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Aluvihare is a town in the Central Province of Sri Lanka.

The origins of the town go back a long time. It was founded by King Devanampiyatissa, around 300 B.C. Back then it wasn't called Aluvihare yet. Later the Aluvihare family found its roots in the town, being a very important family for looking after the Aluvihare Rock Temple and thus serving the Buddhist community in Sri Lanka.

Today the town of Aluvihare is a popular attraction to both tourists and Buddhists wanting to visit the Aluvihare Rock Temple.

Coordinates: 7°30′N 80°37′E / 7.500°N 80.617°E / 7.500; 80.617