Bembawa Archaeological Site at Yala (යාල බැඹව පුරාවිද්‍යා නටබුන්)

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As you travel on the Sithulpawwa Road in Kirinda towards the ancient Sithulpawwa Temple inside the Yala National Park for about 10 km, the Wildlife Department Gate at the Yala Border is located in Bembawa. The Wildlife Department buildings at the gate is located on the archaeological site where scattered ruins of an ancient temple complex can be seen.

One significant feature of this site is the lack of bricks. It is believed that the structures have been built with rocks and most probably they have been stupas.

Professor Raj Somadeva has identified that this place as a megalithic cist burial ground. Considering the structures on the rock outcrops, they are also likely to be megalithic burials. Large stone slabs found near these structures are most likely part of these burials.

List of Archaeological Sites inside Yala and Kumana National Parks


  • Somadeva, R., 2006. URBAN ORIGINS IN SOUTHERN SRI LANKA. Doctoral Thesis in Archaeology. Uppsala University.

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Map of Kirinda Bembawa Archaeological Site

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Travel Directions to Bembawa Archaeological Site

The park can be reached through Southern Highway. It is 275 kilometers away (shortest path through Ratnapura avoiding the Highway but travel time is longer) from Colombo.

Route from Colombo to Yala National Park  (Ruhuna) EntranceRoute from Kataragama to Yala National Park  (Ruhuna) Entrance
Through : Southern Highway – Mattala – Tissamaharama – Kirinda
Distance : 275 km
Travel time : 4.30 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Through Tissamaharama – Kirinda
Distance : 40 km
Travel time : 45 minutes.
Driving directions : see on google map
Route from Hambanthota to  Bembawa Archaeological Site
Through :  Kirinda – Sithulpawwa Road
Distance : 42 km
Travel time :1/2 hour
Driving directions : see on google map


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