Lankatilaka Temple, Kandy

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Perched on top of a rock, Lankatilaka Temple bursts with intense colors in massive murals and ceiling paintings, playful figures, and ornaments. The 1344 Buddhist temple sits on a natural stone foundation overlooking picturesque villages and rice paddies. Walk through this treasure of architecture and interior design, guided by an informed onsite curator. Barefoot indoor visits are mandatory, so bring socks during the summer heat. Nearby shops and markets give plenty of opportunities to purchase local crafts. Consider combining your visit with the other sites in the "three temple loop," of which this is the farthest. For Lankatilaka Temple and beyond, use our Kandy tour planner to get the most from your Kandy vacation.
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  • This is one of three temples located in the suburbs of Kandy to see and visit. I refer you to your favorite guides for the names of the other two temples.
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  • Take the bus to Kadugaanawa/Mawanella. Get down at the Lankathilaka junction close to Pilimatalawa. .the road on the left leads to three amazing places which is education for any Srilankan who studies...  more »
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  • One of the most sacred ancient temple situated in Kandy. The environment is calm and peaceful. a good place to study the historical paintings and architecture. A Stone tablet with historical importance is also can be seen.
  • Although I lived in Kandy for about 13 years during the 1960s and 1970s, I never had the opportunity to visit this unique temple which dates back to the 14 century AD. It was built during the Gampola Period, which was after the Kurunegala Period and before the Kandy Period. This is a unique temple in construction and has statues of Lord Buddha which I wasn't able to properly see because there was a ceremony going on inside. Neither was I able to go through the front as it is only opened at certain times. Like a lot of temples, it is built on a rock outcrop and offers wonderful views of the countryside.
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