Royal Pleasure Gardens
Known as the Park of the Goldfish, these extensive royal pleasure gardens cover 14 hectares and contain two ponds skilfully designed to...
South of the Isurumuniya Vihara are extensive remains of the Vessagiriya cave monastery complex, which dates from much the same time.
The Sanctuary at Tissawewa
There are few better situations for an enjoyable meal or drink than the verandahs and dining room in this beautiful colonial hotel. Try...
Isurumuniya Vihara information
This rock temple, dating from the reign of Devanampiya Tissa (r 247–207 BC), has some very fine carvings. Best known of the sculptures is the ‘lovers’, which dates from around the 5th century AD and is built in the artistic style of the Indian Gupta dynasty of the 4th and 5th centuries. There is a lovely lotus pond in front.
Other images (including one of elephants playfully splashing water) remain in situ on the rock face but most carvings have been moved into a small museum within the temple.