Roads leading amidst thick forest and beautiful landscapes with rocks and to the magical archeological site of Buduruwagala, in a patch of a tranquil dry-zone forest, dotted with rocky outcrops with birds & butterflies flying all over. On a massive rock, somewhat similar in shape of an elephant lying down, is a courtly group of seven figures carved in high relief: two bodhisattvas, each attended by two figures, stand on either side of a 16m high central Buddha figure.
Take your shoes off & climb up & get close to the great rock carved statues. The quality of the carvings is very impressive. Mahayana Buddhist influence is evident in the statues. In the tenth century, Mahayana Buddhism enjoyed a brief vogue in Lanka during the period.