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Monaragala Rajamaha Viharaya – මොණරාගල රජමහා විහාරය (මයුරගිරි ලෙන් විහාරය)

Mayuragiri Len Viharaya marked as #5 in the map - Monaragala Rajamaha Viharaya (Mayuragiri Len Viharaya)

Monaragala Rajamaha Viharaya (Mayuragiri Len Viharaya) is an ancient temple complex going back to pre christian era with about 70 caves spread on a rocky hill overlooking toe town of Monaragala.

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Tampita Grain Storage Unit at Pallepola Sri Weluwanaramaya – පල්ලේපොල ශ්‍රී වේළුවනාරාමය ටැම්පිට ධාන්‍ය අටුව

Tampita Grain Storage Unit at Pallepola Sri Weluwanaramaya

Pallepola Sri Weluwanaramaya is situated at where the home of the National Hero Weera Keppetipola was located. The Tampita Grain Storage Unit which was part of the house hold over 200 years ago can still seen at this temple.

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Kandegedara Purana Tampita Viharaya – කන්දෙගෙදර පුරාණ ටැම්පිට රජමහා විහාරය

Kandegedara Purana Tampita Viharaya main statue before restoration

kandegedaraa Purana Viharaya is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya built during the era of the Kandyan kingdom. The temple lies off Devalagama which lies between Kegalle and Polgahawela.

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Ruins of the Kavutharimunai Shiva Kovil in Pooneryn – පූනරීන් කවුතරිමුනෙයි ශිව කෝවිල නටබුන්

Ruins of the Kavutharimunai Shiva Kovil in Pooneryn

The Ruins of the Kavutharimunai Shiva Kovil in Pooneryn lies about 9 km on the sandy land mass which stretch for over 22 km below Jaffna Peninsula. The kovil lies 500 meters away from the Kavutharimunai St. Anthony’s Church.

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Ruins of the Manniththalai Shiva Kovil in Pooneryn – පූනරීන් මන්නිත්තලායි ශිව කෝවිල නටබුන්

Ruins of the Manniththalai Shiva Kovil in Pooneryn

The Ruins of the Manniththalai Shiva Kovil in Pooneryn lies about 12 km on the sandy land mass which stretch for over 22 km below Jaffna Peninsula. The kovil lies 100 meters away from the Manniththalai Jetty.

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Kalmunei Old Survey Tower in Pooneryn – පූනරීන් කල්මුනේ පුරාණ මිනුම් කුලුණ

Kalmunei Old survey post in Jaffna

If you take the lesser traveled route to Jaffna through Pooneryn, The old Survey Tower at Kalmunai is one of the remote points you could visit. The Survey Tower lies at the furthest corner of sand bar below Jaffna peninsula. After

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Santhaiyaar Madam (Ambalama) in Manipay, Jaffna – යාපනය මනිපේ සාන්තයියාර් මඩම (අම්බලම)

Santhaiyaar Madam (Ambalama) in Manipay, Jaffna

The most significant item at Santhaiyaar Madam (Ambalama) in Manipay is the ancient pond which is the Pond built with the coral stone. The pond is about 12 meters long and slants towards the bottom of the tank from the side of the road. Steps has been built for easy access to the water when the water levels are low.

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Ruins of the Chankanai Dutch Church in Jaffna – යාපනය චන්කනායි ඕලන්ද පල්ලිය නටබුන්

Ruins of the Chankanai Dutch Church in Jaffna

The church at Chankanai was initially built in 1641 by the Portuguese but later rebuilt by the Dutch. Only the massive walls with arches remain today of this building which is now protected as an archeology monument.

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Yamuna Eri Ancient Pond at Nallur in Jaffna – යාපනය නල්ලුර් යමුණා ඒරි පුරාණ පොකුණ

Yamuna Eri Ancient Pond at Nallur

This U shaped Yamuna Eri pond in Nallur has been built during 1215–1240 or 1478–1519 based on the referance source. This is believed to be a part of the Sangiliyan Mansion in Nallur.

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Nallur St James’ Church – යාපනය නල්ලුර් ශාන්ත ජේම්ස් පල්ලිය

St James church in Nallur built by the Anglicans in 1828

St James’ church in Nallur, is a one of the grandest British churches in Jaffna peninsula. It was opened in 1828 on the site of the original Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil which was destroyed by the Portuguese.

