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Historic Balana Kadawatha Kos Gasa – බලන කඩවත කොස් ගස

The historic Kadawatha Kos Gaha (Kadawatha Jack Tree)

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.

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Ihalakotte Sangaraja Lena – ඉහලකෝට්ටේ සංඝරාජ ලෙන (සඟ­ර­ජ­ලෙන)

Sangaraja Lena - where Welivita Sri Saranankara Thero lived for a while near the rail line

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

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Nathagane Ancient Cave Temple Complex Ruins – නාථගනේ පුරාණ ලෙන් විහාරය නටබුන්

The second ancient image house at the Nathagane Ancient Cave Temple Complex in Kurunegala

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.

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Hambegamuwa Purana Rajamaha Viharaya – හම්බේගමුව පුරාණ රජමහා විහාරය

Ancient Muthumala Stupa after conservation at Hambegamuwa Purana Rajamaha Viharaya

Hambegamuwa Purana Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient viharaya adjoining Hambegamuwa reservoir with a large ancient stupa and stone ruins of an ancient Aramaic complex.

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Mattagoda Galekade Ambalama in Gampaha – ගම්පහ මත්තගොඩ ගලේකඩේ අම්බලම

Mattagoda Ambalama in Gampaha

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.

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Amunugoda Ambalama in Gampaha – ගම්පහ අමුණුගොඩ අම්බලම

Amunugoda Ambalama in Gampaha

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.

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Mihintale Galmaduwa Sulugulu Purana Viharaya – මිහින්තලේ ගල්මඩුව සුලුගුලු පුරාණ විහාරය

The ancient stupa now resembling a mound of earth at the Mihinthale Galmaduwa Sulugulu Purana Viharaya

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.

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Historic Naga Bodhi at Parakaduwa Bodhimaluwa Sri Nagabodhi Viharaya – පරකඩුව බෝධිමළුව ශ්‍රී නාගබෝධි විහාරය

The 1000 year old ancient Na (Ironwood) tree (naga bodhi) planted by king Mahinda V in 1025 at Parakaduwa Bodhimaluwa Sri Nagabodhi Viharayathe

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.

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Mathurata Wattaramthanne Purana Viharaya – මතුරට වට්ටාරම්තැන්න පුරාණ විහාරය

Mathurata Wattaramthanne Purana Viharaya

Mathurata Wattaramthanne Purana Viharaya is hidden ancient temple off Mathurata on the route to Mandaramnuwara with some unique stone carvings not found anywhere else,

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Wataddara Gal Pinthaliya in Gampaha – ගම්පහ වටද්දර ගල් පිංතාලිය

Wataddara Gal Pinthaliya in Gampaha

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.

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Balabowa Ambalama in Gampaha – ගම්පහ බලබෝව අම්බලම

Balabowa Ambalama in Gampaha

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.

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Kossinna Ambalama in Gampaha – ගම්පහ කොස්සින්න අම්බලම

Kossinna Ambalama in Gampaha

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.

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Bulugahagoda Ambalama in Gampaha – ගම්පහ බුළුගහගොඩ අම්බලම

Gampaha Bulugahagoda Ambalama

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.

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Murukkuwatawana Gallen Rajamaha Viharaya – මුරුක්කුවටවන ගල්ලෙන් රජමහා විහාරය

The conserved stupa at the top of the rock in Murukkuwatawana Gallen Rajamaha Viharaya

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.

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Diyabate Purana Len Viharaya – දියබටේ පුරාණ විහාරය

Diyabate Purana Viharaya

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.

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Meewalapathaha Archaeological Reserve – මීවලපතහ පුරාවිද්‍යා රක්ෂිතය / මීවලපතහ පුරාණ චෛත්‍ය වර්ධනාරාමය

Meewalapathaha Archaeological Reserve

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.

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Maha Andarawewa Archaeological Reserve / Andarawewa Walagamba Rajamaha Viharaya – මහ අන්දරවැව පුරාවිද්‍යා රක්ෂිතය / අන්දරවැව වලගම්බා රජමහා විහාරය

Ruins of the ancient stupa at Maha Andarawewa Archaeological Reserve / Andarawewa Walagamba Rajamaha Viharaya

Maha Andarawewa Archaeological Reserve at the Andarawewa Walagamba Rajamaha Viharaya lies on the Puttalam – Galgamuwa road, close to Nawagattegama. The site is 42km away from Puttalam and 19 km away from Galgamuwa.

