Sri Vishuddharamaya in Dikwela is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya built during the era of the Kandyan kingdom.
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. Inner and outer walls of the buildings are painted with themes such as Suvisi Vivaranaya, Jathaka stories and other Buddhist themes using natural colours in Kandyan Sittara style. These buildings were a popular religious architectural design during the Kandyan period.
Unfortunately this Tampita Viharaya has been modernized losing all its architectural and historical value. Only the granite pillars seems to be of the original viharaya.
This temple lies 7 km from Dankotuwa town and 18 km off Negombo. To reach the temple from Negombo travel towards Chilaw for 7.5 km and take the Madempe road from Thoppuwa Junction. Travel 3.5 km on this road upto Dankotuwa and and take the Pannala road from Dankotuwa. Travel 5.5 km on this road to Wekada and take the Dikwela road along the cemetery boundary for 1.4 km and reach Dikwela. Take the by road to right close to Dickwela St. Agatha’s Church to reach the temple.
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Map of the Dikwela Sri Vishuddharamaya Purana Tampita Viharaya
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Driving Directions to Dikwela Sri Vishuddharamaya Purana Tampita Viharaya
Route from Negombo to Dikwela Sri Vishuddharamaya Purana Tampita Viharaya
|Though : Dankotuwa|
distance : 18 km
Travel time :45 minutes
Time to spend : 20-30 mins
Driving directions : see on google map