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Ruins of the Dutch Church at Kayts St. Anthony’s Church in Jaffna – යාපනය කයිට්ස් ශාන්ත ඇන්තෝනි පුරාණ ඕලන්ද පල්ලිය ගොඩනැගිල්ල

Ruins of the Dutch Church at St. Anthony's Church in Kayts

The ruins of the ancient Dutch Church lies adjoining the new St Anthony’s Church. Although the roof had caved in, the huge walls of the church stands tall by the beach on the sandy land.

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Ruins of the Ancient Pond at Nelliady Muthukumara Swamy Kovil in Jaffna – යාපනය නෙල්ලිඅඩි මුතුකුමාර ස්වාමි කෝවිල ආශ්‍රිත පුරාණ පොකුණ හා නටබුන්

Ruins of the Ancient Pond at Nelliady Muthukumara Swamy Kovil in Jaffna

An ancient pond and other ruins lying on the Point Pedro road at Nelliadi North by the Muthukumara Swamy Kovil. Made of limestone this tank is about 10 meters long.

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Ruins of the Manalkadu Dutch Church in Jaffna – යාපනය මනල්කඩු පුරාණ ඕලන්ද පල්ලිය ගොඩනැගිල්ල නටබුන්

Ruins of the Manalkadu Dutch Church in Jaffna

With part of the Ruins of the Manalkadu Dutch Church buried under the sand due to continued attack of sandy winds for over 100 years, this land mark is provides a unique experience for the visitor.

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Aru Kaal Madam (Six Pillar Choultry -Ambalama) on Manipay Road in Jaffna – යාපනය ආරු කාල් අම්බලම

Aru Kaal Madam (Six Pillar Choultry -Ambalama) on Manipay Road

The Six Pillar Choultry (Aru Kaal Madam) is built on a 70cm high platform with six pillars holding the roof and open from all sides. The other components of this building lies left to this structure.

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Point Pedro Theru Moodi Madam (Ambalama) in Jaffna – යාපනය පේදුරු තුඩුව තේරු මෝදි අම්බලම

Point Pedro Theru Moodi Madam (Ambalama) in Jaffna

The Ambalama structure at Theru Moodi Madam is another little gem in Jaffna which very few even knows of its existence. Ambalam (madam) in Jaffna Peninsula is generally different to the such structures in other areas.

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Keeramale Sirappar Madam (Ambalama) in Jaffna – යාපනය කීරමලේ සිරාප්පර් අම්බලම

The elaborate pandol at the entrance to the Keeramale Sirappar Madam (Ambalama) in Jaffna

Considered the largest if not one the largest Ambalama in Sri Lanka, Sirappar Madam (ambalama) would have been built for pilgrims to Nakuleswaram Kovil in the ancient past.

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Ruins of the Sangiliyan Mansion in Jaffna – සංගිලි මන්දිරයේ නටබුන්

Ruins of the Sangiliyan Mansion in Jaffna

Foundation of the building complex that Sangili Toppu lying few hundred feet off Sangili Toppu arch which lies at the main road. This is protected archaeological monument.

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Ruins of the Dutch Kachcheri Building in Jaffna – යාපනය ඕලන්ද කච්චේරි ගොඩනැගිල්ල නටබුන්

Ruins of the old Dutch Kachcheri Building in Jaffna

The old Dutch Kachcheri in Jaffna lies in ruins today after facing the brunt of the war with the LTTE Tamil tiger terrorists for 30 years. The building dates back to the mid 18th century and the details of the origin of this building has been lost in time.

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Jaffna Old Park and British Era Queens Pond – යාපනය පැරණි උද්‍යානය හා බ්‍රිත්‍යානය සමයේ පොකුණ

The pond known as Queens Pond which had been part of the governors residence is the only remains of the British park today

Just 3 km from Jaffna town lies a children’s play ground which is called Old Park. This park has been build by the British Government Agent Ackland Dyke dubbed ‘the Rajah of the North’, on a 27 acre land purchased with his private funds.

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Chunnakam Dutch Market Building – චුන්නාකම් ඕලන්ද වෙලඳපොල ගොඩනැගිල්ල

Chunnakam Old Dutch Market Building

The Chunnakam Dutch Market Building has been built over 200 years ago during the Dutch occupatation between 1658 to 1796 and servers the same purpose even today.

