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).”
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