If you watched Avatar -The Last Air Bender, you would love this Ambuluwawa temple. Because It gives you same vibes as the movie where Avatar learnt air bending.
Nowadays Ambuluwawa becoming world famous among solo travelers, couples and also group travelers. It gives you a different adventure because of the architectural design of the tower. Once you are at the top, you will feel you are among the clouds of the Sky. That will be a marvelous experience in your travel journey in Sri Lanka. I am pretty sure you will enjoy it to the fullest.
Why is Ambuluwawa so famous
Ambuluwawa temple is very worthy to visit who loves nature and Buddhist architecture. It is located in Gampola district, 17 km from Kandy and 85 km from Colombo. Please be careful when you use google maps to find the location as it may give you wrong way. Best way is to ask some people who are nearby. There may be easiest ways to reach the temple from your current location. When we were visiting, the roads were still under construction. We went few years ago. So i think construction might be finished now.
How to get there ?
After a road trip from the Gampola town, you have to climb the hill. Road is in a good condition. Climbing is not that hard. You can park your vehicle near the entrance and take a tuk tuk to climb the hill. It is the easiest and the safest way to Ambuluwawa. But many just walk also. If you want to enjoy the nature and cool weather you can walk. We took a tuk tuk to climb the hill. Tuk tuk ride was so bumpy and fast. Here is my article about how do you get around in Sri Lanka ? .
Beautiful Panaromic view
Mountain is about 3560 meters above sea level. It is an entire cascade of the full of mountains. On the top you will see Ambuluwawa temple with a white tower. The tower is about 48 meters with spiral staircase. I am pretty sure you will enjoy the climb. You will have to lean against the wall and climb at some points. Staircase so narrow at the end. It’s a bit scary but adventurous. The view at the top of the tower is stunning. You can see a range of mountains of Sri Lanka when you are at the top.
To the South, you can see Sri pada/ Adam’s peak. To the North, mountain range of Knaukles and to the East you will see Piduruthalaga mountain which is the highest in Sri Lanka. You can enjoy the view with a cold breeze .
Here are some pictures ,
Apart from the temple there are lots of Biodiversity. it is a unique location. Important thing is, Ambuluwawa is a multi religious center. Therefore so many multinationals come there to worship and enjoy the views. Most of the travelers who come to Kandy visit Ambuluwawa Temple. This is one of must see places in Sri Lanka. From TripAdvisor I saw that lots of people make it is as one of the to do items in Sri Lanka.
Ambuluwawa Temple is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful observation points in Sri Lanka, So try to visit in your journey. You may have to keep a day for the trip. Surely you will get lots of beautiful snaps.