Ambuluwawa Biodiversity Complex is Sri Lanka's first multi-religious sanctuary. Ambuluwawa Tower lies at the top of the Ambuluwawa mountain, 1,087 meters above sea level and 700 meters above Gampola town. It is the backyard mountain in Gampola.

BY Palitha Weerawansa
PUBLISHED ON February 17, 2021 | LAST MODIFIED ON July 4, 2021

Who wouldn't like to spend a moment in the clouds above, at a region with mountains in all four directions and such coolness? It will undoubtedly offer a sense of calm to our stressful life.

With a stunning 360 degrees view, Ambuluwawa will no doubt amaze everyone who climbs to the top of the tower. Pidurutalagala Mountain to the east of Ambuluwawa Mountain, Bathalegala (Bible Rock) Mountain to the west, Sri Pada Mountain (Adam's Peak) to the south, and the Knuckles Mountain Range to the north can be seen clearly on a foggy day.

Ambuluwawa Tower and the View
Ambuluwawa Tower and the View

Apart from this, Nelligala Mountain, Alagalla Mountain, Kadugannawa Mountain, Hanthana Mountain, Hunnasgiriya Mountain, and the entire hills of the Nuwara Eliya district can be seen from the top of Ambuluwawa Hill. The Mahaweli River and its adjoining fields add to the beauty of the place.

The Ambuluwawa Forest Reserve is home to over 250 species of creepers and plants, including flowering plants, Iramusu, Muva Kiriya, and Nawa Handi.

Ambuluwawa Tower top view
Ambuluwawa Tower top view

The Ambulawawa Biodiversity Complex was opened to the public on December 18, 2006. Ambuluwawa was built on the top of the hill according to a concept of the Hon. Minister D. M. Jayaratne. It was inaugurated by Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa, then the Fifth Executive President of Sri Lanka. With Hindu Kovils, Muslim Mosques, and a Christian Chapel, the Ambuluwawa Biodiversity Complex is Sri Lanka's first multi-religious sanctuary. A large winding tower resembling a stylized Buddhist stupa distinguishes the Ambuluwawa temple complex.

Ambuluwawa Tower

Ambuluwawa Tower is known as "Govi Jana Seya" in Sinhala. The 48 m high conical structure is a magnificent structure that allows you to walk to the top of the stupa. Many observation decks have been created to see the stunning surroundings that you can only see on the top of Ambuluwawa hill when you walk to the top of this stupa which is not seen in any other Buddhist temple. As you ascend the stairs, the width of the stairs decreases and it takes on a spiral shape.

Ambuluwawa History

The great Sinhala King Buvanekabahu IV founded the Gampola Kingdom (1341-1357 AD). Mayura Sandesa's 14th-century messenger poetry depicts this enchanting rock and its surroundings in this way.

“When the stars are just beginning to fade in their positions in the sky when the soft scent of flowers wafts softly over the leaves When the sun first rises and casts its rays over the Eastern peaks Go on from Ambuluwakada with a happy heart.” (Mayura Sandesa - Verses 25 & 26)

How to get to Ambuluwawa

Colombo to Ambuluwawa: If you are traveling from Colombo, there is a 28.1 km short route from Mawanella to Ambuluwawa Temple through Ginihappitiya Hemmatagama that would bypass Kandy and Gampola, which is 43 km. The carpeted road is quite easy to reach.

Arriving by train from Colombo, you can get off at the Gampola Railway Station that enjoying the beauty of the beautiful surroundings on the way. Gampola can also be reached by bus from Colombo.

Kandy to Ambuluwawa: It is 24.8 km from Kandy to Ambuluwawa. If you come by public transport, first you have to reach Gampola. There is a 5.2 km from Gampola Railway Station to Ambuluwawa Mountain Hill. You can easily find a tuk-tuk or taxi from Gampola town to Ambuluwawa temple.

However, it is wise to use Google Maps.

Ambuluwawa Opening Time

Sunday8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Monday8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Every day of the week, the main gate opens at 8.30 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. The distance between the entry and the mountain top is approximately 2.5 to3 km. You can drive, take a TUK TUK, or walk to the top.

Best time to visit the Ambuluwawa Tower

Morning is the perfect time to visit Ambuluwawa. The sun is lovely, and you'll be able to escape the crowds. It is becoming increasingly busy with both domestic and international visitors.

Ambuluwawa Tower ticket price

Local visitorLKR 50
International visitorLKR 300 (USD 2)

The entrance fee to Ambuluwawa is LKR 50 for the domestic visitor and LKR 300 (USD 2) per International visitor. This price is a gift for entering the temple.

Address of Ambuluwawa Biodiversity Complex

Ambuluwawa Biodiversity Complex, ICC Road, Ambuluwawa, Sri Lanka.

Learn before you go Ambuluwawa Tower

The corner at the top of the stairs to the Ambuluwawa tower is shaped like a spiral and it is wise to take care of it if the height is less than one width and the height is not familiar to you.

If you are an obese person, note that it is difficult to get to the top of the Ambuluwa Tower.

We have compiled all of the necessary details about Ambuluwawa for you here.

Turkish: Bu makale Ambuluwawa Kulesi ile ilgili tüm detayları içermektedir.

Frequently Asked Questions about Ambuluwawa

The admission charge at Ambuluwawa is LKR 50 for local visitors and LKR 300 (USD 2) for international visitors.
The Ambuluwawa Tower stands 48 m (157 ft) tall.
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