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Manikkamadu Dagoba Archaeological Site in Eragama – එරගම මානික්කවඩු දාගැබ පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Manikkamadu Dagoba Rock

Ruins of an ancient dagoba on a picturesque rock in Manikkamadu with steps hewn on the living rock with many other ruins which has been declared as a protected archaeological site

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Eragama Sapanagar Archaeological Site – එරගම සපානගර් පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Close to the Sapanagar Archaeological site

A rock plain with an ancient inscription, ruins of an ancient stupa and other evidence of a ancient temple complex in the village of Sapanagar in Eragama has been declared as a protected archaeological site in 2014.

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Eragama Reservoir Archaeological Ruins – එරගම වැව පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Eragama Reservoir (Irakkamam Reservoir)

Eragama Reservoir also known as Irakkamam Reservoir in tamil, is one of the largest tanks in the east built by the ancient kings of Sri Lanka found on the route to the Deegavapi Chethiya. This reservoir which had been abandoned

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Niyuguna Purana Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site – නියුගුණ පුරාණ රජමහා විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

The small reservoir beside the Niyuguna Purana Rajamaha Viharaya and the rock behind the temple seen at the far end

Niyuguna Rajamaha Viharaya lies about 600 meters off the Siyamblanduwa – Damana – Ampara Road about 3 kms passing Damana junction towards Ampara. A typical archaeology board directs you to the turn off to a recently concreted road.

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Sengamuwa Archaeological Site – ලාහුගල සෙන්ගමුව පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

The road towards the Sengamuwa Reservoir from Siyambalanduwa - Pottuvil road

Sengamuwa is a small village you will  find on the road to Pottuvil passing the Lahugala Kotavehera. Some ancient stone pillars with ruins of buildings close the Sengamuwa Reservoir has been declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government

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3rd Mile Post Archaeological Site in Pottuvil – පොතුවිල් වික්ටර් වතුයාය තුනේ කනුව පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Ruins of a monastic complex in the 3rd mile post in Victor Estate Grama Niladari Division

These ruins of an ancient stupa belonging to a long forgotten monastery of ancient Sri Lanka lies next to the road from Siyambalanduwa to Pottuvil has been recently restored by the department of archaeology. Other ruins of the monastery is probably hidden in the surrounding jungles.

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Darampanawa Archaeological Site in Pottuvil – පොතුවිල් දාරම්පනාව පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

The road through the jungles passing the Hijra Nagar Muslim housing scheme towards the marked GPS location. lDarampanawa Archaeological Site

A rocky area in the village of Darampanawa in Pottuvil, a rocky area has been identified with drip ledge caves, pre historic cave art, ruins of a stupa and other buildings. This area has been declared as a protected archaeological site.

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Kudakalli Rock Archaeological Site in Arugam Bay – පොතුවිල් කුඩාකල්ලි පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

A rock plain called Kudakalli rock with ruins of ancient buildings and steps hewn in to the living rock of a ancient temple complex in the Kudakalli Village near Kudakalli lagoon in Pottuvil has been declared as a protected archaeological site in 2014.

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Lahugala Hulannuge Archaeological Site in Lahugala – ලාහුගල හුලංනුගේ පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Steps towards the caves of Nella Archaeological Ruins at Namaloya

This rock plain with Drip Ledge caves, remains of ancient stupa, steps hewn in to the living rock and other remnents of a ancient temple complex in the Hulannuge Village on the border of Monaragala and Ampara Districts has been declared as a protected archaeological site.