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Ruins on the Matara Galgodiyana Island – මාතර ගල්ගොඩියාන දූපත බෞද්ධ නටබුන්

Ruins on the Matara Galgodiyana Island

Galgodiyana is an island off Matara lying less than 200 meters off land with ruins of a Stupa and a mystic entrance built with boulders. These structures has been built by a Thai prince who had taken up robes in Sri Lanka in late 19th century.

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Buttala Yatiyallathota Kutumbala Rajamaha Viharaya – බුත්තල යටියල්ලාතොට කුටුම්බාල රජමහා විහාරය

The larger of the dilapidated stupas of Yatiyallathota Kutumbala Rajamaha Viharaya

Buttala Yatiyallathota Kutumbala Rajamaha Viharaya is believed to be during the reign of Mahanaga, brother of king Devanampiatissa (250-210 BC). One of the two large stupa still remains as mound of earth while a new stupa has been built on top of the other.

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Eethanawatta Meddegoda Purana Tampita Viharaya – ඊතණවත්ත මැද්දේගොඩ පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Eethanawatta Meddegoda Purana Tampita Viharaya

The Tampita Viharaya at the Eethanawatta Purana Viharaya is built upon 12 granite pillars. A narrow circumambulating path around the main chamber can be seen. The outer wall of the inner chamber is covered in paintings. Entrance to the chamber is through a finely decorated Makara Throrana (Dragon Arch).

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Buttala Gonaganara Walagamba Purana Viharaya – බුත්තල ගෝනගංආර වලගම්බා පුරාණ විහාරය

The ancient stupa of the Buttala Gonaganara Walagamba Purana Viharaya

Walagamba Purana Viharaya in Gonaganara in Buttala is an ancient temple scatted with ruins of the ancient civilization in Rohana area. The temple is hidden deep inside Buttala on the Sella Kataragama road.

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Buttala Katugahagalge Rajamaha Viharaya – බුත්තල කටුගහගල්ගේ රජමහා විහාරය

The 300 feet long main cave which contains the image house and the Sangawasa - Buttala Katugahagalge Rajmaha Viharaya

Katugahagalge Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient cave temple with its origin going back to pre christian era with some unique features including a Nissanka Gau Inscription pillar,

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Mullegama Mulgirigala Rajamaha Viharaya – මුල්ලේගම මුල්ගිරිගල රජමහා විහාරය

The main cave temple of Mullegama Mulgirigala Rajamaha Viharaya

Mullegama Mulgirigala Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient cave temple with inscriptions recording donations to maha sanga which has been dated to 1st – 3rd centuries BC.

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Unambuwa Purana Tampita Viharaya – උණම්බුව පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Unambuwa Purana Tampita Viharaya

At the ancient temple at Unambuwa, you will find a Tampita Viharaya built during the Kandyan era. A Tampita Viharaya is a structure built on a wooden platform which rests on number of stone stumps usually 3-4 feet tall.

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Thulhiriya Mangedara Tampita Viharaya – තුල්හිරිය මංගෙදර ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Mangedara Tampita Viharaya at Thulhiriya

Mangedara is a small Tampita Viharaya built during the Kandyan era which still maintains its original charm. The temple lies few kilometers from Ambepussa junction and is accessible from either Kurunegala road or Kandy road.

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Bothale Welameda Ambalama in Gampaha – බෝතලේ වෙලමැද අම්බලම

View of Bothale Welameda Ambalama over the lush paddy fields

In the middle of lush green paddy fields of Bothale lies an dilapidated Ambalama neglected by the authorities. The history of the Bothale village goes back to times of King Gothabaya (253-266 AD) of Anuradhapura kingdom.

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Ranwala Purana Tampita Viharaya – රංවල පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Ranwala Purana Tampita Viharaya

Ranwala Purana Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya  hidden just few hundred meters away from the Colombo Kandy road just before the Kegalle town.

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Badalkumbura Veheragoda Purana Rajamaha Viharaya – බඩල්කුඹුර වෙහෙරගොඩ පුරාණ රජමහා විහාරය

The ancient image house of Badalkumbura Veheragoda Purana Rajamaha Viharaya

Although quite small, the image house of Badalkumbura Veheragoda Purana Rajamaha Viharaya looks as a art gallery in a time capsule. The entrance to the image house is made of a heavy wooden door frame. The top bar of the frame shows some carvings. A blue paint has been used to paint the door and its frame.

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Maradankadawala Maminiyawa Rajamaha Viharaya – මරදන්කඩවල මාමිනියාව රජමහා විහාරය

The damaged Buddha statue carved during the reign of king Mahasen

Maminiyawa Purana Rajamaha Viharaya is located in front of ‘Maminiyawa Wewa’ which is one of the six biggest reservoirs built by King Mahasen. Name of this sacred place is mentioned as ‘Surulu Maminiyawa’ in the book of ‘Nampotha’ which contains the names of ancient temples and fanes (Devale) in Sri Lanka.

