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Embekke Devalaya

Embekka Village | Three Kilometers from the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Handessa 20480, Sri Lanka
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“wood carvings” (21 reviews)
“nice wood” (3 reviews)
“entrance fee” (7 reviews)
Embekka Village | Three Kilometers from the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Handessa 20480, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed March 9, 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...More

Thank AndreaPO4675WH
Reviewed February 2, 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...More

Thank profjoypc
Reviewed February 16, 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...More

4  Thank Veepy5
Reviewed February 7, 2014

Located at Embekke village of Udunuwara in Kandy, this rustic temple is a must visit for you if you are a history buff or a fan of architectural design. UNESCO has identified the wood carvings on the pillars as the finest to be found in...More

1  Thank DiyanaArtemis
Reviewed January 27, 2014

If you love history, and you like architecture, a MUST visit if you are in Kandy. This famous structure has wood carvings to die for. Extremely small in size though it may be, it is a great example of Sri Lankan wood carving tradition, and...More

1  Thank Vidusha N
Reviewed January 14, 2014

These temples are a must see for all travellers to Kandy. Best to see all three by tuktuk. Shoulders and legs to be covered.

1  Thank cezanne s
Reviewed December 15, 2013

as you enter, you feel peace and calm. Wooden temple preserved. Small but absolute wonder. The pillars made out of wood was carved so well. Mind bogglng to see something from 14th/15th century

Thank rgunendran
Reviewed November 11, 2013

A must visit temple in Kandy which has some amazing wood carving dating back several centuries. The drumming ceremony is also quite ritualistic and well worth a visit.

Thank Tina G
Reviewed October 29, 2013

Embekke Devale shrine is located in the village of Embekke, about eight miles from Kandy. Embekke Devale-Carpentry The roof of the shrine is of great significance. The roof, without a central beam, holds together 26 rafters of the roof by means of a giant wooden...More

1  Thank sen1947
Reviewed October 7, 2013

The Three Temples route encompasses separate ones made of stone, brick and wood respectively. This is the wooden one and is notable for the high quality of its carvings. Each column is different with smallish panels showing fantastical beasts and flowers. Somewhat reminiscent of some...More

Thank SueKot
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