Embekke Devalaya
Embekke Devalaya
4.5
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Embekka Village Three Kilometers from the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Handessa 20480 Sri Lanka

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Lasith Imarshana
Ingiriya, Sri Lanka84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
Embekka dewalaya was built by king wikramabahu III. Embekka is
a place with excellent wood carvings.
It has amazing wood carvings. TheTampita building is also near the dewalaya.
Written 7 August 2022
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Lina
Paris, France8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Beautiful architecture and wood carvings . Must visit place in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Lanka thilaka temple is near by. Another kandy highlight .
Written 13 February 2020
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Ava Charlotte
Toronto, Canada7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Embekke is a amazing place with great architecture. I was wondering about creativity and skills of great people in Sri Lanka. I love this place. I do recommend and must visit place in Kandy, Sri Lanka
Written 30 July 2019
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Titus D
Sri Lanka6,908 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
This is a Dewalaya (hindu Temple).It is a heritage site too.
There are amazing wood carvings more than 500 years old.There are 150 different carvings which are unique on its own.Roof structure is supported by wooden columns with carvings found in them.
Turn right from Pilimatalawa if you travel from Colombo on the Kandy road and follow directions. It is Gampola area.
Written 28 April 2019
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SEs
London, UK25,921 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
This is a very old beautiful Buddhist and Hindu temple. The carvings are beautiful. Just out of town.
Written 7 August 2018
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jessemG8431AL
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
This place is a scenic tuk tuk ride out of Kandy and was one of three temples we looked at. It has amazing carved pillars and rafters. It’ll cost 300SLR pp.
Written 16 July 2018
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Nimitta
Manchester, UK595 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
This is a remote village devalya dedicated to the worship of the Sinhalese war god Kataragama. Split into three distinct areas, the digge, or drummers hall, is famous for the exquisite wood carvings throughout the roof and columns. A good guide would be worth it to give more religious, historical, and architectural background to Embekka and the other two Temples on the lovely three Temple loop. The countryside in this area and view of village life is also very much part of the loop.
Written 3 March 2018
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Guia Lanka
Kandy District, Sri Lanka30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
It's a one of the great wood carving temple in Sri Lanka build in 14 century in Gampola period. Very beautiful carving & interesting history. Little temple but it's a amazing site. must see in Kandy
Written 14 September 2017
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Harsha H
Melbourne, Australia31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Family
If you love to see the wood carvings this is a wonderful place to visit. Absolutely stunning wood carved pillars with hundreds of carvings different to each other although it looks the same. Spend at least 1 hour comparing one to another and also look at the roof's wooden structure how it's been done in ancient times with out a single nail, all rafters are fixed into one single wooden bolt. Marvellous engineering. This devala is dedicated to god Kataragama and is very very old.
Unfortunately the Archelogical department ot or who ever the authorities are not looking after nor preserving this structure. It is very sad any one can touch the wood carved pillars and the wooden roof is leaking on rainy days. If this goes on it is very sad to see all these ancient places will perish in time to come and there will be nothing for the future generations to see.
Written 27 May 2017
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Ashvin S
Pinner69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
Nice little temple a short distance from Kandy. Our driver was able to find it with google maps. An old man at entrance showed us around. Nice wood carvings on temple pillars. There was some religious ceremony taking place and we had to wait 15 minutes before we could see all parts of the temple . Worth a visit. Something different from the major heritage sites.
Written 20 February 2017
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