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Address: Kandy, Sri Lanka

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Part of the three temples loop

We visited this 14thC temple together with the Lankatilaka and the Embekke Devale as an excursion from Kandy. The main shrine room has a large seated golden Buddha statue. There... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We visited this 14thC temple together with the Lankatilaka and the Embekke Devale as an excursion from Kandy. The main shrine room has a large seated golden Buddha statue. There is a devalaya, dedicated to god Vishnu located next to the shrine room. The whole temple has many features of south Indian style architecture. At the time of our visit,... More 

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Magog, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The attraction of visiting this place is its age. But understand that isn't that much to see. At the same time there is hardly anybody. If you did not have a temple indigestion and it is on your way then it is worth visiting. Entry fee is 300 rupees.

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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We recommend a visit to this Temple which makes a contrast to the much larger Lankatilika Temple in the same region. It is accessible in a tuk tuk from Kandy town. The building complex is located on a hill top which affords very nice views. The Temple was constructed in the fourteenth century by King Wickramabahu. One can enjoy the... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This is a very small temple and not really interesting. The setting is nice, but the temple itself is nothing special. OK, it's (very) old. Normally these kind of temples are free of charge, but they charge you 300 Rps per person without giving any information. I understand that you need some funding for maintanance, but normally this money is... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Built during the early Kandy Kindom Kings, Gadaladeniya is a temple built with Stone. The temple building shows Hindu architecture, while the buddha statue is created as "Pallawa" tradition. The buddha statue had been plated with Gold, but it has been decayed. You could see glazed ceramic tiles laid inside the temple which are hundreds of year old.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

One of the key places to visit while anyone passing through Kandy, but sadly the money money money is the slogan. As a Sri Lankan I get disgusted when locals and foreigners have to pay a different fee to visit these Buddhist religious places.

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Lagos, Nigeria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Interesting to go to see one of the smaller temples. No need to worry about the crowds here - there weren't any. The artistry is fantastic and the colours amazing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

outside kandy lies this beautiful temple. Although not as important as the temple of the tooth, this place has been once as important in the 14th century. worth the visit if you like to go far and beyond the normal tourist attractions

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maine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I would recommend visiting the three temples described here rather than any one. Each temple has a different atmosphere and design. After a drive of about 30 minutes outside of Kandy, nestled in the hills lie three beautiful, yet different temples built in the late 1500s by King Buwanekabahu IV (1341 to 1351) and his successors. The three temples, Gadaladeniya... More 

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India
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Out of the three Lonely Planet recommended temples this is the worst. 2 years on it still has scaffolding and corrigated iron covering most of the outside. With an entrance fee of Rs 300 we did't even bother going in. There are plenty of other temples around that are just as good if not better.

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