To reach the Embekke Devaie, and the start of the walk, take bus 643 from the Goods Shed Bus Terminal (every 20min; 1hr); alternatively, a taxi to the temple will cost around Rs.500.The bus drops you in Embekke village. It 1km walk from here to the temple: turn right onto the tiny road opposite th red postbox, then follow it straight ahead as it switchbacks up over a steep hill. Dating from the fourteenth century, the rustic little Embekke Devaie, ded­icated to Kataragama, is famous principally for the fine pavilion (the digge) fronting the main shrine, with its intricately decorated wooden pillars -apparently brought here from another temple at Gampola. Each of the myriad pillars bears a different design, a marvellously carved assortment of peacocks, entwined swans, wrestlers, dragons, dancers, horsemen, soldiers and Bodhisattvas (shown as composite figures: part man, part fish, part bird). One of the most famous panels depicts an elephant and lion fighting; another show what looks curiously like a Habsburg double-headed eagle.Two quaint lion’s flank the entrance to the main Kataragama shrine behind, which is topped by a delicate pagoda-tower. To the left of the main building stands an unusual granary, raised on stones above the ground to protect its contents from wild animals; to the right, a subsidiary shrine with sumptuously carved wooden doors houses a Buddha and a fine (but difficult to see) wooden statue of a peacock, a bird traditionally associated with Kataragama.