and enjoy family-time away from the tourist trail. Unique accommodation and experiences tailored to your pace.
Sri Lanka's Natural Wealth
Discover Sri Lanka's spectacular and diverse nature, landscapes and wildlife with unique, tucked away places to stay.
Being the only guests in several locations, and one of only a couple in others, we stayed in the best rooms and enjoyed lots of little surprises along the way.