The most well known Buddhist temple is Lahugala is the ancient Magul Maha Viharaya where the wedding ceremony of king Kawantissa and princess Vihara Maha Devi is believed to have taken place in the 3rd century BC. However this area…
Sapumalgaskada is an ancient aramic complex now lying in middle of the virgin shrub jungle off Kalebogaswewa. According to legend, the tooth relic of Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka from the port of Lankapatuna in Trincomalee and the procession had traveled though Sapumalgaskada on its way to Anuradhapura.
Yathurugahuliyadda Rajamaha Viharaya consist of a mixture of new and old buildings and still retains the old charm of a village temple. The current temple has been built during the Kandyan era.
An ancient temple complex going back to pre christian era hidden in the jungles on the Yala Border vandalized by treasure hunters.
Monaragala Rajamaha Viharaya (Mayuragiri Len Viharaya) is an ancient temple complex going back to pre christian era with about 70 caves spread on a rocky hill overlooking toe town of Monaragala.
Pallepola Sri Weluwanaramaya is situated at where the home of the National Hero Weera Keppetipola was located. The Tampita Grain Storage Unit which was part of the house hold over 200 years ago can still seen at this temple.
kandegedaraa Purana Viharaya is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya built during the era of the Kandyan kingdom. The temple lies off Devalagama which lies between Kegalle and Polgahawela.
The Ruins of the Kavutharimunai Shiva Kovil in Pooneryn lies about 9 km on the sandy land mass which stretch for over 22 km below Jaffna Peninsula. The kovil lies 500 meters away from the Kavutharimunai St. Anthony’s Church.
The Ruins of the Manniththalai Shiva Kovil in Pooneryn lies about 12 km on the sandy land mass which stretch for over 22 km below Jaffna Peninsula. The kovil lies 100 meters away from the Manniththalai Jetty.
If you take the lesser traveled route to Jaffna through Pooneryn, The old Survey Tower at Kalmunai is one of the remote points you could visit. The Survey Tower lies at the furthest corner of sand bar below Jaffna peninsula. After…
The most significant item at Santhaiyaar Madam (Ambalama) in Manipay is the ancient pond which is the Pond built with the coral stone. The pond is about 12 meters long and slants towards the bottom of the tank from the side of the road. Steps has been built for easy access to the water when the water levels are low.
The church at Chankanai was initially built in 1641 by the Portuguese but later rebuilt by the Dutch. Only the massive walls with arches remain today of this building which is now protected as an archeology monument.
This U shaped Yamuna Eri pond in Nallur has been built during 1215–1240 or 1478–1519 based on the referance source. This is believed to be a part of the Sangiliyan Mansion in Nallur.
St James’ church in Nallur, is a one of the grandest British churches in Jaffna peninsula. It was opened in 1828 on the site of the original Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil which was destroyed by the Portuguese.
The ruins of the ancient Dutch Church lies adjoining the new St Anthony’s Church. Although the roof had caved in, the huge walls of the church stands tall by the beach on the sandy land.
An ancient pond and other ruins lying on the Point Pedro road at Nelliadi North by the Muthukumara Swamy Kovil. Made of limestone this tank is about 10 meters long.
With part of the Ruins of the Manalkadu Dutch Church buried under the sand due to continued attack of sandy winds for over 100 years, this land mark is provides a unique experience for the visitor.
The Six Pillar Choultry (Aru Kaal Madam) is built on a 70cm high platform with six pillars holding the roof and open from all sides. The other components of this building lies left to this structure.
The Ambalama structure at Theru Moodi Madam is another little gem in Jaffna which very few even knows of its existence. Ambalam (madam) in Jaffna Peninsula is generally different to the such structures in other areas.
Considered the largest if not one the largest Ambalama in Sri Lanka, Sirappar Madam (ambalama) would have been built for pilgrims to Nakuleswaram Kovil in the ancient past.
Foundation of the building complex that Sangili Toppu lying few hundred feet off Sangili Toppu arch which lies at the main road. This is protected archaeological monument.
The old Dutch Kachcheri in Jaffna lies in ruins today after facing the brunt of the war with the LTTE Tamil tiger terrorists for 30 years. The building dates back to the mid 18th century and the details of the origin of this building has been lost in time.
Just 3 km from Jaffna town lies a children’s play ground which is called Old Park. This park has been build by the British Government Agent Ackland Dyke dubbed ‘the Rajah of the North’, on a 27 acre land purchased with his private funds.
The Chunnakam Dutch Market Building has been built over 200 years ago during the Dutch occupatation between 1658 to 1796 and servers the same purpose even today.
The village of Yatimadura lies hidden bordering the Victoria Randenigala Rantambe Sanctuary and on the boarder of Central and Uva province. This hamlet lies far away from any busy road network admist the lush paddy fields bordering Kuda Oya river which marks the border of the wildlife sanctuary.
Katuaththamada Ambalama at Matale is a small ambalama made out of rock and mortar. The building is square in its plan and four large pillars hold the roof made of Calicut clay tiles (Rata Ulu). The pillars are plain and carries no artwork.
