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Katupilagolla Ambalama – කටුපිලගොල්ල අම්බලම

Katupilagolla Ambalama

The Katupilagolla ambalama lies in Ridigama in Kurunegala between Rambadagalla Viharaya and Ridi Viharaya. The building lies on a 3 way junction on the turn off to the Raddagoda and Delhena estates at Delwita.

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Bathalagoda Slab Inscription – බතලගොඩ පුවරු ලිපිය

Bathalagoda Slab Inscription

The inscription has been made in the 13th century on the 5th year of the Queen Kalyaniwathi (1202-1208) of Polonnaruwa Kingdom. An Adhikari called Chudamani of Bandhalagoda region has repaired a breached sluice gate of the Batalagoda Reservoir and in addition built a second sluice.

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Sri Sagala Rajamaha Viharaya and Wayamba Ranaviru Sama Maha Seya – සාගල රජමහා විහාරය සහ වයඹ රණවිරු සාම මහා සෑය

Wayamba Ranaviru Sama Maha Seya at the top of Nelligala

Sagala Rajamaja Viharaya lies on a top of a massive rock called Sri Sagala Rajamaha Viharaya in the Ridigama area west of the popular Rambadagalla Viharaya. The whole rock called Nelligala is believed to have been massive Aramaic complex since the 1st century BC.

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Halambagala Rajamaha Viharaya – හලඹගල රජමහා විහාරය

The main image house of Halambagala Rajamaha Viharaya

Halambagala Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient cave temple on the Nikaweratiya – Abanpola route in Kurunegala. The the main image house of the temple lies in a large drip ledge cave. Number of other drip ledge caves can be found scattered around the premises.

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Hulugalla Tampita Viharaya – හුළුගල්ල ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Hulugalla Tampita Viharaya

The Tampita Viharaya of the Hulugalla temple is a wooden structure built on 16 granite pillars. A wooden stair takes you up to a ornate wooden door. An ancient Buddha statue with murals on the walls are weatherworn.

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Kudabellankadawala Kuda Gal Viharaya Archaeological Site – කුඩාබෙල්ලන්කඩවල කුඩා ගල් විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Kudagal Viharaya Archaeological Site

Kudabellankadawala Kuda Gal Viharaya is an ancient monastic complex located off Thambuththegama on the Anuradhapura – Padeniya Road. The turn off the temple lies 19 km from Anuradhapura and 63 kms from the Padeniya Junction.

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Sri Chandimarama Purana Viharaya Archaeological Site at Serupitiya – සේරුපිටිය ශ්‍රී චන්දිමාරාම පුරාණ විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Ampara Nuwaragala

Serupitiya is a small agricultural village lying in Dehiattakandiya. Archaeological ruins in side the Sri Chandimarama Purana Viharaya in Seupitiya has been declared as protected archaeological site in 2014.

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Pollebedda Nidangala Archaeological Ruins in Mahaoya – මහඔය පොල්ලේබැද්ද නිදන්ගල පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Pollebedda is a remote village in Mahaoya found on the way to Rambakan Oya Reservoir, home to one of the few surviving tribes of Aborigines (Vedda’s). All the Vedda tribes believe that they decent from the lineage of Queen Kuveni of Yaksha tribe who lived in Sri Lanka when prince Vijaya of India landed in the country in 5th century BC.

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Akuloba Archaeological Ruins II in Mahaoya – මහඔය අකුල්ඔබ පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය II

Borapola Reservoir on the way to Akuloba

A site where ruins of ancient buildings close to the ‘Borupola Wewa’ in the village of Akuloba which has been declared as protected archaeological site

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Rajagama Sri Sambuddha Jayanthi Viharaya Archaeological Ruins – රජගම ශ්‍රී සම්බුද්ධ ජයන්ති විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Sri Sambuddha Jayanthi Viharaya at Rajagama

A hillock with ruins of an ancient stupa in Rajagama Sri Sambuddha Jayanthi Viharaya in Uhana has been declared as a protected archaeological site as per the gazette issued on 26th December 2014.