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Hulannuge Kandahindagama Archaeological Site – හුලංනුගේ කඳහිඳගම පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Steps carved on to the Vehera Pudamaya rock at the Thottama Ariyakara Rajamaha Viharaya

A hillock with ruins of an ancient stupa, granite pillars, stone slabs, remains of buildings, steps cut in the living rock in the village known as Kandahindagama in Hulannuge on border of Monaragala and Ampara Districts

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Lahugala Kirivehera Viharaya Archaeological Site – ලාහුගල කිරිවෙහෙර විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Scattered ruins in the Lahugala Kirivehera Viharaya premises

Ruins of the ancient stupa and scattered ruins of an ancient temple complex inside the Lahugala Kirivehera Viharaya premises in Lahugala was declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government with the Gazette issued on 10th October 2014, and

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Lahugala Thiththawel Mandiya Welyaya Archaeological Site – ලාහුගල තිත්තවැල් මණ්ඩිය වෙල්යාය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Lahugala Thiththawel Mandiya Welyaya area as per the gazette.

Ruins of building with granite pillars in the area known as Thiththawel Mandiya Welyaya in Lahugala has been declared as a protected archaeological site in 2014.

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Lahugala Elakatuwa Welyaya Archaeological Site – ලාහුගල ඇලකටුව වෙල්යාය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

View towards the ruins of Elkatuwa paddy fields on the way to Nilagiri Mahaseya

Elakatuwa is an ancient farming village in Lahugala which even didnt have a proper access road until recently. With the development of the long neglected Neelagiri Maha Seya in the jungles of Lahugala, a concrete road has veen built to

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Lahugala Paranagovipola Aththani Pillar – ලාහුගල පරණගොවිපොල අත්තාණි කනුව

Aththani Pillar Inscription of Lahugala

“Aththani Kanu” or “Aththani Pillar Inscriptions” are ancient granite pillars with inscriptions which generally records special grants by the king to temples and other places of worship.

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Lahugala Ethgala Archaeological Site – ලාහුගල ඇත්ගාල පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

The turn off at the archaeology board to Ethgala and Paranagovipola Ruins

Remains of an ancient rampart and few stone pillars of a ancient building can be found at what villagers called Ethgala (Elephant Stable) passing the Magul Maha Viharaya.

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Sengamuwa Pansalgoda Archaeological Site – ලාහුගල සෙන්ගමුව පන්සල්ගොඩ පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Entrance to the Sengamuwa Army Camp

Sengamuwa is a village you find on the road to Pottuvil passing the Lahugala Kotavehera. Some ancient stone pillars with ruins of buildings inside the Sengamuwa Army Camp has been declared as a protected archaeological site in 2014.

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Lahugala Yalpotha Reservoir Archaeological Site – ලාහුගල යාල්පොත වැව පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Yalpotha Reservoir is an ancient tank lying east of the popular Lahugala Magul Maha Viharaya in Lahugala. This reservoir lies on the right to the road leading to Pottuvil just 600 meters pass the turn off to the Magul Maha Viharaya.

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Lahugala Bogahalanda Archaeological Site – ලාහුගල බෝගහලන්ද පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

A pond being vandalized in search of treasures at Katupelellegala

A rock plain on the Bogahalanda village near Lahugala Magul Maha Viharaya North West of Yalpotha Reservoir  has been declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government with the Gazette issued on 10th October 2014, and describes the location

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Hulannuge Heda Oya Stone Anicut Archaeological Site – හුලංනුගේ හැඩඔය ගල්අමුණ පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Turn off to the Gal Amuna Viyaparaya at Hulannuge

An ancient stone anicut (gal amuna) anicut at Hulannuge on the Heda Oya has been declared as a protected archaeological site.

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Hulannuge Heda Oya Archaeological Site – හුලංනුගේ හැඩඔය අසල පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Turn off to the Gal Amuna Viyaparaya at Hulannuge

Hulannuge Heda Oya Archaeological Site is place with ancient granite pillar ruins on the bank of Heda Oya close to the ancient stone anicut has been declared as a protected archaeological site.

