Ambuluwawa – 10 minutes to the starting point

Ambuluwawa mountain is considered one of the must visit places in the Gampola area and although its a hard journey some people do climb the mountain on foot. It is somewhat a steep mountain so even in a van sometimes its not possible to go the full distance. However the journey is worth it because it offers one of the most beautiful scenes you can ever see. Ambuluwawa was built as a symbol of religious harmony in Sri Lanka and you can find a temple , a church , a Hindu kovil and a mosque there. The great thing is you can go to the top of the Dagoba in the mountain giving you a feeling of being in the sky. Although not considered a top tourist attraction in Sri Lanka it does attract some tourists and everyday lots of locals visit there. There is a beautiful landscaped garden for you to spend some time and you can get some amazing picture from the top of the mountain.

Embekka Devalaya – 20 minutes

Embekka Devalaya (Temple) is one of the greatest places you could ever have been to. Perhaps, it might be the only place in the world that is having such an amount of amazing wood carvings gathered in one location. The Embekka Devalaya has been built during the Gampola regime around 1370 by the time of great King Vikramabahu.The King has dedicated this devalaya to God Kataragama.

There are eight buildings belonging to Embekka Devalaya , six buildings for the inner temple and the rest two buildings are for the outside building. The UNESCO has even identified the importance of the wood carvings of the temple. The main hall is filled with several of wood carvings, every part of the main hall – pillars, doors; columns are heavily decorated with wonderful rock carvings. There are a range of wood carvings of the Devalaya thus the wood carvings include nice carvings of flowers, dancers, soldiers and animals from mythical stories.

Lankathilaka – 20 minutes

Lankathilaka Viharaya, is a dramatic building made out of clay brick. At one time it was a five-storied building. Lankathilaka Viharaya in Kandy was decorated with flowers, creepers, birds, animals and statues of gods. At the entrance of the building there are two huge pillars. Presently the pillars have broken down and reduced to a height of 58 ft. Initially, the height of these pillars was almost twice the existing one.
In the shrine rooms of the Lankathilaka Viharaya, Kandy there is an intricate designing of stonework and also of wood for the four gods who are guarding the building. The outer walls of Lankathilaka Viharaya in Kandy are adorned with sculpture which is very delicate in nature. The sculpture portrays diverse buildings of the Polonnaruwa period. There is a pillared “mandapaya” rite in front of the structure. It consists of 40 festooned pillars made purely out of stone.
The passage of the Lankathilaka Viharaya, Kandy, which is similar to the passage of a cathedral, faces a statue of a standing Buddha. The statue of the standing Buddha is presently headless. Previously it was 41 ft. in height

Gadaladeniya – 2o minutes

The temple of Gadaladeniya plays a key role in Sri lankan tourism. It is close by Embekke devalaya and lanka tilake viharaya. The ancient monastery is located on a small hilltop at Diggala. In accordance to the Gadaladeniya inscription reveals that the temple was built by King Buwanekabahu 4 in the year 1344. The hilltop gives you a panoramic out view to the entire site. You will find a dagoba to the right side from the entrance and four another small dagobas. Some say that the stupa was constructed by King Parakramabahu 5. There is a roof covering the dagoba standing on four pillars. This structure is called Vijayothpaya or Vijayantha prasada. The seated Buddha statue with four another standing Buddha statues can be worshipped in the main vihara geya (image house) of the temple. The building is covered with a temporary roof because the temple is under restoration now.

Royal Botanical Gardens – Peradeniya : 20 minutes drive

Royal Botanical Garden, Peradeniya is located in close proximity to the city of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It is renowned for the collection the variety of Orchids,and has more than 300 varieties of Orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palms trees attach it is the National Herbarium. Total land mass of the botanical garden is 147 acres, 460 Meters above sea level with a 200 day annual rain fall, it is managed by the Division of National Botanic Gardens of the Department of Agriculture

Kandy – the world heritage city: 20 minutes drive

Kandy-a major tourist destination-is also known as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka. Nestled in the hills at an altitude of 488 m, it is located at a distance of 115 km from Colombo. Kandy has a rich history. It was originally known as Senkadagala pura after a hermit named Senkada who lived there. Many of Sinhalese people call it Mahanuwara meaning the Great City. The name Kandy was derived by the colonial rulers from the word Kanda in Sinhala, meaning a hill. Kandy was the stronghold of the Sinhalese kings, who promoted and protected the local culture until the city fell to the British in 1815. The Temple of the Tooth Relic, Udawattakele sanctuary, The lake , the museum are the main attractions in the city area. Hanthana mountain range is also an panoramic attraction. The city is only second to the capital city of Sri Lanka – Colombo

Kothmale Reservoir and the dam – 45 minutes

The Kotmale Oya flows through the rural up-country of Sri Lanka passing ancient villages steeped in history and tea plantations of a more recent ara. The tranquility of this river valley has been changed recently with the construction work of the Kotmale Hydropower reservoir which was built by blocking the Kothmale Oya by constructing a massive dam. It is a rock fill dam of 87.0 m in height and 600 m in length. There is a tunnel system leading to an underground power station

Kothmale Seya ( Mahaweli maha Seya ) – the massive stupa – 45 minutes

Keeping with ancient tradition, a large stupa named as Mahaweli maha seya was built at Kotmale, to depict the progress and development of the country under the Accelerated Mahaweli Programme. This stupa is to also compensate for the eight Buddhist temples which were inundated and to also stand as a tribute to those who sacrificed their ancestral land, which had been cultivated for generations in the Kotmale Valley.The Seya is built on the right bank hill above the dam site at an elevation of 950 m (4150 ft.) above MSL ie. It overlooks the dam site from a place 257m (845 ft.) above. It consists of a 200 ft. (61,0 m) diameter and 11” thick reinforced concrete shell, which supports a asquare chamber (31 ft.) a Dewatha Kotuwa (12 ft), a pinnacle 44(ft) and a Kothderella (52 ft) respectively. The overall height of the structure is 274 ft. (83.)