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Nawagiriyawa Archaeological Ruins in Ampara – අම්පාර නවගිරියාව පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Rajagalathenna Divulana Wewa

Nawagiriyawa Wewa Reservoir is one of the largest man made reservoirs in the Ampara District. Navagiriyawa wewa is unique in many ways. It is a cluster of 3 reservoirs connected each other creating a single large water body. At the top is the “Balagala Wewa” (Balagala Reservoir) and below it is the “Divulana Wewa” (Divulana Reservoir).

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Kohombana Archaeological Ruins in Ampara – අම්පාර කොහොඹාන පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Archaeological ruins at the Kohombana village lying in the middle of a paddy field close the road.

The ancient ruins at at Kohombana lies on a private paddy field and only a approx 4×4 meter area has been reserved for the few ruins of a ancient building marked by 4 Archaeology Dept. concrete stumps.

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Weranketagoda Archaeological Ruins in Ampara – අම්පාර වෑරන්කැටගොඩ ග්‍රාමයේ පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Mayadunne Agrarian Services Office and the adjoining land with the Weranketagoda Archaeological Ruins

Weranketagoda lies between Uhana and Gonagolla on the Ampara – Mahaoya route about 15 km away from Ampara. The archaeological site of Weranketagoda consists of a ruins of ancient building with the floor laid with granite slabs. This ruined building lies on the vacant land right of the ” Mayadunne Govijana Sewa Madyasthanaya” (Mayadunne Agrarian Services Office) right next to the road.

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Silapassa Pirivena Archaeological Ruins in Tissamaharamaya – තිස්සමහාරාමය සීලාතිස්ස පිරිවෙණ පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Archaeological Ruins belonging to Silapassa Pirivena

An archaeological site in the middle of the Tissamaharama belonging to the Silapassa Pirivena, an aramic complex built by king Kavanthissa who ruled from Ruhunu Magampura in the 2nd century BC . belonging the Tissamaharama Rajamaha Viharaya Complex

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Memorial for Henry John St. John at Hambanthota – හම්බන්තොට හෙන්රි ජෝන් ශාන්ත ජෝන් ස්මරණ පුවරුව

Memorial for Henry John St. John at Hambanthota

A memorial for a Englishman called Henry John St. John who died at a hunting expedition in 1821 in front of the Assistant Governernment Agents Bungalow at Hambanthota has been declared as an archaeological monument.

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Akurugoda Pillar Inscription (Tam Lipiya) Archaeological Site in Tissamaharamaya – තිස්සමහාරාම අකුරුගොඩ ටැම් ලිපිය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Akurugoda Pillar Inscription ( Tam Lipiya)

The Akurugoda Pillar is about 30 feet in height and octagonal in shape. The brahami inscriptions is believed to be have been made round 2nd century BC.

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Galapitagala Village Archaeological Ruins in Ampara – අම්පාර ගලපිටගල ග්‍රාමයේ පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Gravel road towards Galapitagala Village paddy fields

A flight of steps carved on a rock at a gravel road running through a paddy field in the Galapitagala village in Uhana, Ampara has been declared as a protected archaeological site

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Bunteka Village Archaeological Ruins in Ampara – අම්පාර බන්ට්එක ග්‍රාමයේ පුරාවිද්‍යා ස්ථාන

The towards to the paddy field where Bunteka Ruins lies

Two locations with ruin of ancient granite pillars close to each other in the village of Bunteka in the Bakkiela area in Ampara has been identified and declared as a protected archaeological site in 2014.

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Walathapitiya Archaeological Ruins – වලතාපිටිය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Walathapitiya Reservoir

A rock plain with signs of being an ancient quarry on the lake road near the Walathapitiya Reservoir has been declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government in 2014.

