Athulya Villas is a great location from where to experience all Sri Lanka has to offer. Explore the surrounding village and historic temples or explore the tea country or visit the baby elephants, whatever takes your fancy, maybe an evening with a traditional drum orchestra or visit to the artisans, it is all possible.
Places to Visit Near Athulya Villas
Nuwara Eliya is often referred to by the Sri Lankan tourist industry as ‘Little England’.A well-tended golf course morphs seamlessly into a rolling carpet of tea plantations. The dusty and bustling centre of town is a thoroughly Sri Lankan tangle, but scratch the surface a little to reveal colonial bungalows, well-tended hedgerows and pretty rose gardens.
Ambuluwawa is one of the must visit places in the Gampola Area visible from airplanes flying over Sri Lanka, It is a symbol of religious harmony as a temple, a church, a Hindu kovil and mosque are found there. A Beautifully landscaped garden provides a wonderful spot to spend some time. If you reach the Ambuluwawa summit of the mountain its almost as though you are among the clouds.
Around an hour’s drive from Athulya Villas, the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is situated close to the town of Kegalle, almost halfway between Kandy and Colombo. A visit during bathing time when all the occupants including the babies in the river is an unforgettable scene.
Victoria Golf Course
One of the most picturesque golf courses in Sri Lanka, this course is a 6’190 m long (par 73) championship golf course designed by Donald Steel and was inaugurated in 1999. This simply stunning course borders the Victoria reservoir and offers stunning scenic beauty overlooking the Victoria dam and Knuckles Mountain Range. The Victoria Golf Club is situated 25 km east of Kandy. Golfers can opt for a scenic 45 minute flight from Colombo or drive up.
Built in around 1344 during the reign of king Wickramabahu, it is considered to be one of the finest examples of Buddhist temple architecture, the Gadaladeniya Viharaya is just 15 minutes away, offering spectacular views from its location a top of a hill. It has retained its character despite the ------ invasions and attempts at sabotage over the centuries.
Close by is the Lankathilaka Viharaya which was constructed in the 14th century AD by King Buwanekabahu the 4th. It was revived later by Vijayabahu IV. Lankathilake Viharaya is a dramatic building made out of clay and brick. At one time it was a five storied building adorned with flowers ,creepers, birds, animals and statues of gods though its is now reduced. Lankathilake Viharaya, has an exclusive architectural design, very different from the other buildings of its era and situated on top a rocky outcrop provides vistas of rolling paddy fields
The traditional brass makers are where 15 minutes away, in the village of Kiriwaula. Experience the fiery birth of these intricately designed metal ornaments forged with love and craftsmanship.
Embekka Devalaya might be the only place in the world that has such a collection of amazing wood carving gathered in one location. The Embekka Devalaya has been built during the time of the time of the Gampola Kingdom around 1370 by the great King Vikramabahu.The King has dedicated this devalaya to God Kataragama.
The Ceylon Tea Museum at Hanthana, three kilometers from Kandy city centre is easily accessible. Museum consists of four floors exhibiting very old items of machinery and contains a library and an auditorium with facilities for audio visuals presentations and tea sales outlets, where a selection of Sri Lanka’s fine tea is available and a restaurant.
Sri Dalada Maligawa
The Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy, the temple which houses the Sacred Tooth Relic of The Buddha, is possibly the most sacred Buddhist shrine in the world. It is venerated not only by Buddhists in Sri Lanka but by Buddhists all over the world. It is also architectural significant as it a heritage site and houses the ‘octagan’.
Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya
No visit to Kandy is complete without seeing the Royal Botanical gardens at Peradeniya. Its origins go back to the reign of King Kirthi Sri Rajasingha (1747-80) when it was a royal residence and park. It formally became a botanical garden in 1821 when the redoubtable Edward Barnes was governor. The first tea seedling in Ceylon was planted in the gardens at Barnes in 1824. The gardens consist of nearly 150 acres dedicated to the flora of Sri Lanka with a spectacular arboretum that includes many endemic trees. The entire area of the gardens is embraced by the Mahaweli River, curving around it like an elbow.
Traditional Dancing and Drumming
Kandy is the cradle of Sri Lanka’s cultural art and handicrafts .The cultural shows performed in several location in Kandy include performances of over 12 different folk and traditional dances performed in the span of an honor. The drum orchestras and ‘Ves Dancers’ are not to be missed.
Visit the Railway Museum at Kadugannawa, in close proximity to Athulya Villas and when the evolution of rail travel in Sri Lanka and see first-hand the carriages and engines of years’ past.