The ideal place to see some of the finest woodwork in Sri Lanka, Embekke Devalaya is a truly magnificent temple dedicated to worship Lord Katharagama. Finding a suitable Sri Lanka hotel to lodge in while you visit these premises would not be too hard as there are many Aitken Spence Hotels located within close proximity to the devalalaya which are known to be some of the best hotels Sri Lanka. Built by King Vikramabahu III during the Gampola era, the temple is made up of three parts named as the “Sanctum of Garagha”, the “Digge” or “Dancing Hall” and the “Hevisi Mandapaya” or the “Drummers’ Hall”. The wooden pillars that support the geniously designed wooden roof of the temple carry beautiful wood carvings, so elaborate and detailed in nature that they had managed to mesmerize many who had visited the place. The wood carvings of the Embekke Devalaya are indeed fine examples of the prodigious Sinhala art which was in practice during the times of the great kings of Lanka.