Travelling to different parts of your own country or around the world is the past time of many! Many use travelling as a gateway for learning, exploration and adventure. On that note, Sri Lanka is an idolized destination among almost all the traveller due its uniqueness. Moreover, Negombo is a coastal city that none that visit Sri Lanka forget to add to their itinerary. When you’re visiting Negombo, Club Hotel dolphin is a beautiful beach hotel Negombo to consider for accommodation.
Negombo boasts of many touristic aspects and it is known in the vicinity as “Little Rome”. Negombo has earned this title as it is a coastal arena consisting of an immense crowd of Catholics. As a result, there are ancestral cathedrals to chapels beautifully constructed all over the city. However, there are few uncommon but fascinating religious places belonging to other religions such as Buddhism or Hinduism.
On that note, Angurukaramulla Temple is an epic religious place of visit. It is the largest Theravada Buddhist Temple in the city and it holds immense historical value. It doesn’t lie far away from the Negombo town. It is located in a predominantly Muslim area, little way down the Temple road.
The first impression of the Temple is truly enticing with large Buddha statue and the dragon entrance. You walk through the dragon’s mouth to enter the temple – the dragon is supposed to ward off evil spirits. The garish exterior décor of multicoloured tiles, pillars and arches above and around the massive seated Buddha are visible from the road, leading the visitor to expect more of the same.
Inside the temple are amazing murals, sculptures and paintings on the ceiling, depicting the Buddha’s journey to enlightenment and stories of Sri Lanka’s former rulers. The premises are a wide open space with plenty of trees by the edge and a pond in the middle with turtles in it. Furthermore, the temple is also home to an interesting Devale and a historical library.
Therefore, this is definitely not a place that you should miss when your’re in the neighbourhood of Negombo.
Intrigued by history, art and food, Shazzana Hamid is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary. Disguised as Lavinia Woolf she writes of the exhilarating and enchanting.