Daulagala Tampita Viharaya – දවුලුගල ටැම්පිට විහාරය

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Daulagala Tampita Viharaya hidden inside a black peper orchard.

Daulagala Tampita Viharaya hidden inside a black pepper orchard.

Daulagala Tampita Viharaya is a tiny shrine built on pillars in middle of the Daulagala town in close proximity to Embekke Devalaya and Lankathilaka Raja Maha Viharaya. You would also find the popular Daulagala Ambalama in the town itself.

A Tampita Viharaya is a structure built on a wooden platform which rests on number of stone stumps usually 3-4 feet tall. The roof is held by a structure built of timber and the walls are generally made of wattle and daub. These buildings were a popular religious architectural design during the Kandyan period.

The Tampita Viharaya at Daulagala is erected on four stone pillar stumps built on a approx 2 1/2 feet high platform filled with gravel. The roof extends up to the edge of the platform and the weight of the roof is borne by six pillars rising from the edge of the platform.

The uniqueness of this structure is that there are no temples in the vicinity. Thus this Tampita viharaya might have been a private temple of a noble family of the Kandyan kingdom similar to the Lewke Tampita Viharaya or the Makehelwala Keppetipola Tampita Viharaya.

Access to this tiny temple is through an insignificant alleyway between 2 shops in the town close the the Ambalama structure. The location marked in the map is approximate. Therefore you will have to ask for the exact location from the town.

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Map of the Daulagala Tampita Viharaya

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Driving Directions to Daulagala Tampita Viharaya

Route from Peradeniya to Daulagala Tampita Viharaya

Though : Kahawatta
distance : 21 km
Travel time :15-30 minutes
Time to spend : 40  mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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