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Hambegamuwa Aluthwewa Kotavehera Buddhist Ruins – හම්බෙගමුව අළුත්වැව කොටවෙහෙර බෞද්ධ නටබුණ්

Salgala Monastery

A small stupa and remains of a retaining wall around the stupa located on a rock platform is found at the Hambegamuwa Aluthwewa Kotavehera site. Near the Dagoba is a circle carved on the rock of about 3½ feet in diameter.

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Hambegamuwa Arambekema Buddhist Ruins – හම්බෙගමුව අරඹෙකෙම බෞද්ධ නටබුණ්

The natural rock pool at the top of the Hambegamuwa Rock Plateau

A rocky plateau called Arambekema by the Kalthota – Thanamalwila road in Hambegamuwa with some ancient Buddhist ruins and a large picturesque natural rock pool that never dries up even during droughts,

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Kukurampola Kukuluwa Rajamaha Viharaya – කුකුරම්පොල කුකුළුවා රජමහා විහාරය

The dilapidated stupa of Kukurampola Kukuluwa Rajamaha Viharaya

Kukurampola Kukuluwa Rajamaha Viharaya consists of a ancient dilapidated stupa, now resembling a mound of earth. You will find a number of granite artifacts from the ancient temple gathered around this stupa.

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Pelwatta Mulgiri Rajamaha Viharaya – පැල්වත්ත මුල්ගිරි රජමහා විහාරය

An ancient granite flower alter of Pelwatta Mulgiri Rajamaha Viharaya

The first thing which comes in to mind when you speak about Palwatta is the massive Sugar Plantation. However thousands of years ago this area was a thriving Buddhist community with temples dotting the landscape. There are 3 ancient rajamaha

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Pelwatta Sri Devagiriya Rajamaha Viharaya – පැල්වත්ත ශ්‍රී දේවගිරිය රජමහා විහාරය

A broken guardstone of an ancient building at Pelawatta Horobokka Sri Devagiri Rajamaha Viharaya

Pelwatta Sri Devagiriya Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient temple with ancient granite pillars belonging to at least buildings, various differently shaped and sized flower alters carved out rock can be seen scattered around the temple.

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Pelwatta Sri Ovagiri Rajamaha Viharaya – පැල්වත්ත ශ්‍රී ඔවාගිරි රජමහා විහාරය

Parts of granite pillars of an ancient building at the Pelwatta Ovagiri Rajamaha Viharaya

An ancient temple with ancient granite pillars belonging to at least buildings, various differently shaped and sized flower alters carved out rock can be seen scattered around the temple.

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Buttala Unawatuna Rajamaha Viharaya – බුත්තල උනාවටුන රජමහා විහාරය

Remains of an ancient building at the Buttala Pelawatta Unawatuna Rajamaha Viharaya

Unawatuna is small town on the Wellawaya – Buttala road belonging the Buttala Divisional Secretary’s Division. There are several folklores regarding how this area got its name. One folklore goes back to the time of king Mahanaga who ruled the

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Wellawaya Kinkini Rajamaha Viharaya – වැල්ලවාය කිංකිණි රජමහා විහාරය

Granite pillars of an ancient building at the Handapangala Kinkini Rajamaha Viharaya

Wellawaya Kinkini Rajamaha Viharaya covers a large area scattered with various artifacts belonging to an ancient era. The archeological remains of a stupa , and stone columns of many other buildings is believed to be belongs to the era of King Walagamba (89-77 BC).

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Handapangala Keheliya Rajamaha Viharaya – හඳපාන්ගල කෙහෙලිය රජමහා විහාරය

What remains of the ancient stupa - @ Wellawaya Kehaliya Rajamaha Viharaya

Handapangala is today synonymous with wild elephants due the elephant corridor but thousands of years ago this area was a thriving Buddhist community with temples dotting the landscape. Handapangala lies 10 km off Wellawaya and 25 km off Thanamalwila on

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Handapangala Weherayaya 3rd Sector Archaeological Reserve – හඳපාන්ගල වෙහෙරයාය 3වන අදියර පුරාවිද්‍යා රක්ෂිතය

A washed out ancient stupa at the Weherayaya 3rd Sector Archaeological Reserve

Deep in the jungles in Ethiliwewa off Handapangala, lies the Weherayaya 3rd Sector Archaeological Reserve with the ruins of an ancient temple complex. Monolithic stone pillars some still standing on their original place, broken pillars, scatter this land indicating a floreshing temple in the Ruhunu kingdom.

