A must visit temple in Kandy which has some amazing wood carving dating back several centuries. The drumming ceremony is also quite ritualistic and well worth a visit.
Embekke Devale shrine is located in the village of Embekke, about eight miles from Kandy. Embekke Devale-Carpentry The roof of the shrine is of great significance. The roof, without a central beam, holds together 26 rafters of the roof by means of a giant wooden pin, a fine example of medieval carpentry. The ingenious example of classic carpentry resembles spokes... More
The Three Temples route encompasses separate ones made of stone, brick and wood respectively. This is the wooden one and is notable for the high quality of its carvings. Each column is different with smallish panels showing fantastical beasts and flowers. Somewhat reminiscent of some carvings seen on columns of monastic cloisters in Europe. Village is quiet
We got a tuktuk to take us from Kandy and wait at each of the temples for us. This cost us 1000 rupees for a couple of hours which was a pretty good deal! The drive between the temples in quite bumpy but you really feel like you have left the city and drive through some small villages and rice... More
Its again place depicting Sri Lankas rich cultural Heritage. The Dewalaya or the shrine for a God is a place where you can find the most creative wood carvings ever done on a ancient temple structure. How ever if you are not very keen to see wood carvings this may not be the place for you
Quite a trek that had even our Sri Lankan driver cringing as we wound our way up very narrow, twisty and potholed road, seemingly forever, but absolutely amazing place. To see such detailed and intricate carvings that have been in situ for so long was quite humbling. Had read some reviews from people who had had rather mixed experiences, but... More
From Kandy it's a 1 hour busdrive to get to Embekke, and then a short walk to the temple. On the road you find a woodcarving workshop, with a very friendly owner. The temple is small, but has some amazing woodcarving on the 34 pillars. You see all different kind of images, like animals, peacocks and dancers.
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