Bandagiriya Rajamaha Viharaya – බඳගිරිය පුරාණ විහාරය

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New and the old of Bandagiriya Rajamaha Viharaya

New and the old of Bandagiriya Rajamaha Viharaya
Photo courtesy of Dr. Ashan Geeganage

Bandagiriya forms the highest point in Hambantota District. Located at its summit is the ancient Bandagiriya Vihara (temple). In Dathuwamsa, one of the ancient chronicles of Sri Lankan history, it is mentioned that this temple was built by King Kawantissa in the 2nd century BC.

The name is also mentioned in ancient graffiti discovered at the the city of Sigiriya (6th to 8th century AD). At Bandagiriya two Stupas and a statue of the seated Buddha in meditation stand amidst scattered ruins. Bandagiriya provides quiet and peaceful surroundings and forms a wonderful vista to enjoy the sunset.

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Driving Directions to Bandagiriya Rajamaha Viharaya

Route from Colombo to Ancient Bandagiriya Temple

Route from Tissamaharama Road to Ancient Bandagiriya Temple

Though : Ratnapura – Pelmadulla – Udawalawe – Embilipitiya – Nonagama – Habanthota
distance : 230 km
Travel time : 5 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
distance : 9 km
Travel time : 10 mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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