Padiyapelella Purana Bodhimalkada Viharaya is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya built during the era of the Kandyan kingdom.
A Tampita Viharaya is a structure built on a wooden platform which rests on number of stone stumps usually 3-4 feet tall. The roof is held by a structure built of timber and the walls are generally made of wattle and daub.
Unfortunately the base has been filled and the “Tam” or pillars of this structure has been covered during later renovations and now appears as a temple built on a normal foundation. Though through the features of the inner chambers views could be expressed under the assumption that it is a ‘Tampita Viharaya”, the uniqueness of the construction has been lost in the process.
This temple lies 40 km (1.45 hours) from Nuwara Eliya and 42 km (1.30 hours) from Kandy in Dehipe. To reach the temple from Kandy, drive on the Haragama road for 42 km up to Dehipe and take the left by lane for 200 meters.
- Tampita Vihara Heritage of Sri Lanka
- Ancient Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka
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Map of the Padiyapelella Bodhimalkada Purana Tampita Viharaya
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Driving Directions to Padiyapelella Bodhimalkada Purana Tampita Viharaya
Route from Kandy to Padiyapelella Bodhimalkada Purana Tampita Viharaya
|Though : Haragama – Hanguranketha – Rikillagaskada – Dehipe|
distance : 42 km
Travel time :1.30 hours
Time to spend : 20 – 30 mins
Driving directions : see on google map