Lewke is a aristocratic family who were entrusted with number of royal positions during the Kandyan kingdom. According to some legends the bloodline of Lewkes were originated from the Brhamanas who came to island during the 11th century during the reign of king Vijayabahu I. The area where the Lewke Walawwa lies (Wakirigala) was used by Prince Vijayabahu as a temporary defence base when he lost his first battle against the “Chola” Invaders around 1066. According to other legends, the origins of Lewke lineage goes back to the Dambadeniya Era.
Lewke Walawwa no longer belongs to the original Lewke descendants and today its occupied by an old gentleman who is not very happy to welcome anybody in to the premises. The original wallawa no longer exists and is replaced by a newer house which is also dilapidated. A door frame which is believed to belonging to the original Lewke Walawwa can still be seen on the new house. The land of Lewke Walawwa has shrunk to little over 2 acres from over 350 acres. But the Tampita Viharaya built by the second Lewke Dissawe has been restored by the archaeological department lies above the house.
The Pilima Ge on the Tampita Viharaya is 12 feet 8 inches in length and 8 feet in width. The front area is 16 feet in length and 13 feet in length. 14 wooden pillars with carvings can be seen on this structure. These carvings include the mythical Herunda Pakshiya bird and the swan.
To reach this Tampita Viharaya take the Aranayake road from Mawanella and travel 4.5 km upto Ussapitiya and take the Hettimulla road. Travel 3.75 kilometers on this road and reach Pattagama passing the Sudugala Bodhiya. On the route to the Danthirigala Rajamaha Viharaya, take the road adjoining the Pattagama School and travel pass the paddy fields to reach the land of the Walawwa.
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Map of Lewke Tampita Viharaya
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Traveling to Lewke Tampita Viharaya
Route from Ruwanwella to Lewke Tampita Viharaya
|Distance : 8.5 km|
Travel time : 20 mins
Driving directions : see on google map