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Thiruwaliwarpuram Archaeological Ruins in Malwaththa – මල්වත්ත තිරුවලිවර්පුරම් පුරාවිද්‍යා ස්ථාන

Towards Thiruwaliwarpuram

Two location at Thiruwaliwarpuram has been discovered to be consisting of archaeological evidence of an Buddhist civilization of the ancient Digamadulla kingdom.

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Palaveli Siva Kovil Archaeological Ruins in Walathapitiya – වලතාපිටිය පලවෙලි ශිව කෝවිල ආශ්‍රිත පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Walathapitiya Reservoir

In front of the Siva Kovil in the village of Palaveli in Walathapitiya lies a rock plain consisting of ancient letters and signs which has been declared as a protected archaeological site.

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Ambamalthalawa Archaeological Ruins II – අම්පාර අඹමල්තලාව පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය II

Alioluwa Reservoir

A site with stone pillars of an building belonging to the ancient Digamadulla kingdom on a paddy field in the catchment area of the ancient Alioluwa Reservoir belonging to the Ambamalthalawa village has been declared as a protected archaeological site in 2014.

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Ambamalthalawa Archaeological Ruins I in Ampara – අම්පාර අඹමල්තලාව පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය I

The turn off towards Ambamalthalawa Archaeological Ruins from Ambagahawella Road

Ambamalthalawa Archaeological Ruins lies about 450 meters north to the ruins on the catchment area of the Alioluwa Archaeological Site in the middle of a paddy field. The ruins consist of a rocky plain with steps cut in to the rock leading to the top.

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Akkarepattuwa Isankernychmai Archaeological Site – අක්කරේපත්තුව ඉසන්කර්නිච්මයි පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

View towards the two Akkarepattuwa Isankernychmai Archaeological Sites

These are two rock plains lying close by to each other in middle of a paddy field in the Akkarapattuwa (Akkaraipattu) with the first rock plain consisting of ruins of an ancient stupa and ruins of buildings and the other chisel marks.

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Moragahapallama Sri Suvisuddharamaya Viharaya Archaeological Site – මොරගහපල්ලම ශ්‍රී සුවිසුද්ධාරාමය විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

The drip ledge cave - Anandakulama Tissa Forest Hermitage

Sri Suvisuddharamaya Viharaya in Moragahapallama is built upon an ancient temple complex which had been destroyed with time. This temple lies about 10 kilometers off the Inginiyagala Dam along the road on the left canal of Senanayake Samudraya.

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Muwangala Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site – මුවන්ගල රජමහා විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Muwangala Rajamaha Viharaya

Muwangala Rajamaha Viharaya lies on two rocky outcrops between Ampara and Hingurana. A new stupa has been built on one of the rocks. 250 steps cut in to the rock during ancient times takes you to the new stupa. Ruins of an ancient stupa and a watadage (stupa house) can be seen at the top of the rock.

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Aloka Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site – එක්ගල්ඔය ආලෝක රජමහා විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Entrance to the Aloka Rajamaha Viharaya

Aloka Rajamaha Viharaya, with a ruined stupa and and other artifacts belonging to the ancient Digamadulla kingdom now declared as an protected archaeological site ies on the route to Ekgaloya Reservoir from Damana.

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Keenawaththa Drip Ledge Caves Archaeological Ruins in Damana – දමන කීනවත්ත පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Gravel road towards Keenawaththa Archaeological Ruins

This is a cave complex with carved out drip ledges and ancient cave inscriptions in Keenawaththa village in the Damana area which has been declared as an protected archaeological site.

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Padagoda Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site – පාදාගොඩ රජමහා විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Padagoda Rajamaha Viharaya

Padagoda Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient temple now in the middle of a paddy field in the Pahalanda village having proofs of prosperity of the region over 2000 years ago.

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Waralanda Archaeological Ruins in Lahugala – ලාහුගල වරලන්ද පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Causeway across the paddy fields at Waralanda

Granite pillars of an ancient building complex can be found on a private land on the village known as Waralanda on the road which lies opposite the Lahugala Rural Hospital.

