Galmaduwa Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site at Hingurana – හිඟුරාන ගල්මඩුව රජමහා විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

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Granite pillars of an ancient building at the Galmaduwa Rajamaha Viharya in Hingurana

Granite pillars of an ancient building at the Galmaduwa Rajamaha Viharya in Hingurana
Photo courtesy of Dr. Ashan Geeganage

Hingurana,  which belongs to the Ampara district has been part of the ancient Digamdulla Kingdom which had flourished since the pre – christian era.

The Galmaduwa Rajamaha Viharaya which lies right next to the Ampara – Hingurana Road, just 6km from Ampara town, is an ancient temple complex with most of its ruins still unexplored. This temple has been declared as an protected archaeological site.

An ancient  dilapidated stupa covered in growth now resembling a small mount of earth, granite pillars of ancient buildings and many other artifacts of the ancient viharaya can be seen at this temple premises. The temple has been declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government with the Gazette issued on 26th December 2014, and describes the location as follows ;

“All archeological evidences including stone pillars and places of ancient buildings at the premises of  Galmaduwa Rajamaha Vihara situated in Grama No. 05, Galmaduwa in Grama Niladhari Division No. W/27/H, Galmaduwa in the Divisional Secretary’s Division, Damana in Ampara District in Eastern Province. (Latitude 07º26´ 23.5´´ N and longitude 81º68´ 93.2´´ E).”

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Map of  Galmaduwa Rajamaha Viharaya

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Travel Directions to Galmaduwa Rajamaha Viharaya

Route from Ampara to Galmaduwa Rajamaha Viharaya

Through : Ampara – Hingurana Road
Distance : 6 km
Travel time :15 min
Time to spend : 30  mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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