Nelligala International Buddhist Center is a recently built (in 2014-2015) Buddhist temple which is located in Muruthalawa – Sri Lanka. (12km away from Kandy town, 10km away from Peradeniya town)

How to arrive Nelligala

You can arrive there either via Kurunegala-Kandy road or Kegalle-Kandy road from Pilimathalawa. It has become most popular due to the Statue of God Saman which was built recently.

It is built on top of a mountain and you can easily go to the top by vehicle. The road is good in condition and there are free parking facilities at the top. The parking area is large and there are plenty of spaces to park your vehicles without any traffic. Washroom facilities, small sweet & ornament shops are also available.

Distance from Colombo112 km
Nearest TownKandy (12 km)
Elevation from sea level700m
  • Gold painted Buddha Statues in Nelligala
  • Viewing from Nelligala International Buddhist Center
  • Nelligala Sri Shakkya Singha Suganda Kutiya
  • Viewing from Nelligala International Buddhist Center
  • Nelligala International Buddhist Center
  • Statue of God Saman in Nelligala
  • Viewing from Nelligala International Buddhist Center
  • Gold painted Stupa in Nelligala

This temple is famous among Buddhists as well as non-Buddhists due to the beautiful location in which it is situated and the attractive scenery which appears from the top.

In Nelligala

You can observe 360° view which includes Hanthana mountain range, Ambuluwawa, Adam’s peak (Sri Padaya), Bible rock (Bathalegala), Alagalla, Piduruthalaga, etc. Wheelchair accessible entrance is there. The temple is well maintained, and if you can stay there during sunrise or sunset, you’ll see the breathtaking scenery.

Statue of God Saman, Gold colour painted Lord Buddha’s statues and Gold colour painted pagoda are the major highlights of this temple. Apart from that, there is a special building which is named “Sri Shakkya Singha Suganda Kutiya”.

The Holy relics of the Lord Buddha are there for the worship purposes of pilgrims. The statue of God Saman is a very beautiful creation which is delineated God Saman arrived at the Nelligala temple by a white elephant from sacred Sri Padaya. Nelligala Temple has become the most popular because of this statue which was built recently.

Great experience for your day-to-day busy life. Come here, enjoy the environment. Feel natural beauty. Don’t ruin it. Don’t throw garbage. Don’t disturb the pilgrims who are worshiping there.


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