The ruins of Nalanda are included in the tourist pass of the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka and are located about 50km north of Kandy. To get there you can take any bus heading north, either to Anhuradapura or Polonnaruwa, and get off at kilometer 49. Then you need to walk about 15 minutes before arriving at the ruins. At the entrance, a pair of guards were waiting to take our money and when they saw that we had the tourist pass they seemed somewhat disappointed. The ruins are nothing spectacular, like those of other ancient capitals, but it is a beautiful temple built in an original style. It is also one of the few temples on the island to have tantric statues, which are not fully in tact and are quite weathered because the place is not sheltered from the rain. You have to take your shoes off to enter and keep your back and knees covered in order to respect local customs.
The name Lovamahapaya means "the great house with a copper roof". He is the King Devamnampiyatissa and the first Buddhist king which built a house with the recommendations of Mahinda Thero, the man ve lead the country to Buddhism. A century later, the king Dutugamunu built this massive palace. It was a nine-story building, measuring 47 meters high and 50 meters on each side. The weight was supported 1600 pillars. Each floor had 100 windows and a thousand rooms. It's pretty awesome to be a building of the second century BC. The upper floors were probably made of wood, decorated with coral and gems. You can visit the sacred temple beside the Bodhi tree.