Around Athulya Villas

The major attractions in the vicinity of Athulya Villas include The Lankathilake, Gadaladeniya and Embekke Temples The Railway Museum and The Crafts village of Kiriwaula.Kandy is half and hour away while The Pinnawala Elephant orphanage is 45 minutes away.

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Things to do around Athulya Villas

Bird Watching

At Athulya Villas you can hear the melodious chirping sounds of the many hued birds who visit. With over 56 species of Birds endogenous to Sri Lanka, found on the rivers, hill country, rainforest and by the coast, it is a bird enthusiasts paradise.


The district of Kandy offers numerous treks. The medieval Buddhist temples of Gadaladeniya, Lankathilake temples and Embakke shrine are interconnected with footpaths that bring about scenic landscapes. The trek from Ihalakotte Railway station to Dodanwala Devale shrine falls through forest reserves, Alagalle Mountain, tea estates and traditional Kandyan villages. Hantane trek, Alagalla Mountain trail, Bahirawakanda hill and Udawattakelle Forest Reserve and trekking in the Knuckles Mountain range are some of the the most popular trails.

Gadaladeniya Temple

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.

Lankathilake Temple

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

Brass Making

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.

Peace, birds, temples and team work.

After 4 days here we had a really good feel for the place and staff, and so far this has been our best experience in SL. There's a real comradie here between all the employees and that gives it a great vibe. It's handy to the the Embekka, Lankatilake and Gadaladeniya temples which are all well worth visiting and 45mintues from the centre of Kandy. There are great birds, picturesque walks through the tea and rice fields and the staff are locals, thus very knowledgeable about the area, its wildlife and flora. Oh and the food is excellent!

Astrid M (Sydney, Australia)
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