Away from pampered luxuries and tightly bound with nature is the Angurukaramulla Temple in Negombo which comes as a charming religious site that showcases the rich cultural history of Sri Lanka.
The temple has gained popularity for its majestic dragon entrance and the 6 metres high Buddha statue. This gigantic sculpture of the dragon standing at the entrance of the temple is an indication of how it protects this religious complex from evil spirits, as the locals call it! However, the gaping maw of this creature is the venue’s most popular feature.
Located in the east of Negombo, Angurukaramulla is about 3km away from the town. If you are residing at one of the many Negombo hotels in the area, such as Amagi Aria, it’s just a 7-minute drive to the temple.
Given that the temple as a whole is over two centuries old, it is a great place to experience some of Sri Lanka’s vintage architecture. Unfortunately, not all the buildings have been equally maintained, which makes it a fairly eclectic setting. Paintings on the ceiling of the temple depict the journey of Lord Buddha’s life and stories of the historical rulers.
What to expect
Those visiting this holy site believe that once worshipped it will absolve all worries in life. This is an ideal place to meditate and experience your inner peace. Make sure that you follow the required etiquette before entering the temple.
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