Five Temples Loop in Outside Kandy

Visiting three of the most ancient and historically important temples, the Embekke, Lankatilaka, and Galadeniya are a short distance from Kandy and sometimes referred to as the ‘three-temple loop’. This is a famous half-day tour in Kandy conduct by many tour companies. But 4restlankatours goal is to give you an experience beyond that. We offer you three temple loop with the world tallest walking buddha statue and Nelligala International Buddhist Temple in Kandy.



Five Temples Loop tour, all offer different stories to capture your imagination. The temples serve as a living testimony to Sri Lanka’s Buddhist heritage, history, and exceptional craftsmanship. Each temple holds a considerable amount of historical information of the ancient kingdom’s era, carved mostly in stone and wooden.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Kandy by a tuk-tuk to visit the first temple is Embekke.

Embekke Devalaya is a wooden temple situated near Kandy. It was built in the 14th century by King Wickremabahu III. Embekke is famous for the intricately patterned wooden pillars of its bigger. Each pillar had a different pattern carved into each of its four sides. The woodwork utilized for the “Drummers’ Hall” where originally the Hewisi drums and trumpets were played during the ceremonies.


Your next temple is the Lankathilaka temple. You will stop on the way at a plantation to take in the sights and smells of how coffee, tea, and pepper are all grown side by side. Lankathilaka, considered as the most magnificent architectural monument to be built during the Gampola era, was built at the crest of a large rock named Panhalgala overlooking the Hantane mountain range in the Hiripitiya hamlet in Udunuwara.

Enjoy a tuk-tuk ride through paddy fields and reach the next temple Gadaladeniya. That famous for its beautiful stone carvings, this temple was built on a flat rock at Diggala in the 14th Century by Gampola’s King Bhuvanekabahu IV. This Buddhist temple with a Hindu extension is a similar age to the Lankatilake temple and the Embekka Devale, the temple exhibits a combination of South Indian and Sinhalese architecture styles.

Ranawana Temple is the world’s tallest walking Buddha statue and one of the most beautiful temples of Sri Lanka. An 80-foot tall statue stands as if it were a Buddha in real life and showing how Buddhism is closely linked with nature. Ranawana Viharaya has an amazing trail into the evergreen forest through rocks and trees. It gives you a feeling that you are visiting a temple and a natural landscape at the same time.

Your final temple is Nelligala International Buddhist Center. It situated on top of a mountain and a popular place for sightseeing visitors due to its sheer beauty an amazing view of the surrounding landscape. You can spend more time to relax here and have the opportunity to see the magnificent sunset.


Visiting all five temples with a tuk-tuk will take about 5 hours. The best time to visit is in the afternoon.

Tour Highlights

  • Tour include Ella Rock, Little Adams Peak hiking & 9 Arch trekking
  • 9 Hours guided trip
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • 1-3 guests – Tuk-tuk | More than 4 – Optional
  • English speaking professional private guide
  • Entrance fees including all taxes
  • Available delicious lunch & 1.5L bottle of water per guest


Additional Informations for Five Temples Loop in Outside Kandy tour: The tour and visit some destinations may change depending on weather conditions | The duration of the transfers will depend on the time of day and traffic condition | Recommend to wear shoes for your choice | Lower price rate in Sri Lanka | Prices depend on how many people in your party

I can highly recommend the Ella day tour with 4rest Lanka Tours! Dilan safely guided me through Ella Rock, Little Adam's Peak and Nine Arch Bridge. He responded promptly to my emails, is very reliable and communicative. He was well prepared for the trip and told some interesting historical facts and details on the visited placed as well. We were not rushing, but gave me time to hike at my own pace. It was really a lovely day!
We had the most amazing tour with Dilan last year! We booked 2 tours with him - one for an elephant safari at the Udawalawe national park, and then the next day for a waterfall hike. He was so knowledgable, and so accommodating to tailor the tours to what we were interested in seeing more of. He also surprised us with a 2nd secret, hidden waterfall and pulled out packed lunches his mother had made for us 🙂 It was a very special few days we spent with Dilan understanding more about the Sri Lankan culture and history, and the beauty of the country. We will never forget it, and we'd recommend Dilan and 4rest Lanka Tours to anyone going to Sri Lanka!
I spent a wonderful day hiking in Horton Plains with Dilan. He is the most kind guide and host you can get. Dilan has also a good knowledge of Sri Lankan history and nature. Highly recommended.
Matt A
Matt A
I booked the x6 waterfalls and had Dilan txt me the night before to confirm everything. He even added in a trip to lipton tea and a buddha statue which was not on the itenerary to which I couldnt say no to. He picked me up on his motorbike as it was faster and easier to travel to all the spots and I agreed as Ive done it before around Asia ans i enjoy the fresh breeze. Went to the newly built buddha statue on Ellas hill top with awsome biews of the city then went to Lipton tea. It was amazing views EVERYWHERE we rode. Then came all the waterfalls which I captured many awsome pics. Dilun was awsome and kind and reliable. Highly reccomend to fellow travellers, he wont dissapoint. 🤙🙌
We thoroughly enjoyed an almost day-long adventure tour with our very knowledgeable guide Dilan (Ella Rock, Adam’s Peak, and 9 Arch Bridge). He picked us up from our homestay for an early start to Ella Rock. We walked along the tracks for a bit, before starting an invigorating ascent towards the Rock. Dilan knew the trails very well and expertly (and safely) guided us to the top while giving us insight into some of the environmental issues as well while adding some personal stories to the mix. We had to catch a late breakfast at our homestay after our hike, and Dilan was accommodating and even found us a shortcut to our homestay so we could make it on time. After breakfast, we headed to the 9 Arch bridge, where we were able to watch the train from a great vantage point. Dilan gave us some interesting history of the bridge and the man behind the arch design. After a quick break, we continued on to Adam’s peak for another hike (a little less strenuous than Ella rock). At the end, we were quite pleasantly tired from the days activities, and we stopped for a late lunch before the end our the tour. Dilan also gave us some tips on other interesting places to visit and what to look for. Thanks Dilan!





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