Nelligala International Buddhist Center
Photograph by Palitha Weerawansa

Nelligala International Buddhist Center

The Nelligala International Buddhist Center is located on the summit of Nelligala Mountain in Muruthalawa village, Kandy District, Central Province of Sri Lanka. It was constructed in 2015.

BY Palitha Weerawansa
PUBLISHED ON April 3, 2021 | LAST MODIFIED ON June 4, 2021

The freedom you feel when you go to the top of a mountain is indescribable. We are constantly searching for healing in our minds as we think about how to get rid of a busy lifestyle. It is worth mentioning the Nelligala Vihara which is built on a hilltop that is easily accessible in such a background. The buildings of this temple are very beautiful with a high construction style of architectural value. The Mahayana Buddha statue, a beautiful feature of the temple, is a perfect display of the golden Buddha statue, the Bo tree in the golden bowl, and the golden stupa combined with the blue sky soothes our minds.

Nelligala International Buddhist Center
Photograph by Palitha Weerawansa

How to get to Nelligala Temple

From Colombo to Nelligala, go to Pilimathalawa, then turn left onto Muruthalawa - Godamuduna Road. Turn left onto Aladeniya - Eriyagama Road from Muruthalawa Junction. Turn left onto Kurugama Tea Factory Road just before Muruthalawa Tea Factory. From there road is in good condition until you reach the top of the Nelligala temple. It is easily accessible by vehicle or bus.

Location Map to Nelligala Temple

At the summit, the mountains of Hanthana Mountain, Knuckles Mountain Range, Aludeniya, and Pidurutalagala can be seen. The mist obscures Sigiriya and Sri Pada Mountain on the other side.

Nelligala International Buddhist Center
Photograph by Palitha Weerawansa

Statue of Lord Sumana Saman in Nelligala Temple

The statue of Lord Sumana Saman, on a white elephant coming down from the sky from the direction of Sri Pada Mountain, is a beautiful sight. On a clear day, the concept of this beautiful design may be observed.

Mr. Roshan Somadheera, a Sri Lankan architect by the name of Wadula in the profession, and his son created this work based on a concept by Ven. Wathurakumbure Dhammaratana Thero. The Sri Lanka Army, the pride of our nation, built the foundation from the bottom of the mountain to the summit.

On the full moon Poya day of Unduwappura, December 29, 2020, General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Sri Lanka Army opened this majestic Sumana Saman Deva monument to the public for worship.

Nelligala International Buddhist Center
Photograph by Palitha Weerawansa

Best time to visit the Nelligala

The best time to visit Nelligala is in the early morning. The 360-degree view of the central hills makes this location appealing to tourists.

You can spend more time and relax here in the evenings and even at night, taking in all the beauty that surrounds you. Nelligala is a nice place to sit and meditate for a while.

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