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Yatimadura Jethawanarama Rajamaha Viharaya – යටිමාදුර ජේතවනාරාම රජමහා විහාරය

Ruins scattered around the ancient Bodhi tree of Yatimadura Jethawanarama Rajamaha Viharaya

The village of Yatimadura lies hidden bordering the Victoria Randenigala Rantambe Sanctuary and on the boarder of Central and Uva province. This hamlet lies far away from any busy road network admist the lush paddy fields bordering Kuda Oya river which marks the border of the wildlife sanctuary.

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Matale Katuaththamada Ambalama – මාතලේ කටුඅත්තාමඩ අම්බලම

Matale Katuaththamada Ambalama

Katuaththamada Ambalama at Matale is a small ambalama made out of rock and mortar. The building is square in its plan and four large pillars hold the roof made of Calicut clay tiles (Rata Ulu). The pillars are plain and carries no artwork.

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Kebithigollewa Sinhaya Ulpotha – කැබිතිගොල්ලෑව සිංහයා උල්පත

Sinhaya Ulpotha

Springs are classified as natural, thermal and mineral, according to the chemical composition of its waters. Some of these natural springs are large in size which is referred to as “Bubula” in rural areas. They are mainly distributed in areas

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Panaliya Gotabhaya Gallen Rajamaha Viharaya – පනලිය ගෝඨාභය ගල්ලෙන් රජමහා විහාරය

Panaliya Gotabhaya Gallen Rajamaha Viharaya

Panaliya Gotabhaya Gallen Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient cave temple believed to be built by king Gotabhaya who ruled the Ruhunu kingdom in the 2nd century BC on a 400 feet high rocky outcrop 5km off Polgahawela towards Rambukkana.

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Vilbawa Rajamaha Viharaya – විල්බාව රජමහා විහාරය

Vilbawa Rajamaha Viharaya

Vilbawa Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient cave temple on a 200 feet high rocky outcrop 5km off Kurunegala. In dating this site, the oldest artifact which has been found at this site is a pre brami cave inscription which has been dated to late pre Christian era or early Christian era.

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Koradoluwa Mayuraselarama Viharaya – කොරදොළුව මයුරසේලාරාම විහාරය

Koradoluwa Mayuraselarama Viharaya

Koradoluwa Mayuraselarama Viharaya lies on a rocky outcrop in Polgahawela DS about 6.5 km from the town. According to folklore, this rocky plateau had a large imprint of a peacock thus was called Monaragala in earlier times. Most of the

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Wadakada Seruwagala Purana Viharaya – වදාකඩ සේරුවාගල පුරාණ විහාරය

Wadakada Seruwagala Purana Viharaya

Seruwagala Purana Viharaya lies on a large rock plain covering an area of over 50 acres. Current temple at the site goes back to the Kandyan Era but according to folklore this temple has been built during the period of king Walagamba. However no evidence to backup this can be found today.

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Alawwa Maligagodella Ruins – අලව්ව මාලිගාගොඩැල්ල නටබුන්

Alawwa Maligagodella Ruins

Alawwa Maligagodella is a rather unknown site with ruins on a rocky outcrop 3.5km off Alawwa town. The area is scattered with ruins of number of ancient buildings.

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Algama Sri Sangharaja Rajamaha Viharaya – අල්ගම ශ්‍රී සංඝරාජ රජමහා විහාරය

The main Samadhi statue with an elaborate Makara Thorana at the Algama Sri Sangharaja Rajamaha Viharaya

According to the historic Algama Sannasa, Sri Sangharaja Rajamaha Viharaya has been re built and granted to Weliwita Sri Saranankara Sangaraja Thero by Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 2341 BE (1797 CE).

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Metiyagane Mayurawathi Rajamaha Viharaya – මැටියගනේ මයුරාවතී රජමහා විහාරය

The image house built by king Rajasinghe II at Metiyagane Mayurawathi Rajamaha Viharaya

Dambadeniya Metiyagane Mayurawathi Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient cave temple on the Dambadeniya – Narammala road just 4 km from Dambadeniya. Based on the dating of inscriptions found at the temple the history of the temple goes at least back to the 1st century.

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Historic Balana Kadawatha Kos Gasa – බලන කඩවත කොස් ගස

The historic Kadawatha Kos Gaha (Kadawatha Jack Tree)

This historic Jack tree known as the Kadawatha Kos Gasa is the only reminder of the entrance to the Kandyan Kingdom through the Balana route. Historic documents states that the tax officers of the king used to rest under this tree.

