Kamburupitiya Ransegoda (Ranchagoda) Purana Viharaya is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya built during the Kandyan era. This temple lie between Makandura and Kamburupitiya, 5 km off Kamburupitiya town, 3.5 km off Makandura and 24 km from Matara.
To reach Kamburupitiya Ransegoda (Ranchagoda) Ancient Temple from Matara take the Thihagoda road and travel 18 kms to Kamburupitiya. From Kamburupitiya take the Makandura road for 5.3 km to reach the temple.
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.
According to folklore king Dappula (659-659) of Anuradhapura kingdom had buit a stupa here enshrining a stupa made of Gold this this area was known as Ran-Se-Goda. According to records in the temple, the current temple has been built around 1715.
The temples image house is two storied but the new paintings have been drawn over the original murals destroying its antiquty. Another archaeologically valuable artifact found close to the temple is a 6 x 4 inch wooden board with a finely carved sketch of a 3 storied palace.
This Temple is listed have a Tampita Viharaya is in the “Sri Lankawe Tampita Vihara” book by Kusumsiri Wijayawardhana. No further information on a Tampita Viharaya at this temple is available.
published by Department of Archaeology
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Map of the Kamburupitiya Ransegoda Purana Tampita Viharaya
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Driving Directions to Kamburupitiya Ransegoda Purana Tampita Viharaya
Route from Matara to Kamburupitiya Ransegoda Purana Tampita Viharaya
|Though : Thihagoda – Kamburupitiya|
distance : 23 km
Travel time :45 mins
Time to spend : 20 – 30 mins
Driving directions : see on google map