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Kuduwil Archaeological Site in Eragama – එරගම කුඩුවිල් පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Gravel road towards the Kuduwil Archaeological Site

A rocky plain in the Eragama (Irakkamam) area in a area called Kuduwil with scattered pieces of terracotta pottery and iron ore indicating a iron manufacturing site which has been declared as a protected archaeological site in 2014.

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Aththikandam Archaeological Site in Sagama – සාගම ආත්තිකණ්ඩම් පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

The gravel road from the Sagama Road to the Aththikandam Archaeological Site

A rocky plain in the Sagama area in a area called Sagama Aththikandam with ruins of an ancient stupa and other ruins on the rock plain has been declared as a protected archaeological site

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Serankada Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site in Padiyathalawa – පදියතලාව සේරන්කඩ රජමහා විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Ruins of Serankanda Rajamaha Viharaya

Serankada Rajamaha Viharaya is an one of the hundreds of ancient temples of the ancient Digamadulla Kindom which flourished from time before Christ. As with many other ancient temples in the region, this temple too is attributed king Saddhatissa (137-119 BC), the brother of king Dutugemunu

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Nawinna Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site in Padiyathalawa – පදියතලාව නාවින්න රජමහා විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Ruins of Diviyagala Rajamaha Viharaya (Aranya Senasanaya)

Nawinna Rajamaha Viharya is an one of the hundreds of ancient temples of the ancient Digamadulla Kindom which flourished from time before Christ.This ancient viharaya has been declared as a protected archaeological site.

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Kotavehera Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site in Paragahakele – පරගහකැලේ කොටවෙහෙර රජමහා විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

The ruined stupa of Kotavehera Rajamaha Viharaya in Hingurana

Kotavehera Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient temple complex of the Digamadulla Kingdom lying in Paragahakele on the Inginiyagala – Ampara road. The typical archaeology board directing towards the archaeology site can found 10 km away from the Polwatta Junction.

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Hagirigolla Kotavehera Archaeological Site in Hingurana – හිඟුරාන හාගිරිගොල්ල කොටවෙහෙර පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Remains of the ancient stupa at the top of Kadiragala Rajamaha Viharaya rock.

On the south to the Gal Oya river, in the middle of a paddy filed in the area known as Hagirigolla in the village known as Keenawaththa in Kotavehera, lies ruins of a ancient stupa on a rock plain. These ruins has been declared as a protected archaeological site.

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Dematagoda Caves Archaeological Site in Hingurana – හිඟුරාන දෙමටගොඩ ලෙන් පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Drip Ledge Caves at Dematagoda - Hingurana

Traveling 2km passing Polwaththa Junction and moving towards Ampara, You will come across the Ali Oluwa Reservoir. Take the small gravel road to the right just as you pass this wewa, and traveling about 1 km along the road you will bring you to a archaeological reservation boundary to the left.

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Hingurana Uththara Jayamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site – හිඟුරාන උත්තර ජයමහා විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Main cave image house at Hingurana Main cave image house at Hingurana Rajamaha ViharayaViharaya

The Hingurana Uththara Jayamaha Viharaya which lies behind the Gal Oya Plantations Sugar factory is built upon a ancient temple complex belonging to the Digamadulla Kingdom. Unfortunately this temple has been modernized losing most of its antiquity.

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Galmaduwa Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site at Hingurana – හිඟුරාන ගල්මඩුව රජමහා විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Granite pillars of an ancient building at the Galmaduwa Rajamaha Viharya in Hingurana

The Galmaduwa Rajamaha Viharaya which lies right next to the Ampara – Hingurana Road, just 6km from Ampara town, is an ancient temple complex with ruins still unexplored. This temple has been declared as an protected archaeological site.