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Ihalakotte Sangaraja Lena – ඉහලකෝට්ටේ සංඝරාජ ලෙන (සඟ­ර­ජ­ලෙන)

Sangaraja Lena - where Welivita Sri Saranankara Thero lived for a while near the rail line

An unappreciated cave hidden along the railway line and close to the Ihalakotte Station where the great Sangaraja Welivita Sri Saranankara Thero lived as an young samanera after the death of his teacher was killed by king Narendrasinghe

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Nathagane Ancient Cave Temple Complex Ruins – නාථගනේ පුරාණ ලෙන් විහාරය නටබුන්

The second ancient image house at the Nathagane Ancient Cave Temple Complex in Kurunegala

The mountain range of Nathagane had acted as a Monastery, Temple, Fortification and a place complex since the 2nd-3rd century BC. A large number of caves can be found with remains of ancient buildings at this mountain range.

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Hambegamuwa Purana Rajamaha Viharaya – හම්බේගමුව පුරාණ රජමහා විහාරය

Ancient Muthumala Stupa after conservation at Hambegamuwa Purana Rajamaha Viharaya

Hambegamuwa Purana Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient viharaya adjoining Hambegamuwa reservoir with a large ancient stupa and stone ruins of an ancient Aramaic complex.

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Mattagoda Galekade Ambalama in Gampaha – ගම්පහ මත්තගොඩ ගලේකඩේ අම්බලම

Mattagoda Ambalama in Gampaha

Mattagoda Galekade Ambalama lies close to the Ambagahaspitiya and Aweriyawela ambalamas in Gampaha District. It is a fairly large brick and mortar structure with a inner chamber and a surrounding corridor. Plain square and cylindrical pillars hold the roof. A half height wall is built around the inner chamber with an opening for the entrance at the front.

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Amunugoda Ambalama in Gampaha – ගම්පහ අමුණුගොඩ අම්බලම

Amunugoda Ambalama in Gampaha

Amunugoda Ambalama at Gampaha is a 13 feet x 13 feet brick and mortar structure with seven brick pillars holding the roof. All the pillars are plain and carries no artwork. A half height wall is built around the building with an opening for the entrance at the front.

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Mihintale Galmaduwa Sulugulu Purana Viharaya – මිහින්තලේ ගල්මඩුව සුලුගුලු පුරාණ විහාරය

The ancient stupa now resembling a mound of earth at the Mihinthale Galmaduwa Sulugulu Purana Viharaya

Galmaduwa Sulugulu Purana Viharaya is an ancient temple of belonging to the Anuradhapura era in Mihinthale hidden deep inside the country. An unrestored stupa mound and number of ancient artifacts is an indication of the age of this site.

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Historic Naga Bodhi at Parakaduwa Bodhimaluwa Sri Nagabodhi Viharaya – පරකඩුව බෝධිමළුව ශ්‍රී නාගබෝධි විහාරය

The 1000 year old ancient Na (Ironwood) tree (naga bodhi) planted by king Mahinda V in 1025 at Parakaduwa Bodhimaluwa Sri Nagabodhi Viharayathe

The 1000 year old ancient Na (Ironwood) tree (naga bodhi) at Parakaduwa Bodhimaluwa Sri Nagabodhi Viharaya is said to be planted by king Mahinda V in 1025.

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Mathurata Wattaramthanne Purana Viharaya – මතුරට වට්ටාරම්තැන්න පුරාණ විහාරය

Mathurata Wattaramthanne Purana Viharaya

Mathurata Wattaramthanne Purana Viharaya is hidden ancient temple off Mathurata on the route to Mandaramnuwara with some unique stone carvings not found anywhere else,

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Wataddara Gal Pinthaliya in Gampaha – ගම්පහ වටද්දර ගල් පිංතාලිය

Wataddara Gal Pinthaliya in Gampaha

A stone Pinthaliya which was kept by the roads filled with water for the wary travellers during the times of kings. The Pinthaliya at Wataddara stands right opposite the Wataddara Ganekanda Sri Sumanarama Purana Viharaya.

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Balabowa Ambalama in Gampaha – ගම්පහ බලබෝව අම්බලම

Balabowa Ambalama in Gampaha

Balabowa is a small town between Minuwangoda and Veyangoda in Gampaha District. This is a brick and mortar structure with four brick pillars holding the roof. All the pillars are plain and carries no artwork. A half height wall is built around the building with an opening for the entrance at the front.

