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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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  • On top of a rock which means climbing a LOT os stairs. However it is worth it. Local monk may be around to let you in for a "tour" Donation expected of course. Best to get a Tuk Tuk to get you here... 
    On top of a rock which means climbing a LOT os stairs. However it is worth it. Local monk may be around to let you in for a "tour" Donation expected of course. Best to get a Tuk Tuk to get you here...  more »
  • This Temple was build by king Buwanekabahu IV about 700 yeras ago on a rock. It lies on a facinating landscape near to the Kandy city. Cool place ti visit. This is a Buddhist temple located in... 
    This Temple was build by king Buwanekabahu IV about 700 yeras ago on a rock. It lies on a facinating landscape near to the Kandy city. Cool place ti visit. This is a Buddhist temple located in...  more »
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  • ☸☸☸☸☸ ----------- 💫Lankatilaka is Buddhist temple of the 14th century in the Hiyarapitiya village, from the Udu Nuwara area of Kandy district in Sri Lanka. This historical temple was built by the Gampola king, King Buwanekabahu the fourth (1341 – 1351AD), in 1344 AD. Gampola was a stronghold on the banks of Mahaveli River. * Architectural Facts 👇 The temple was designed by the South Indian architect Sthapati Rayar. According to the opinions of researchers; the temple combines the design elements of the Polonnaruwa era architecture with that of Dravidian (India) and Indo-Chinese design. At the time of construction the temple was a four storied edifice of eighty feet, built on uneven bedrock using a granite based foundation. The temple structure is such that it radiates from the centre in the four cardinal directions, like a cross. Only then ground floor and part of the first floor of the original temple can be seen today, though the temple appears to have three stories from the outside. The thick outer walls of the Temple have beautifully sculpted arches and various sculptures making it a unique design of the 14th century. 💫The temple premises have three sectors; the actual temple building, the Dagoba or stupa and finally the Bo tree 💫The Lankatilaka Temple is a beautiful cultural heritage of Sri Lanka that has to be visited on a holiday to the country. This temple along with the Embekke temple remains one of the most architecturally advanced structures of the Gampola  Kingdom era.
  • Lankathilaka Rajamaha Viharaya is a historic Buddhist temple located in Hapitigama, near Kandy in Sri Lanka. The temple is known for its impressive architecture and beautiful artwork, making it a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. The temple was built in the 14th century and features a unique fusion of Indian and Sinhalese architectural styles. Its towering brick walls and intricate carvings are a testament to the skill and craftsmanship of the ancient Sri Lankan builders. The temple's main hall, in particular, is a marvel of engineering and design, with a massive dome that rises over 50 feet high. The artwork within the temple is equally impressive, with vivid murals and frescoes that depict scenes from Buddhist mythology and Sri Lankan history. Visitors can also see a statue of the Buddha that dates back to the temple's construction, as well as several other ancient relics and artifacts. In addition to its architectural and artistic wonders, Lankathilaka Rajamaha Viharaya is surrounded by beautiful natural scenery. The temple is situated atop a hill, with stunning views of the surrounding countryside and mountains. Overall, Lankathilaka Rajamaha Viharaya is a fascinating and awe-inspiring destination for anyone interested in Sri Lanka's rich cultural heritage. Its unique architecture, beautiful artwork, and natural beauty make it a must-visit for tourists and locals alike.

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