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Weherayaya Sri Gangarama Rajamaha Viharaya – හඳපාන්ගල වෙහෙරයාය ශ්‍රී ගංගාරාම රජමහා විහාරය

This new stupa has been built upon the ancient stupa at the top of the rock at Handapangala Weherayaya Sri Gangarama Rajamaha Viharaya

Weherayaya Sri Gangarama Rajamaha Viharaya is a modern Pirivena built on top of an ancient monastery. Ruins of the ancient era now lies scattered among the new buildings.

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Kokabe Archaeological Reserve and Megalithic Burial Ground – කොක්එබේ (කොක්ඇබේ) පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Monastic Ruins of Kokabe

Kokabe Archaeological Reserve has been dated to pre christian era and lies off the beaten track far way from civilization and pilgrim routes in the jungles off Horowpathana.

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Bentota Bemvehera Gane Rajamaha Viharaya – බෙන්තොට බෙම්වෙහෙර ගණේ රජමහා විහාරය

Bentota Bemvehera Gane Rajamaha Viharaya

Bentota Bemvehera Gane Rajamaha Viharaya is one of the five temples which belonged to the Bentota Rajamaha Viharaya which was built during the king Devanampiyatissa.

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Bentota Bodhimalu Rajamaha Viharaya – බෙන්තොට බෝධිමළු රජමහා විහාරය

Bentota Bodhimalu Rajamaha Viharaya

Bodhimalu Rajamaha Viharaya has been built during the reign of the minister Devaprathiraja of the king Saddhatissa (137-119 BC) by the minister Devapathiraja. It is believed that one of the first 32 samplings of from Sri Maha Bodhi is planted here.

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Udakotuwa Bodhi Sameepa Bentota Rajamaha Viharaya – බෙන්තොට උඩකොටුව බෝධි සමීප රජමහා විහාරය

Udakotuwa Bodhi Sameepa Bentota Rajamaha Viharaya

Udakotuwa Bodhi Sameepa Bentota Rajamaha Viharaya is one of the five temples which belonged to the Bentota Rajamaha Viharaya which was buit during the king Devanampiyatissa.

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Poramadulla Ambalama – පොරමඩුල්ල අම්බලම

Poramadulla Ambalama

Hidden behind a large cement arch of the entrance to the Poramadulla Vidyakara Maha Vidyalaya you will find the dilapidated Poramadulla Ambalama neglected and forgotten.

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Kandekumbura Ambalama – කන්දෙකුඹුර අම්බලම

The Kandekumbura Ambalama on the Katugastota - Kurunegala road as seen on 2015. Due to lack of maintenance this ambalama has further deteriorated.

According to Rohitha Dasanayake of Peradeniya University, Kandekumbura Ambalama has been built on 1st March 1938 by a person called Galpatigedhara Kiripuncha. Even though this structure lies just beside a main road, its roof and the structure is crumbling and weeds cover the surrounding area.

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Dikwella Rathmale Ambalama – ලංකාවේ එකම මහල් දෙකේ රත්මලේ අම්බලම

Rathmale Ambalama - The only two storied ambalama in Sri Lanka

The unique Rathmale Ambalama is the only two storied ambalama found in the country. The upper floor of the ambalama is said to be used by the priests and the lower floor by the laymen.

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Matara Parawahera Ambalama – මාතර පරවාහැර අම්බලම

Matara Parawahera Ambalama

Parawahera Ambalama is a brick and mortar wayside rest lying 9 kms from Matara on the Ratmale Road. Ambalama is a way side rest built during the times of kings at various strategic places on popular routes for the weary

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Iratperiyakulama Shailabimbarama Purana Viharaya – ඊරට්ටපෙරියකුලම (ඉරට්පෙරියකුලම) ශෛලබිම්බාරාම පුරාණ විහාරය

Iratperiyakulama Shailabimbarama Purana Viharaya

Iratperiyakulama is a village lying on the A9 route (Kandy – Jaffna) 19 km passing Medawachchiya and 6 km before Vavuniya. The temple lie on the right next to the road built on an ancient Buddhist Monastic Complex. It is said that the temple was spread over an area of over 1 sq. kilometer but today has been restricted to a mere 2-3 acres.

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Maunawa Purana Tampita Viharaya – මාඋනාව පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Maunawa Purana Tampita Viharaya

Maunawa Purana Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya hidden on the Chilaw – Wariyapola road. Unfortunately this temple has been renovated in 1910 destroying all its antiquity.

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