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Kossinna Ambalama in Gampaha – ගම්පහ කොස්සින්න අම්බලම

Kossinna Ambalama in Gampaha

Kossinna is a small town between Kadawatha and Ganemulla in Gampaha District. This is a brick and mortar structure with seven brick pillars holding the roof. All the pillars are plain and carries no artwork. A half height wall is built around the building with an opening for the entrance at the front.

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Bulugahagoda Ambalama in Gampaha – ගම්පහ බුළුගහගොඩ අම්බලම

Gampaha Bulugahagoda Ambalama

Bulugahagoda is a small town between Ragama and Ganemulla in Gampaha District. The Bulugahagoda Ambalama is an way side rest believed to be built about 100 years ago. An Ambalama is a place constructed for pilgrims, traders and travelers to rest or spend the night in the ancient Sri Lanka.

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Murukkuwatawana Gallen Rajamaha Viharaya – මුරුක්කුවටවන ගල්ලෙන් රජමහා විහාරය

The conserved stupa at the top of the rock in Murukkuwatawana Gallen Rajamaha Viharaya

Murukkuwatawana is a remote village lying on the Tabbowa – Miyellawa road surrounded by jungle from all four sides. The ancient temple complex at Murukkuwatawana lies at the center of a large rocky outcrop adjoining the village.

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Diyabate Purana Len Viharaya – දියබටේ පුරාණ විහාරය

Diyabate Purana Viharaya

Diyabate Purana Viharaya lies between Yapahuwa and Madagalla on the Maho – Madagalla Road. Turning right at Konwewa and traveling 2 km will bring you to this desolated temple complex built at the bottom of a massive rock at Diyabate.

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Meewalapathaha Archaeological Reserve – මීවලපතහ පුරාවිද්‍යා රක්ෂිතය / මීවලපතහ පුරාණ චෛත්‍ය වර්ධනාරාමය

Meewalapathaha Archaeological Reserve

The conserved site of Meewalapathaha Archaeological Reserve lies resides in and around the Meewalapathaja Purana Chaithaya Wardhanaramaya temple. The site consist of a a preserved ancient stupa built on a square platform. A stone slab flower alter and other granite artifacts found during the excavations can be seen displayed around the stupa.

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Maha Andarawewa Archaeological Reserve / Andarawewa Walagamba Rajamaha Viharaya – මහ අන්දරවැව පුරාවිද්‍යා රක්ෂිතය / අන්දරවැව වලගම්බා රජමහා විහාරය

Ruins of the ancient stupa at Maha Andarawewa Archaeological Reserve / Andarawewa Walagamba Rajamaha Viharaya

Maha Andarawewa Archaeological Reserve at the Andarawewa Walagamba Rajamaha Viharaya lies on the Puttalam – Galgamuwa road, close to Nawagattegama. The site is 42km away from Puttalam and 19 km away from Galgamuwa.

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Ruins on the Matara Galgodiyana Island – මාතර ගල්ගොඩියාන දූපත බෞද්ධ නටබුන්

Ruins on the Matara Galgodiyana Island

Galgodiyana is an island off Matara lying less than 200 meters off land with ruins of a Stupa and a mystic entrance built with boulders. These structures has been built by a Thai prince who had taken up robes in Sri Lanka in late 19th century.

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Buttala Yatiyallathota Kutumbala Rajamaha Viharaya – බුත්තල යටියල්ලාතොට කුටුම්බාල රජමහා විහාරය

The larger of the dilapidated stupas of Yatiyallathota Kutumbala Rajamaha Viharaya

Buttala Yatiyallathota Kutumbala Rajamaha Viharaya is believed to be during the reign of Mahanaga, brother of king Devanampiatissa (250-210 BC). One of the two large stupa still remains as mound of earth while a new stupa has been built on top of the other.

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Eethanawatta Meddegoda Purana Tampita Viharaya – ඊතණවත්ත මැද්දේගොඩ පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Eethanawatta Meddegoda Purana Tampita Viharaya

The Tampita Viharaya at the Eethanawatta Purana Viharaya is built upon 12 granite pillars. A narrow circumambulating path around the main chamber can be seen. The outer wall of the inner chamber is covered in paintings. Entrance to the chamber is through a finely decorated Makara Throrana (Dragon Arch).

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