Dakkhina Stupa (Dakshina Stupa) – දක්ෂිණ ස්තුපය

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This is a large brick mound structure , probably an unfinished stupa lying close to sri maha bodhi. Untill recently this site was mistakenly identified as tomb of Elara. This location was identified as the Dhakkhina stupa by professor Paranavitana in 1946.

Based on the chronicles Professor also believed that this was place that remains of the hero king Dutugemunu’s was cremated. According to him initially this was a small stupa which contained the remains of the king and enlarged at a later date.

On the south side of the stupa is a beautiful steel with top part missing. (see picture) The remaining part of the steel contains some finely crafted figure of God of Wealth (Vaisravana) .

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Driving Directions to Anuradhapura (Dakkhina Stupa)

Anuradhapura can be reached through many routes from Colombo. The two main routes are through Puttlam (Puttalama) and though Kurunegala. Traveling from Puttlam you will pass scenic Wilpattu area. the From Kurunegala there are two main routes to Anuradhapura. The most common route is through Dambulla. The other route is though Galgamuwa. Out of all the routes, the commonly used is the Kurunegala – Dambulla route (Route 2).

Route 01 from Colombo to Anuradhapura

Route 02 from Colombo to Anuradhapura

Though : Negombo - Chillaw - Puthlam
distance from colombo :213 km
Travel time : 3 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Through : Ambepussa - Kurunegala - Dambulla
distance from Colombo : 221 km
Travel time : 3.15 hours
Driving Directions : see on google maps

Route 03 from Colombo to Anuradhapura

Route from Kandy to Anuradhapura

Though : Ambepussa - Kurunegala - Padeniya - Thambuthegama
distance from colombo :213 km
Travel time : 3 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Katugastota - Matale - Dambulla
distance from Colombo :139 km
Travel time : 2 hours
Driving directions : see on google map


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