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Welcome to the destination where the wonder of nature are in abundance & the place where your dreams do come true. Experience the glorious view of the surrounding country side; it immerses you in a fantasy you can really live through. “Mount Havana” is a place of pure leisure, peace and quiet, a perfect getaway from the hectic lifestyles.
Welcome to the destination where the wonder of nature are in abundance & the place where your dreams do come true. Experience the glorious view of the surrounding country side; it immerses you in a fantasy you can really live through. “Mount Havana” is a place of pure leisure, peace and quiet, a perfect getaway from the hectic lifestyles.

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Ambuluwawa  - Located 3,567 ft. above mean sea level, Ambuluwawa mountain hosts a hill top tourist spot that houses a biodiversity complex celebrating environmentalism and cultural and religious diversity. A notable feature of this complex is a large winding tower resembling a Buddhist stupa, which is located on the mountain peak.
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Lankatilaka Temple The 14th Century Temple that once was Four storied, built on an uneven Rock Bed Travelling to Lankatilaka Temple Located at Udunuwara Hiyarapitiya village of Kandy is the famous temple of Lankatilaka. The huge rock where the temple was built is called as Panhangala Rock. Being one of the three famous ancient temples near Peradeniya, one can reach the Lankatilaka Viharaya along Kandy -Colombo Main road and turning to left from Pilimatalawa [near 104 km post] along the Daulagala road leading to Hiyarapitiya village. It is about four kilometers from this turn off.Lankatilaka Temple History The Lankatilaka temple history runs back to the Gampola Kingdom era. King Buwanekabahu IV has built this temple in 1344 AD. The King's Chief Ministers Senalankadhikara was entrusted to carryout the construction work of this temple. The South Indian architect Sthapati Rayar has designed this with a blend of Sinhalese architecture of Polonnaruwa period and of Dravidian and Indo Chinese style is the opinion of late Professor Paranavitana. Considered to be a Gedige type of Polonnaruwa architecture, this temple which was of four stories earlier is constructed on the uneven surface of the rock with a granite based foundation. The plan of the temple protrudes to the four sides like of a cross. What is seen today is the Ground Floor and part of the First Floor of the earlier temple though the temple seems to have three stories. This temple is an example for the Buddha and God worship prevailed during Gampola era. Gods Vishnu, Saman , Vibhishana, Ganapathi , Skandhakumara and Kumara Bandara had been worshipped here.The Lankatilaka temple can be approached from two directions. Here it is through the Sanghawasa which is situated at the bottom of the rock. There are Rice storage bins called 'Atuwa' at the Vihara premises. The Steps leading up to the temple starts from here.There are two separate flights of steps cut into the living rock of Panhangala. One runs back to the time of the Gampola Kingdom of the 14th century and the other was constructed in around AD 1913. A beautiful view of the surrounding landscape could be seen from the stone stairway. Coming to the Temple premises through the remaining Stone Doorway arch, brings one to a rectangular building through which the approach to the temple premises can be approached.
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Place to see the best stone carvings Stupa of the Gadaladeniya temple Entrance Some of the carvings Gadaladeniya Temple, which is situated at Pilimatalawa on the Kandy-Colombo Road, just passing Kadugannawa, is famous for its beautiful stone carvings. This temple was built on a flat rock at Diggala in the 14th Century. Faded paintings from around that time provide many clues as to the manner in which the temple was built. The art is South Indian, so the general belief is that the workers were also brought down from abroad. The chief architect of this temple had been a South Indian called Ganesvarachari. Therefore, this temple is essentially a South Indian design. The genius of the Kandyan master craftsmen is very obvious in this region; whereby Gadaladeniya Viharaya is built of stone, the nearby Lankatilaka Viharaya and its Devale are built of clay bricks with a unique architectural design; Embekke Devale is built of wood while the mysterious Galengolla Potgul Viharaya with its valuable ola leaf manuscripts has a cover-up in the style of Florentine rebirth and its interior resembles a Christian basilica with cupola (dome) and octagonal pillars. The Gadaladeniya Temple also contains a beautifully painted giant wooden chest holding paintings and sculptures of great historical and artistic importance. The entrance to Gadaladeniya features large stone pillars, which support a roof of huge stone slabs. Within the vihara, an ancient stone and plaster Buddha image looks down upon milkrice pots that have been collecting food offerings for centuries. The 638-year-old jak-wood doors still exhibit their original paintings. According to an inscription there, this temple was built by King Buwanekabahu IV in the year 1344. The main shrine room has a seated (in Vajrasana ) Buddha statue under a Makara Thorana and four standing Buddha images. The Makara Thorana is decorated on both faces with gods such as Brahma, Suyama, Santhusuta, Natha and Maithree, and two attendants. The chamber within the Sikhara (dome) has had a Buddha image, which had been destroyed by the Portuguese. Next to the shrine room is a Devale dedicated to God Vishnu. According to the Mahavansa, the great chronicle of Sri Lanka, it was 'Upulvan Deiyo' (Vishnu) that was selected as the guardian to protect the land of Sri Lanka and Buddhism within it at the time of Buddha's passing away. Therefore, this deity holds a special place among Sri Lankans. By the side of the Vishnu Devale is a stupa made on a rock. This is believed to have been constructed by King Parakramabahu V. This stupa has a roof built over it, held by four pillars. Four smaller satellite stupas are built on small shrine rooms around the main stupa. This structure is called the Vijayothpaya or Vijayantha Prasada after the mythical palace of god Indra. This temple had been neglected for some time and then had been handed over to Velivita Saranankara Thera by King Viraparakrama Narendrasinha (1707 - 1739); it had been looked after ever since by his pupils in succession. Though this temple is known as Gadaladeniya today, an inscription identifies it as 'Dharma Kirthi Viharaya', which is the name of the founding monk. 'Nikaya Sangrahaya' identifies this temple as 'Saddharmathilake' and 'Saddharmalankaraya' identifies this as 'Gadaladeniya Viharaya' after the village in which it is located. Gadaladeniya is one of the best places to view the original stone carving designs; there are many carvings on the pillars. So, next time you visit Kandy, don't just return after visiting the Dalada Maligawa, visit Gadaladeniya too. You'll be amazed by the beauty of this temple.