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Eragama (Irakkamam) Kotigala Archaeological Site – එරගම කොටිගල පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Drip ledge caves at Seelawathi Rajamaha Viharaya

Kotigala rock plains lies along the Sammanthurai – Deeghavapi Road in middle of a paddy field. A drip ledge cave with inscriptions on this rock has been designated as a protected archaeological site

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Wembadikulama Archaeological Site in Sagama – සාගම වෙම්බෙඩිකුලම පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Ruins of a dagoba and the steps leading towards it at the top of the Sangaman Kanda

Wembadikulama is an remote farming village southwest of the Sagama Reservoir on the Akkaraipattu – Sangaman road in the interior accessible only by gravel roads which pass through the Sagama Reservoir bund and through vast paddy fields reaching the horizon. 

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Wembadikulama Reservoir Archaeological Site in Sagama – සාගම වෙම්බෙඩිකුලම වැව පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Kiralagas Wewa reservoir on the way to Rambakan Oya Reservoir

Wembadikulama is an remote agricultural village southwest of the Sagama Reservoir on the Akkaraipattu – Sangaman road in the interior accessible only by gravel roads which pass through the Sagama Reservoir bund and through vast paddy fields reaching the horizon. 

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Sagama Seya – The Bulldozed Archaeological Site – ඌරක්කායේ නටඹුන් සාගම සෑය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

How the larHow the largest Stupa of Gamini Tissa Monastery known as the Sagama Seya has been bulldozed by the Muslims gest Stupa of Gamini Tissa Monastery has been bulldozed by the Muslims

The massive ancient Sagama Seya was bulldozed through the center across its relic chambers by unscrupulous elements in 2012. The 2000 year old stupa was destroyed beyond restoration and the relics of the relic chambers were stolen.

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Sudugala Archaeological Site in Sagama – සාගම සුදුගල පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

The pond on the rock — Pannathgoda Rajamaha Viharaya

Ruins of an ancient pond on the rock called Sudugala west of Panama Reservoir along the sandy exterior roads has been discovered and designated as a protected archaeological site.

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Abayasinghepura Archaeological Site in Panama – පානම අභයසිංහපුර පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

The bolder cluster at Abayasinghepura where the ruins lie according to the gazette.

Along the northern border of Panama along the edges of the Panama lagoon in the area known as Abayasinghepura lies the sandy road which leads to the Panama fishing village and the lagoon mouth. Ruins of an ancient buddhist civilization on one of the rocky outcrops along the road with a drip ledge cave and other artifacts has been discovered

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Thonikal Kandam Archaeological Site in Sagama – සාගම තෝනිකල් කණ්ඩම් පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Drip ledge caves among the Bowattegala Archaeological Ruins in Kumana

Ruins of an ancient Buddhist monastery complex with dilapidated stupas, drip ledge caves, inscriptions and granite remains of ancient buildings in the Sagama Thonikal Kandam area has been declared as a protected archaeological site.

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Sagama Wattamadu Archaeological Site in Ampara – සාගම වට්ටමඩු පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Remains of the Stupa at Wattarama Rajamaha Viharaya

Ruins of an ancient Buddhist monastery complex with dilapidated stupas, drip ledge caves and granite remains of ancient buildings in the area known as the Vattamadu area which has been declared as a protected archaeological site.

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Sagama Pansalyaya Archaeological Site in Ampara – සාගම පන්සල්යාය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

A drip ledge cave of Sri Wanasinhe Rajamaha Viharaya

Ruins of an Buddhist monastery complex with drip ledge caves and other archaeological remains in the area known as the Pansalyaya area which has been declared as a protected archaeological site.

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Pothana Welyaya Archaeological Site in Ampara – පොතාන වෙල්යාය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Road towards the Pokkanagala Reserve

Ruins of an Buddhist monastery complex with with remains of a stupa and buildings on a hillock in the Pothana Welyaya area which has been declared as a protected archaeological site.

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Pokkanagala Reserve Archaeological Site in Ampara – පොක්කානගල රක්‍ෂිතය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Road towards the Pokkanagala Reserve

Ruins of an Buddhist monastery complex with with remains of a stupa, buildings and drip ledge caves on a hillock in the Pokkanagala Reserve which has been declared as a protected archaeological site.

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