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Panama Wewevehera Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site – පානම වැවේවෙහෙර රජමහා විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Wewevehera Rajamaha Viharaya in Panama

Wawevehera Rajamaha Viharaya (also known as Panama Rajamaha Viharaya) and its ruins lies about five hundred meters away from the heart of the Panama, its ancient reservoir which feeds most of the areas paddy fields. Lying in a cleared patch

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Veherakema Archaeological Site in Panama – පානම වෙහෙරකෙම පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Veherakema Gana Kovil and the rock where ruins of Buddhist Monastery is found

Veherakema in Panama lies about 8.5 km from Panama on the route to Okanda. At the base of a rock in Veherakema lies a small Gana Kovil venerated by Hindus. A foot path from this kovil reaches the large rock plateau where ruins of an ancient monastery complex can be seen.

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Radella Archaeological Site II in Panama – පානම රදැල්ල පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය II

The rock in the middle of the paddy field in Radella where archaeological evidence of an ancient temple exists

Radella is a remote village lying close to the Heda Oya river in Panama belonging to Lahugala Divisional Secretary area in Ampara District. This rock plain in the middle of the Radella paddy fields has been declared as a protected archaeological site

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Radella Archaeological Site I in Panama – පානම රදැල්ල පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය I

View of the rock with ruins from the road towards the Radella Reservoir

Radella is a remote village lying close to the Heda Oya river in Panama belonging to Lahugala Divisional Secretary area in Ampara District. This rock plain on the route to the Radella Reservoir has been declared as a protected archaeological site

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Radella Reservoir Archaeological Site in Panama – පානම රදැල්ල වැව පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Radella Reservoir

Radella Wewa is an ancient reservoir in Radella built to accommodate drainage water from its own catchment. In 1995 and in 2000 the dam breached due to heavy floods and after the final restoration, it supplies water to 405 ha of paddy fields.

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Crocodile Rock Archaeological Site in Panama – පානම කිඹුලාගල පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Crocodile Rock

Crocodile Rock is today a tourist destination for its view of the pristine beaches of the east but unknown to many some drip ledge caves, rock cut steps and ruins of an ancient stupa can be found on this rock. The beach below this rock is a popular surfing point.

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Kunakola Lagoon Archaeological Site in Panama – පානම කුණකොළ කලපුව පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Kunakola Lagoon from the Panama Road

Kunakola Lagoon ( also referred as Kunukola Lagoon, Kunukala Lagoon, Kunakala Lagoon) lies bordering the sea of Panama in the Eastern Province. Lying in the middle of the jungle close to the sea, ruins of an ancient buddhist monastery lies on a rock in the village known as Kunukolakanda.

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Meegahapallama Sellakoya Archaeological Site – මීගහපල්ලම සෙල්ලක්ඔය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Entrance to the Wickramashila Rajamaha Viharaya

Meegahapallama is a farming village on the Kalugolla-Devalahida road between Wadinagala and Ampara.The ancient ruins in the area known as “Sellak Oya” has been declared as a protected archaeological site in 2014.

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Pokunugala Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site in Ambalamoya – අම්බලන්ඔය පොකුණුගල රජමහා විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Ruins of Pukunugala Rajamaha Viharaya

The ancient temple of Pokunugala Kukuluwa Rajamaha Viharaya lies on an area covering number of rocky plains and is a popular buddhist temple in the area. The large rock pond at the top of a probably gave the temple its name.

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Thottama Kukuluwa Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site – තොට්ටම කුකුළුවා රජමහා විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Ruins of Thottama Kukuluwa Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site

Thottama is an remote village far away from any major road network in Damana Divisional Secretaries Division. The ancient temple of Thottama Kukuluwa Rajamaha Viharaya is believed to be built during the 1st century BC to the time of king Saddhatissa.

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Thottama Ariyakara Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site – තොට්ටම අරියාකාර රජමහා විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Washed away ruins at the top of the Vehera Pudamaya rock at the Thottama Ariyakara Rajamaha Viharaya

Thottama is an remote village far away from any major road network in Damana Divisional Secretaries Division. The ancient temple of Thottama Ariyakara Rajamaha Viharaya is believed to be built during the 1st century BC to the time of king Saddhatissa.