Source : www.sundayobserver.lk

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Embekka Devalaya (Embekka Temple) was built by the King Vikramabahu III ,The Devalaya in Embekka is dedicated to the worship of Mahasen, popularly known as Katharagama Deviyo. A local deity called Devatha Bandara is also worshiped at this site. The shrine consists of three sections, the "Sanctum of Garagha", the "Digge" or "Dancing Hall" and the "Hevisi Mandapaya" or the "Drummers' Hall". The Drummers' Hall that has drawn the attention of visitors to the site, due to the splendid wood carvings of its ornate pillars and its high pitched roof.It is said that some of the wood work utilized for the "Drummers' Hall" came from an abandoned "Royal Audience Hall" at Gampola. There is every possibility the hall has seen repairs during the reigns of the Sinhalese Kings of Kandy. The carvings, which adorn the wooden pillars of the drummers' hall, as well as the "Vahalkada" (the entrance porch of the devala, which is said to be older) are some of the best examples of Sinhalese art. Embekka Devalaya is situated in Medapalata Korale of Udunuwara in Kandy district. The easiest way to get to Embekka is coming from Colombo - Kandy main road at Pilimathalawa. There is a clear sign post hosted by the Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka at the start of the road to Embekka. It is about 7 – 8 km (5.0 mi) from Pilimathalawa to Embekka from the Colombo - Kandy main road. On the Daulagala road proceed about a mile and you will come to the Gadaladeniya junction, which you can see the famous Gadaladeniya Viharaya right at the junction. Both roads from the junction would take you to Embekka. The shortest would be the one to the right, but if you wish to see the Lankathilaka Viharaya you should take the road to the left. If you take the road to the left you can see the Embekka Ambalama [3] just before you arrive at the Embekka Devalaya.
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Pinnawala is a village in Kegalle District of Sri Lanka and is around 90 km from the capital, Colombo. It is well known for its elephant orphanage.The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is situated northwest of the town of Kegalle, halfway between the present commerciel capital Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy in the hills of central Sri Lanka. There are about 84 elephants under protection. The orphanage is visited daily by many Sri Lankan and foreign tourists.
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Beautifully situated in the valley of the Hantana and Bahirawakanda mountain range, Kandy city is a master piece of scenic beauty it still has its majestic appearance of being the last capital of Sri Lanka. The ruins of the Kings palace are still one of its prestigious land marks of the cities ancient history. Opposite the palace is situated the tropical sanctuary of Udawattekelle. with its rich fauna and flora.

As you enter the city passing the Peradeniya Bridge you come to the entrance of the Peradeniya Botanical gardens. This is the unbeatable place for orchids high bread and wild, indigenous plants, shrubs and endemic flora. It's lay out attracts many national and international visitors daily. Flowing through the city is the longest river in Sri Lanka and Kiri Muhuda (Lake of Kandy) adds to its scenic beauty.

At an elevation of 488 meters above the sea level this city was known as Sri Senkanda Shailabidhana Sri Wardanapura ( Senkadagala) in the past, till it became Kandy later on. Ideally placed in the central hills of Sri Lanka Kandy has a salubrious climate to add to its scenic beauty and atmosphere. Though it is only a 119KM away from the main capital Colombo Kandy is rich with its own agricultural sector being blessed with sufficient water and natural conservation.

The history of Kandy dates back to the 14th century the period of King Wickramabahu the 3rd. Its establishment as a prosperous kingdom has come later in the 16th century during the time of Wimaladharmasuriya the 1st. However the end came to to this capital during the time of the last king of Sri Lanka Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in the 19th century.

Kandy has been declared as a world heritage city. Its recognition as a sacred city with the Sri Dalada Maligawa and the two Maha Viharas of the Syamopali Maha Nikaya Malwatte and Asgiriya along with the four devales (temples) of gods Natha, Vishnu ,Skanda and the goddesss of purity Pathini and the ruins of the royal palace has contributed mainly to this cause. Also in the suburbs of Kandy are the ancient temples of Lankatilleke, Gadaladeniya, Gedige, Gangaramaya, Suduhumpola, Degaldoruwa, and Kundasale.

All the temples and monuments are fine exhibits of Kandian architecture, with finest works of art, carvings and traditionally maintained forms of cultural dance forms. All these have come together in placing this city as a world heritage.


www.MountHavana.com — in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
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Way to Mt.Havana by Sea Plane (9 photos)
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