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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  • One morning, after visiting the temple of the sacred tooth, we decided to visit the temples located around Kandy. Outside the usual tourist circuits, quite remote and immersed in the jungle. It's a very impressive place. We also visited the crypts located below the small Hindu altar, a sanctuary (in the shrine) really unique: when we arrived it was closed, but ask one of the keepers if you can visit it. Admission 300 rupees (1.5 euros).
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  • Interesting temple in a nice place. At that time we were the only visitors and the monk had to be taken to open the Buddhist part. The special thing is that this temple has both a Buddhist and a Hindu part. We were fortunate to have someone with us who could translate the explanation of the manager of the Hindu part and thus convey the backgrounds of the temple and the meanings of the statues.
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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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