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Mirahala Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site in Bakmitiyawa – බක්මිටියාව මීරහල රජමහා විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Dilapidated stupa of Miragala Rajamaha Viharaya

Mirahala Rajamaha Viharaya (Meerahala Rajamaha Viharaya) is an ancient temple complex in Bakmitiyawa with a history going back as far as 1st century BC to the times of king Saddhatissa. It is said that the name the villagers in this area has been distilling from Mee flowers thus the name “Mirahala” (Meerahala) was coined to the area.

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Ilukpitiya Cave Archaeological Site in Hingurana – හිඟුරාන ඉළුක්පිටිය ගල්ලෙන පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Drip ledge caves of Malayadikanda Hillock near Illukpitiya Rajamaha Viharaya

Ilukpitiya Archaeological Cave lies close to the Ilukpitiya Rajamaha Viharaya in Hingurana. This cave was declared as a protected archaeological site in 2014.

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Veheragala Archaeological Site in Damana – දමන වෙහෙරගල පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Towards the Veheragala Archaeological Site in Damana, Ampara

The Veheragala Ruins of Damana lies in the village of Peranigama in Veheragala inside the area known as the 19A colony. These remains of the ancient Digamadulla Kingdom was  declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government with the

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Kethsirigama Archaeological Site in Damana – දමන කෙත්සිරිගම පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Ruins scattered around Illukpitiya Rajamaha Viharaya

Kethsirigama in Damana, Ampara is better Mihindu Aranya Senasanaya, a forest monastery built on an ancient aramic complex which is believed to be going as far as 1st century BC. In addition to this site, there are few other places in Kethsirigama where remains of the ancient Digamadulla Kingdom.

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Madawalalanda Mattayagala Archaeological Site in Ampara- මඩවලලන්ද මොට්ටයාගල පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Drip ledge caves of Malayadikanda Hillock near Illukpitiya Rajamaha Viharaya

In the remote village of Madawalalanda lies two rocky mountains, one named Mattayagala. Number of drip ledge caves and ruins of a ancient buddhist complex have been discovered on this rock which have been declared as protected archaeological monuments.

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Pannalgama Ruwanmaluwa Aranya Senasanaya Archaeological Site in Ampara- අම්පාර රුවන්මළුව ආරණ්‍ය සේනාසනය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

The mountain range of Pannalgama Ruwanmaluwa Aranya Senasana

There are number of sites where ruins of the ancient Digamadulla kingdom exists scattered in the jungles around Pannalgama. One such site is the Ruwanmaluwa Aranya Senasanaya, a living forest hermitage of meditating Buddhist monks.

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Illukpitiya Rajamaha Viharaya and Malayadikanda Archaeological Ruins in Ampara- අම්පාර ඉළුක්පිටිය රජමහා විහාරය හා මලයඩිකන්ද පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Illukpitiya Rajamaha Viharaya at Malayadikanda

Illukpitiya Rajamaha Viharaya (Malayadikanda Rajamaha Viharaya) complex along with the ruins on the Malayadikanda hillock has been dated to the reign of king Kavantissa of Ruhunu kingdom who ruled from 205 BC to 161 BC.

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Ekgaloya Reservoir Archaeological Ruins in Ampara- අම්පාර එක්ගල්ඔය වැව පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Ekgaloya Reservoir

A site of ruined buildings with granite pillars belonging to the ancient Digamadulla kingdom has been discovered on the Ekgaloya Wewa and this area of ruins were declared as a protected archaeological site in 2014.

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Kotawehera A.C. Camp Archaeological Ruins in Ampara- අම්පාර කොටවෙහෙර ඒ. සී. කඳවුර කැලයේ ප්‍රාග් ඓතිහාසික සිතුවම් සහ පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Paragahakele caves with Vedda paintings at A.C. Camp

The village of Kotawehera of Ampara lies about 8.5 km away on the Inginiyagala Road from the Ampara town. Pre historic paintings in drip ledge caves have been discovered in the jungles surrounding the A.C. Camp Village in Kotawehera.

