Maha Saman Devale
Maha Saman Devale information
The Maha Saman Devale, 4km west of the city, is an architectural treasure well worth visiting. Perched on a small hill, it has a handsome series of broad courtyards and multiroofed, whitewashed pavilions in the Kandyan style. Originally built in the 13th century, the temple was destroyed by the Portuguese and then rebuilt during Dutch colonial times. The main sanctuary is dedicated to Saman, while side shrines honour the Buddha and Pattini. The major festival is a perahera on Esala poya (July/August). You can take a three-wheeler from the town centre for about Rs 150.