Gadaladeniya temple - Sri Lanka's best Gampola-period paintings
Gadaladeniya is one of the three “Western Temples” near Kandy. It is a building from the 14th century Gampola period. Small Hindu shrines are integrated in the mainly Buddhist temple. Gadaladeniya is famous for Sri Lanka’s best paintings from the Middle Ages. Another remarkable feature is a stupa with four adjacent chapels in a cruciform layout and protected by a roof.
The village of Gadaladeniya is a southern suburb of Pilimathalawa and Embilmeegama in Kandy District. The Gadaladeniya junction in Pilamathalawa is situated 12 km west of Kandy and 5 km west of Peradeniya Botanical Garden at the A1 main road to Colombo, in only 1 km distance from the temple.