The central Buddhist Mandala Mahavihara has a large pagoda. Its interior is somewhat tackily painted with Buddhist scenes and a...
Sri Manika Pillaiyar
The Sri Manika Pillaiyar gives Ganesh a lovely view across Ampara Tank; it’s at the 24km post.
Japanese Peace Pagoda
West of the clock tower and bus station, DS Senanayake Rd leads towards Inginyagala, passing scenic Ampara Tank. After about 2km a short...
The incense-smoked image room next door to the Japanese Peace Pagoda, with its gaudy collection of Buddha statues, is interesting, and...
Indika Bakery & Sweet Delight
Also known as Indika Bakers with Sweet Delights, this place wins the prize for best names. It’s a bright, clean, modern snack shop...
Lonely Planet review
The brightest and most characterful of several budget eateries around the clock tower, this place whips up rice and curry at lunchtime, rings with the deafening knife-work of the kotthu- maker each evening and has lots of short eats (deep-fried snacks and other small bites) for the times in between.