Algama Kanda Ancient Cave Temple – අල්ගම කන්ද පුරාණ ලෙන් විහාරය

Algama Kanda Ancient Cave Temple

Algama Kanda Ancient Cave Temple

Algama Kanda Ancient Cave Temple lies in the District of Kurunegala in the village of Algama. Although this cave temple has not caught the public eye, it has been found that this temple goes back to the time of King Walagamba (89-77 BC) and probably built by him.

The king Walagamba (aka Vattagamini Abaya) spent 14 years in exile hiding from South Indian invaders before he finally manage to chase them away them.

Algama Kanda Ancient Cave Temple

Algama Kanda Ancient Cave Temple

During this time he took refuge in number of caves through out the country hiding from spies and gathering forces to defeat the invaders. After he re instated himself as the rightful king of the country, it is said that he built cave temples in every cave he took refuge during his exile.

Archaeology department has found that this temple shows work during the periods of Walagamba (89-77 BC), Kithsiri Mevan (303-311) and Kandyan periods. About 200 feet above the cave temple is a rock and a tunnel has been in existence between the cave temple and this rock. But with time, it has been sealed off. It is said that this rock has been used as a watch point the king.

A rock inscription in Kothmale Viharaya states Theraputthabaya thero who was one of the 10 worriers of the King Dutugemunu (161-131 BC) lived in this temple after he joined the monkhood. One of the rock caves shows inscriptions written is siam (Thai) language. It is believed that this cave was used by a siamese priest who traveled to Sri Lanka with Upali Maha Thero, who brought upasampada from Siam (now Thailand) to form the Siam Nikkaya during the reign of King Kirti Sri Rajasinghe (1747 – 1781).

Primary Source : Budusarana

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Driving Directions to Algama Kanda Ancient Cave Temple

Route from Colombo to Algama Kanda Ancient Cave Temple

Route from Habarana to Algama Kanda Ancient Cave Temple

Though : Kandy Road – Ambepussa – Polgahawela – Divulkumbura
Distance : 93 km
Travel time : 2.5 hours
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Though : Ja Ela – Diwulapitiya – Giriulla – Narammala
Distance : 95 km
Travel time : 2 hours
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