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Address: Embekka Village | Three Kilometers from the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Handessa, Sri Lanka
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The third temple in the southwest outskirts

This is probably the best, for the ancient wood carvings and the very original barn.You pay your entry fee (150 rupees) and enjoy! At the end of the visit you can buy fruit and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 February 2016
Turin, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

The carved wooden columns - so many of them and very ancient - as you approach the Temple are extraordinary in their workmanship and detail. Animals, florals, all rendered in exquisite details. Worth the long drive! Lots of gift shops in town!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016

This is a very old place Beautiful wood carvings were simply amazing. The construction of the place was well planned and structured. This is something really unique.

Thank Sumith G
Turin, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

This is probably the best, for the ancient wood carvings and the very original barn.You pay your entry fee (150 rupees) and enjoy! At the end of the visit you can buy fruit and souvenirs in the local shops.

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Fremantle, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016 via mobile

Maybe because this was the last of the three temples we visited outside of Kandy, we were feeling slightly over it all. This is the smallest of the temple complexes that we visited that day. The entrance fee is Rs300 per person. As soon as you enter one of the old men at the entrance will try & latch onto... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2015

Gorgeous little temple, circa 14th century. We were the only visitors at the time. Much quieter than the Temple of the tooth and definitely worth the visit!

Thank Hollie D
Bengaluru, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2015

14th century temple dedicated to Katharagama or Muruga ( as known in India). Temple has very nice wood carvings on the pillars. Not a lot to see, but a nice place. Fee of LKR 300 to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2015

We visited the TheEmbekka Devalaya together with the Lankatelaka and the Gardeladeniya temples as an excursion from Kandy. The Embekka Devalaya is dedicated to the worship of Mahasen, popularly known as Katharagama Deviyo, and a local deity called Devatha Bandara. The shrine consists of three sections, the Sanctum of Garagha, the 'Digge' or 'Dancing Hall' and the 'Hevisi Mandapaya' or... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2015

The temple is very old dating to the 14th century. It is worth a visit, however, the entrance fee is 300 rupees, which is not much, but when you take into consideration that you pay 300 rupees for each of the three temples that are located closeby (Gadaladeniya and Lankatilake temples), the trip is getting expensive. Moreover, four or five... More 

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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2015

The Embekke Devalaya is absolutely fascinating as it is so very different from other Temples in the area. It was constructed in the fourteenth century and is famous for its ornate wood carvings which adorn the walls. The main hall is outstandingly interesting for its carvings and pillars and roof structure. The Temple is quite small so can be visited... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

Located near Peradeniya, Embekke Devalaya is said to have been built in the 14th-15th century AD. Though originally built as a Audience hall for the Gampola kings, it was later converted into a temple attributed to the Hindu warrior god Kataragama(known more commonly as Lord Muruga). Quite a small complex, the place can be covered in under an hour. The... More 

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