The Weherahena Temple situated close to Matara town in the southern part of Sri Lanka, is famous for its iconic 39 meters high Buddha Statue which sits in the samadhi or squatting position in front of the temple. A 600-foot tunnel is decorated all over with paintings and murals that describe the life of Buddha. The temple is a multi-story building with lots of Buddhist statues created in the modern era. The ancient nature of the place gives a calming and peaceful setting and an amazing view from the top. The short ride from Galle to the Weherahena Temple passes through a picturesque road to Matara where one can enjoy a long stretch of beach flanked by swaying coconut trees along the way.