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Udayapura Pillar Inscription and Archaeological Ruins in Ampara- අම්පාර උදයපුර ටැම්ලිපිය සහ පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Nissankamalla Pillar Inscription of Wathuruwa Rajamaha Viharaya

On the village of Mihindupura in Ampara lies ruins of a temple complex including a pillar inscription known as Udayapura Pillar Inscription of the ancient Digamadulu kingdom on the land known as the Pansalwattha.

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Samapura Veheragodella Archaeological Ruins in Ampara – අම්පාර සාමපුර වෙහෙරගොඩැල්ල පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

The ruined stupa of Hambanthota Veheragala Aranya Senasanaya

The hillock with a dilapidated stupa along with granite ruins of ancient buildings on the hillock called Veheragodella in Samapura was declared as a protected archaeological site in 2014,

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Samapura Pullayar Kovil Archaeological Ruins in Ampara – අම්පාර සාමපුර පුල්ලියාර් කෝවිල පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Samapura Pullayar Kovil

Samapura Pullayar Kovil lies just 800 meters from the Ampara roundabout on the Inginiyagala road adjoining the Ampara Wewa. The Rock plain with chronicles at the premises this Pullayar Kovil has been declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government in 2014.

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Aligala Archaeological Ruins in Ampara – අම්පාර අලිගල පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Ruins of Unuwathurabubula Veheragala Aranya Senasanaya in Mahaoya

Between the Hardy Collage and the Japanese Peace Pagoda, lies a rock plain known as Aligala. The archeological evidence of the ancient Digamadulla Kingdom including a rock inscriptions and ruins of buildings  at this site  has been  declared as a

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Kossapola Archaeological Ruins – අම්පාර කොස්සාපොල පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Entrance to the Wavinna Mangalarama Viharaya

The drip ledge cave complex in the Kossapola has been declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government in 2014

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Ampara Saddhatissa Maha Vidyalaya Archaeological Ruins – අම්පාර සද්ධාතිස්ස මහා විද්‍යාලය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Entrance of the Saddhatissa Maha Vidyalaya from Saddhatissa Mawatha

Ampara Saddhatissa Maha Vidyalaya lies less than 2 km from the Ampara main roundabout. The school can be reached through the Deegagamini Road on the Ampara – Uhana road or through the Buddhangala Road on the Ampara – Samanthure road.

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Palaveli Archaeological Ruins in Walathapitiya – වලතාපිටිය පලවෙලි පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Walathapitiya Reservoir

On the village of Palaveli in Walathapitiya lies ruins of a temple complex of the ancient Digamadulu kingdom. A dilapidated stupa ruins of buildings, flights of steps and inscriptions are found on a rocky plain south to the Walathapitiya Wewa

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Walathapitiya Wewa Archaeological Ruins – වලතාපිටිය වැව පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Walathapitiya Reservoir and the bund near the ruins

Ruins of some buildings of the ancient Digamadulu kingdom and be found to the south-east of the spill of Walathapitiya Wewa. The area is bounded by the reservoir on the north-west, the waterway created by the spill (Pitawan Ela) on the South-East and paddy fields on the south and west.

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Dadayamthalawa Malwaththa Seed Farm Archaeological Ruins – දඩයම්තලාව මල්වත්ත බීජ ගොවිපළ පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Entrance to the Malwaththa Seed Farm

Opposite the Dadayamthalawa Wewa (Reservoir) and next to the STF camp in Samanthure lies the Malwaththa (Malwatta) Government Seed Production Farm. On a rock plateau inside the farm lies ruins of a building of the ancient Digamadulla kingdom.

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Sri Dharmendraramaya Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Ruins – උහන ශ්‍රී ධර්මේන්ද්‍රාරාමය රජමහා විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Sri Dharmendraramaya Rajamaha Viharaya

Sri Dharmendraramaya Rajamaha Viharaya in Gonagolla area in Uhana is built upon an ancient temple complex. The ancient ruins found on the grounds of this temple has been  declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government with the Gazette

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