Ridi Viharaya or Silver Temple is a 2nd-century BCE Theravada Buddhist temple in the village of Ridigama.
"We were traveling to Matale, from Colombo and via Kurunegala, and my companion suggested a stop at Ridi Viharaya. This is one of the nicest and most interesting Buddhist temples I have ever seen. Beautifully located, it has the main Image House under a large overhang of rock, and dont miss the small, and charmingly named, Waraka Welandu Viharaya.
The Makara Thorana above the entrance to the Maha Viharaya is intricate and fine. I had just an hour i which to take some pictures, but I could have happily spent the rest of the day photographing the interior."
- Dominic Sansoni - photographer
Ridi Vihara means silver temple. It was built by King Dutugemunu on the site of a great silver ore deposit. That silver was used for the Ruwanwelisaya stupa in Anuradhapura, but the temple here is still quite a sight.
There is an upper and lower temple and the highlights are a 9m reclining Buddha as well as Dutch tiles and artwork depicting Christian themes as well. There is Hindu artwork as well, depicting Ravana from the Ramayana.
Look out for the Dutch tiles