Springs are classified as natural, thermal and mineral, according to the chemical composition of its waters. Some of these natural springs are large in size which is referred to as “Bubula” in rural areas. They are mainly distributed in areas…
Panaliya Gotabhaya Gallen Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient cave temple believed to be built by king Gotabhaya who ruled the Ruhunu kingdom in the 2nd century BC on a 400 feet high rocky outcrop 5km off Polgahawela towards Rambukkana.
Vilbawa Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient cave temple on a 200 feet high rocky outcrop 5km off Kurunegala. In dating this site, the oldest artifact which has been found at this site is a pre brami cave inscription which has been dated to late pre Christian era or early Christian era.
Koradoluwa Mayuraselarama Viharaya lies on a rocky outcrop in Polgahawela DS about 6.5 km from the town. According to folklore, this rocky plateau had a large imprint of a peacock thus was called Monaragala in earlier times. Most of the…
Seruwagala Purana Viharaya lies on a large rock plain covering an area of over 50 acres. Current temple at the site goes back to the Kandyan Era but according to folklore this temple has been built during the period of king Walagamba. However no evidence to backup this can be found today.
Alawwa Maligagodella is a rather unknown site with ruins on a rocky outcrop 3.5km off Alawwa town. The area is scattered with ruins of number of ancient buildings.
According to the historic Algama Sannasa, Sri Sangharaja Rajamaha Viharaya has been re built and granted to Weliwita Sri Saranankara Sangaraja Thero by Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 2341 BE (1797 CE).
Dambadeniya Metiyagane Mayurawathi Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient cave temple on the Dambadeniya – Narammala road just 4 km from Dambadeniya. Based on the dating of inscriptions found at the temple the history of the temple goes at least back to the 1st century.
This historic Jack tree known as the Kadawatha Kos Gasa is the only reminder of the entrance to the Kandyan Kingdom through the Balana route. Historic documents states that the tax officers of the king used to rest under this tree.
An unappreciated cave hidden along the railway line and close to the Ihalakotte Station where the great Sangaraja Welivita Sri Saranankara Thero lived as an young samanera after the death of his teacher was killed by king Narendrasinghe
The mountain range of Nathagane had acted as a Monastery, Temple, Fortification and a place complex since the 2nd-3rd century BC. A large number of caves can be found with remains of ancient buildings at this mountain range.
Hambegamuwa Purana Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient viharaya adjoining Hambegamuwa reservoir with a large ancient stupa and stone ruins of an ancient Aramaic complex.
Mattagoda Galekade Ambalama lies close to the Ambagahaspitiya and Aweriyawela ambalamas in Gampaha District. It is a fairly large brick and mortar structure with a inner chamber and a surrounding corridor. Plain square and cylindrical pillars hold the roof. A half height wall is built around the inner chamber with an opening for the entrance at the front.
Amunugoda Ambalama at Gampaha is a 13 feet x 13 feet brick and mortar structure with seven brick pillars holding the roof. All the pillars are plain and carries no artwork. A half height wall is built around the building with an opening for the entrance at the front.
Galmaduwa Sulugulu Purana Viharaya is an ancient temple of belonging to the Anuradhapura era in Mihinthale hidden deep inside the country. An unrestored stupa mound and number of ancient artifacts is an indication of the age of this site.
The 1000 year old ancient Na (Ironwood) tree (naga bodhi) at Parakaduwa Bodhimaluwa Sri Nagabodhi Viharaya is said to be planted by king Mahinda V in 1025.
Mathurata Wattaramthanne Purana Viharaya is hidden ancient temple off Mathurata on the route to Mandaramnuwara with some unique stone carvings not found anywhere else,
A stone Pinthaliya which was kept by the roads filled with water for the wary travellers during the times of kings. The Pinthaliya at Wataddara stands right opposite the Wataddara Ganekanda Sri Sumanarama Purana Viharaya.
Balabowa is a small town between Minuwangoda and Veyangoda in Gampaha District. This is a brick and mortar structure with four brick pillars holding the roof. All the pillars are plain and carries no artwork. A half height wall is built around the building with an opening for the entrance at the front.
Kossinna is a small town between Kadawatha and Ganemulla in Gampaha District. This is a brick and mortar structure with seven brick pillars holding the roof. All the pillars are plain and carries no artwork. A half height wall is built around the building with an opening for the entrance at the front.
Bulugahagoda is a small town between Ragama and Ganemulla in Gampaha District. The Bulugahagoda Ambalama is an way side rest believed to be built about 100 years ago. An Ambalama is a place constructed for pilgrims, traders and travelers to rest or spend the night in the ancient Sri Lanka.
Murukkuwatawana is a remote village lying on the Tabbowa – Miyellawa road surrounded by jungle from all four sides. The ancient temple complex at Murukkuwatawana lies at the center of a large rocky outcrop adjoining the village.
Diyabate Purana Viharaya lies between Yapahuwa and Madagalla on the Maho – Madagalla Road. Turning right at Konwewa and traveling 2 km will bring you to this desolated temple complex built at the bottom of a massive rock at Diyabate.…
The conserved site of Meewalapathaha Archaeological Reserve lies resides in and around the Meewalapathaja Purana Chaithaya Wardhanaramaya temple. The site consist of a a preserved ancient stupa built on a square platform. A stone slab flower alter and other granite artifacts found during the excavations can be seen displayed around the stupa.