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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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Buttala Gonaganara Walagamba Purana Viharaya – බුත්තල ගෝනගංආර වලගම්බා පුරාණ විහාරය

The ancient stupa of the Buttala Gonaganara Walagamba Purana Viharaya

Walagamba Purana Viharaya in Gonaganara in Buttala is an ancient temple scatted with ruins of the ancient civilization in Rohana area. The temple is hidden deep inside Buttala on the Sella Kataragama road.

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Buttala Katugahagalge Rajamaha Viharaya – බුත්තල කටුගහගල්ගේ රජමහා විහාරය

The 300 feet long main cave which contains the image house and the Sangawasa - Buttala Katugahagalge Rajmaha Viharaya

Katugahagalge Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient cave temple with its origin going back to pre christian era with some unique features including a Nissanka Gau Inscription pillar,

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Mullegama Mulgirigala Rajamaha Viharaya – මුල්ලේගම මුල්ගිරිගල රජමහා විහාරය

The main cave temple of Mullegama Mulgirigala Rajamaha Viharaya

Mullegama Mulgirigala Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient cave temple with inscriptions recording donations to maha sanga which has been dated to 1st – 3rd centuries BC.

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Unambuwa Purana Tampita Viharaya – උණම්බුව පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Unambuwa Purana Tampita Viharaya

At the ancient temple at Unambuwa, you will find a Tampita Viharaya built during the Kandyan era. A Tampita Viharaya is a structure built on a wooden platform which rests on number of stone stumps usually 3-4 feet tall.

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Thulhiriya Mangedara Tampita Viharaya – තුල්හිරිය මංගෙදර ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Mangedara Tampita Viharaya at Thulhiriya

Mangedara is a small Tampita Viharaya built during the Kandyan era which still maintains its original charm. The temple lies few kilometers from Ambepussa junction and is accessible from either Kurunegala road or Kandy road.

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Bothale Welameda Ambalama in Gampaha – බෝතලේ වෙලමැද අම්බලම

View of Bothale Welameda Ambalama over the lush paddy fields

In the middle of lush green paddy fields of Bothale lies an dilapidated Ambalama neglected by the authorities. The history of the Bothale village goes back to times of King Gothabaya (253-266 AD) of Anuradhapura kingdom.

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Ranwala Purana Tampita Viharaya – රංවල පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Ranwala Purana Tampita Viharaya

Ranwala Purana Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya  hidden just few hundred meters away from the Colombo Kandy road just before the Kegalle town.

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Badalkumbura Veheragoda Purana Rajamaha Viharaya – බඩල්කුඹුර වෙහෙරගොඩ පුරාණ රජමහා විහාරය

The ancient image house of Badalkumbura Veheragoda Purana Rajamaha Viharaya

Although quite small, the image house of Badalkumbura Veheragoda Purana Rajamaha Viharaya looks as a art gallery in a time capsule. The entrance to the image house is made of a heavy wooden door frame. The top bar of the frame shows some carvings. A blue paint has been used to paint the door and its frame.

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Maradankadawala Maminiyawa Rajamaha Viharaya – මරදන්කඩවල මාමිනියාව රජමහා විහාරය

The damaged Buddha statue carved during the reign of king Mahasen

Maminiyawa Purana Rajamaha Viharaya is located in front of ‘Maminiyawa Wewa’ which is one of the six biggest reservoirs built by King Mahasen. Name of this sacred place is mentioned as ‘Surulu Maminiyawa’ in the book of ‘Nampotha’ which contains the names of ancient temples and fanes (Devale) in Sri Lanka.

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Hambegamuwa Aluthwewa Kotavehera Buddhist Ruins – හම්බෙගමුව අළුත්වැව කොටවෙහෙර බෞද්ධ නටබුණ්

Salgala Monastery

A small stupa and remains of a retaining wall around the stupa located on a rock platform is found at the Hambegamuwa Aluthwewa Kotavehera site. Near the Dagoba is a circle carved on the rock of about 3½ feet in diameter.

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Hambegamuwa Arambekema Buddhist Ruins – හම්බෙගමුව අරඹෙකෙම බෞද්ධ නටබුණ්

The natural rock pool at the top of the Hambegamuwa Rock Plateau

A rocky plateau called Arambekema by the Kalthota – