Distance from Kandy – 39.2 km (1 hour 24 minutes)
Mahaweli Maha Seya is a Buddhist temple which is situated in Kothmale. It is the idea of former Prime Minister and Mahaweli Development Minister of Sri Lanka, Gamini Dissanayake. This temple was built in commemoration of more than 50 submerged temples and the persons who lost their homes and properties due to the Mahaweli Development Program, was the largest development project in Sri Lanka after it obtained independence. The foundation was laid by the then President of Sri Lanka, J. R. Jayewardene on 20th March 1983. However, the stupa was completed and declared open by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe on 20th June 2016. Mahaweli Maha Seya is 88 meters in height and is the second largest stupa in Sri Lanka, only being second to the great Ruwanweli Maha Seya in Anuradhapura.
Getting to Mahaweli Maha Seya – Kothmale
From Kandy travel along the Kandy Road passing Peradeniya, Hindagala, Mahakanda and Gampola up to Ulapane. Then travel along the Ulapane – Pussellawa Road and then along the Dawatagas Road up to Kothmale to reach the Mahaweli Maha Seya.