Constructed during the Pre Kandyan kingdom the Gadaladeniya and Embakke Hind- Buddhist shrines are famed monuments from the Golden years of Sri Lanka. The architectural style of Gadaladeniya is of south Indian origin and there is a Devale next to the temple grounds. This Devale is of similar design to other Devale found in the Kandy area such as Natha Devale and the Adahana Maluwa in Kandy. The Gadaladeniya shrine room is heavily decorated with remains of old Buddhist paintings and a seated Buddha statue.
One of the best protected examples of conventional Sinhalese temple architecture is known to be the close by Lankathilake temple. A long series of rock steps lead to the path of this temple. A Hindu shrine dedicated to the God Katharagama, the Embekke Devale is a masterpiece of wood carving within this island country. Shaped like a talipot leaf the roof of the Devale is rare shape, and displays rare architectural techniques.
The three temples offer a great day of sightseeing through beautiful green paddy fields and can be reached from one another by foot. Stop to admire the beautiful traditional village with gravel roads that lead up to these monuments. You will also see traditional brass work for sale on the way.
Most travelers visit these historic monuments, on their way to the gorgeous hill country, mostly Nuwara Eliya or Kandy. There are plenty of Nuwara Eliya Hotels that offer scenic views of the mountains that surround the area and complete relaxation within its premises. Jetwing St. Andrews is a Hotel in Nuwara Eliya famed for its impeccable service standards. To put your feet up in style, reminiscing about rich culture and heritage that surrounds you, choose a hotel that believes in going the extra mile to please its guests.
Choose to visit Embekke and Gadaladeniya on your way to this city fondly referred to as Little England, and enjoy the mystic mountains and the mountain breeze 6000 km above sea level. Whether you like to see the natural beauty of the country or associate the rich culture and heritage, the hill country of Sri Lanka would not disappoint.