This paper studies the propagation of ultrasound in spiral waveguides, towards distributed temperature measurements on a plane. Finite Element (FE) approach was used for understanding the velocity behaviour and consequently designing the spiral waveguide. Temperature measurements were experimentally carried out on planar surface inside a hot chamber. Transduction was performed using a piezo-electric crystal that is attached to one end of the waveguide. Lower order axisymmetric guided ultrasonic modes L(0,1) and T(0,1) were employed. Notches were introduced along the waveguide to obtain ultrasonic wave reflections. Time of fight (TOF) differences between the pre-defined reflectors (notches) located on the waveguides were used to infer local temperatures. The ultrasonic temperature measurements were compared with commercially available thermocouples. © 2017 Author(s).