Sneak Peak of Sri Lanka’s First Multi Religious Centre; Ambuluwawa Tower
Ever heard of Ambuluwawa Tower? If you’re in Sri Lanka for a day tour or a round tour Ambuluwawa Tower is one of the must see sites in Sri Lanka. You can get to Ambuluwawa Tower from Kandy or Gampola. Little knowledge about this site are, it is 3567 meters above from the sea level and there are 200 plants which belongs to 80 species. We know the climb to the top is a bit tough but then again you know hardest climbs always gives the best views. Some of the best views you can admire from this tower is, from
- South –Sri Pada or Adams Peak
- North –Mountain range of Knuckles
- West –Bathalegala or Bible Rock
- East –Piduruthalagala Mountain
If you visit on a day that has a clear sky and not misty you’ll be able to see the breathtaking view of Hanthana Mountain Range, Hunnasgiriya and the mountains in the Nuwara Eliya district. The Hanthana Mountain Range is known for being a lone warrior capable of withstanding anything that would be put its way, and home to many travelers and joyously giving out adventure to any who would seek it.
Moving along, Ambuluwawa Tower is the first Multi Religious Centre in Sri Lanka. You can see a Temple, Kovil, Mosque and a Church. It is known that Ambuluwawa Temple is an evocative of a Buddhist ‘stupa’ with a height of 48 meters. This Multi Religious Centre shows the perfect Harmony and Unity among us Sri Lankans from the beginning. You’ll be able to see not only Buddhist everyone visit Ambuluwawa Tower to get the amazing experience and also to worship there religions. Interesting fact about this site is it became a biodiversity complex in 2006.
Reaching the top of Ambuluwawa one can experience the most amazing views which could sometimes be covered by the ongoing mist. However, once the mist clears off the view can be scary and freak out climbers, especially those who have a fear of heights. Do note that hiking Ambuluwawa is not at all dangerous or risky, but it would not be the ideal kind of adventure for those with a fear of heights. Avoid leaning on the railing to capture photographs especially at the top as this is extremely risky and one could easily slip off from here. Ambuluwawa is a relatively easy hike to do which gives you 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains, forests, rivers and towns.
It is an area richly diverse, with evergreen forests, blossomed flower plants as well creepers and about 200 different kinds of plants from 80 plant families including a variety of medicinal plants. Ambuluwawa is surrounded by many mountains including Piduruthalagala from the East, Bible Rock (Bathalegala) from the West, Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak) from the South and Knuckles Mountain Range from the North. Apart from these mountains many other mountains are also clearly visible from here and adds to the beauty of the area. These are the Hanthana Mountain Range, Hunnasigiri Mountain and mountain ranges associated with Algalla and Kadugannawa. There is a cool mountain breeze in the area due to this reason.
Ambuluwawa Tower Height
Ambuluwawa is situated approximately 1,965 feet from the level of Gampola town. The Ambuluwawa Mountain stands approximately 3560 meters above sea level. The tower stands at a height of approximately 48 meters and the elderly and kids are not recommended to climb to the top of it. The mountain road runs along the serpentine surrounded by mountain landscapes, cliffs and unique plants, which cannot be found anywhere else. Interesting places to visit include three ponds, a sacred Bodhi tree, water Park, stone Park and garden of herbs.
The Ambuluwawa Biodiversity Center was inaugurated by Sri Lanka’s former Prime Minister, Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Jayaratne, popularly known as “Di Mu”, who was born near Gampola. For those going from Colombo, Ambuluwawa is situated 85 km from the capital city.