Madawala Namalpura (Namalpuragama) is a remote village lying 11 kms away from the Habarana – Ritigala on a route rarely travelled by any outsider. Hidden inside this village lies an ancient viharaya, Sri Vishuddharamaya with a Tampita Viharaya belonging to the Kandyan Era.
A Tampita Viharaya (Temple on Pillars) 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 and the inner walls are generally covered with frescoes drawn mainly in Kandyan style.
This is a small square Tampita Viharaya but well maintained. Behind the temple lies the picturesque Madawala Wewa, famed for being filled with Manel and Nelum flowers during the season.
This Tampita Viharaya was declared as a protected archaeological monument through the gazette published on 23 February 2007 and describes the site as follows ;
“Tampita Vihara and Inscriptions with cave in Madawala Namalpura Sri Vishuddharama Vihara premises in Madawala Grama Niladhari Division bearing No. 598 in Palugaswewa Divisional Secretariat Division, Anuradhapura District, North Central Province”
To reach the temple from Habarana, take the Maradankadawala road for 6.5 km and take the Palugaswewa Road. You will also see a typical board installed by the archaeology department at the top of this road. Travel 11 km down this road until you reach a cement block paved road to the right. You can see the entrance to the temple at the end of this short lane.
Alternate Names : Namalpura Tampita Viharaya, Namalpuragama Tampita Viharaya, Madawala Tampita Viharaya, Sri Vishuddharama Tampita Viharaya
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Traveling directions to Namalpura Sri Vishuddharama Tampita Viharaya (Madawala Tampita Viharaya)
Route from Habarana to Namalpura Sri Vishuddharama Tampita Viharaya (Madawala Tampita Viharaya)
|Distance : 17.5 km|
Travel time : 35 mins
Time to spend : 30 mins
Driving directions : see on google map