Culture, heritage, architecture, history and artistry are only a few words that come into mind when thinking of Sri Lanka’s beautiful temples. A land richly endowed with natural beauty and enhanced by man with intricate and artistic constructions spread throughout the island. Temples in Sri Lanka are a classic example of such man-made additions. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural and religious heritage of Sri Lanka by taking a Sri Lanka Heritage Tour and make sure you don’t miss these sites;
1. The epitome of artistry and scenery; The Pidurangala Royal Cave Temple
An eclectic mix of breathtaking scenery and intricate artistry, the Pidurangala Royal Cave Temple is an ancient temple that has withstood the lengthy test of time. Refurbished by King Kashyapa to compensate for requesting the Bhikkhus to move out of Sigiriya, where they used to meditate. Just a five-minute scramble to the summit of the rock and your reward awaits you! From age old Buddha Statues, awe inspiring views to ancient rock inscriptions, this Cave Temple is a definite must-see.
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2. The epicenter of Buddhism in Sri Lanka; The Mihintale Temple
The Mihintale Temple is one which homes many timeless tales and fascinating fables from the times of King Devanampiyatissa. It is at this temple that the inauguration of Buddhism in Sri Lanka is said to have taken place. If you’re planning your Sri Lanka Pilgrimage, the Mihintale Temple should be on the top of your list. However, no matter what your faith is, the beautiful shrines, stupas (dagobas), rock caves enhanced by the wondrous setting, make Mihintale Temple unforgettable. To make your stay plush and luxurious book Cinnamon Lodge Habarana or Habarana Village by Cinnamon and we will guide you on your day trip to this site with top notch service and comfort.
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3. A sea of colours; The Thirukketeeswaram Kovil
This Kovil is known to have been in existence for the past 1400 years. The Gopuram of the Thiruketeeswaram Kovil is indeed a sea of colours with the various statues and colourful artefacts that adorn it. It is one of the most sacred places of worship for Hindu devotees and is one of five Ishwarams dedicated to the Hindu God, Shiva. If you’re on look out of for multi-cultural historical places in Sri Lanka, here’s another you must catch a glimpse of.
4. The wooden mystery; The Embekke Devale
Famed for the intricate and elaborate wood carvings, pillars and other structures, Embekke Devalaya is nestled within the hill capital of Sri Lanka. During your stay at Cinnamon Citadel Kandy, you can make a quick visit to this mystical temple and uncover the revelations of its carvings. Built in 1371 AD, the enticing wood carvings are fantastically preserved and its intrinsic artistic details subsist to this date.
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5. The home of many legends; The Rumassala Temple
The Rumassala Temple is subject to many legends and tales, and even featured in the Ramayana as home to the beautiful Queen Sita. From the magnificent statue of Hanuman, the Japan Peace Pagoda to countless medicinal herbs that still grow in this area, Rumassala provides evidence for the folklore it boasts of. Stroll around to experience some of the best views of the Galle bay, its turquoise ocean and the calm greenery of Rumassala mountain.
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6. The fortress of the Relic; The Temple of the Tooth
The Temple of the Tooth, homes and fortresses the most venerated dentistry of the Lord Buddha himself. It is one of the most sacred, historic and culturally important places in Sri Lanka. The scenic landscapes, the high walls and the majestic architecture of the temple will leave you awe-inspired. It is situated a few kilometers away from Cinnamon Citadel Kandy and it will be our pleasure to facilitate a perfectly curated experience of this sacred temple while you enjoy the luxuries and comforts on offer at our hotel.
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Here in Sri Lanka, religion, culture, history and heritage are entwined and interwoven to create a perfect mix of things to do and see for everyone. For the adventure-loving and thrill seekers, there’s most likely a reward at every mountain top or at the end of a hike route in the form of a beautiful Temple. If you prefer a more relaxed and laid back tour of Sri Lanka, do not fret; these temples can easily be experienced in comfort and luxury too!
Author: Shenella Fonseka