The Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery in Bandarawela


Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery stands as a haven of peace

Discover the serenity of The Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery in Bandarawela, near Ella. Immerse yourself in Buddhist teachings, meditation, and breathtaking views. Open daily from 8 am to 9 pm. Home to over 30 Theravada Buddhist monks, this monastery offers not only spectacular views from its mountain perch but also profound spiritual teachings that welcome curious souls from all walks of life.

"I visited the Monastery alongside with my partner. We met Rev Bhikku Amitha and had the most beautiful conversation about some specific Buddhist principles, undertook a guided meditation, embraced laughter, photography and walk around the monastery."

Carla R.C
Open Hours and Spiritual Offerings

mbracing an open-door policy, The Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery invites visitors daily from 8 am to 9 pm. The day unfolds with the monks' meal offering at 10:45 am, followed by an evening chanting session at 6 pm. These rituals provide a unique opportunity for visitors to connect with the monks and witness the monastery's spiritual rhythm.

The Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery in Bandarawela
The Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery in Bandarawela
Engaging Experiences

  • Talk with Monks about Buddhism: Engage in enlightening conversations with the monks, gaining insights into the principles of Buddhism.
  • Personal Meditation Instructions: Receive personalized meditation guidance, allowing you to delve deeper into the practice.
  • Evening Chanting: Immerse yourself in the soothing evening chanting session at 6:00 pm, experiencing the monastery's spiritual ambiance.
  • Witness Stupa Construction: Observe the creation of a historic stupa, a visual representation of Buddhist spiritual progress.
  • Monk's Meal Offering: Participate in the sacred ritual of offering food to the monks at 10:45 am, understanding the significance of this practice.


Shrine Offerings

Make personal offerings at the shrines, embracing the symbolic gestures of devotion.

  • The Buddhist Bookshop: Peruse the catalog of the monastery's bookshop, offering a wealth of knowledge on Buddhism.
  • Blessing Thread: Receive a blessing thread from the monks, symbolizing spiritual connection and protection.

Cultural Significance and Artistic Beauty

Founded by Ven. Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero, The Mahamevnawa Monastery is not only a spiritual retreat but also a significant educational institution. Aspiring monks find guidance and knowledge within its walls. The monastery is adorned with exquisite carvings, murals, and paintings by Sri Lankan artists, creating a visual spectacle that complements its spiritual richness.

Location and Timings

Situated in Bandarawela, near Ella, The Mahamevnawa Monastery opens its doors from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm every day of the week. Remarkably, there is no entry fee, making this serene experience accessible to all.


The Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery in Bandarawela offers not only a retreat from the bustling world below but also a profound spiritual journey. With its welcoming atmosphere, engaging activities, and breathtaking surroundings, this monastery stands as a testament to the rich cultural and spiritual tapestry of Sri Lanka.



Is there an entry fee to The Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery?

No, there is no entry fee. The monastery welcomes visitors without any charge.

Can I join the evening chanting session even if I'm not familiar with Buddhism?

Absolutely! The evening chanting session is open to everyone, providing a peaceful and inclusive experience.

How long does the monk's meal offering ritual last?

The monk's meal offering takes place at 10:45 am, and the duration can vary. It's a unique opportunity to witness a sacred Buddhist ritual.

Are there guided tours available at the monastery?

While formal guided tours may not be available, engaging with the monks and participating in the activities provides an immersive experience.

How d I get there from Ella?

You Can take Tuk Tuk From Ella, or by bus to Kumbalwela Junsion the take badulla bus

Take A Tuk Tuk