Aligambai is one of the villages situated in Alayadivembu Divisional Secretariat Division in Ampara district. The people living in Aligambai belong to a special indigenous group of gypsies who used to have their ways and life styles and speak a different language from the rest of the larger community. As the time passed by, however, this particular community has been transformed from a more or less a tribal group pattern to civilized common people of today who speak both their native language and the Tamil language.
These Buddhist Archaeology Ruins lies on number of rocky outcrop amidst vast paddy fields of Aligambai. These ruins are spread over an vast area covering several rock surfaces all lying in a cluster. Remains of at least 2 stupas are seen on 2 rocks now almost completely destroyed.
There are several large kema’s (stone ponds) on some of the rocks which would had supplied water to the meditating bikkhus in this monastery.
Any other ruins of this ancient Buddhist monastery which would have existed in the surrounding area below the rock has long disappeared among the paddy fields. Many stone pillars and pillar bases scattered around these ruins indicate that this would have been a complete monastery with number of buildings during its glory days.
There is ruins of another stupa atop a rock 1.7 km south-east of these ruins which also could be a sister monastery of this larger site.
At the rate the Buddhist monuments and Buddhist archaeological evidence are been wiped out in the North and Eastern regions, remains of this site too one day disappear over a single night without a trace of these important sites are not preserved for the future generations.
Map of the Aligambai Buddhist Archaeology Site 2
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Traveling Directions to the Aligambai Buddhist Archaeology Site 2
|Route from Ampara to Aligambai Buddhist Archaeology Site 2|
|Through : Akkaraipattu|
Distance : 44 km
Travel time : 1 hour
Time to spend : 30 mins
Driving directions : see on google maps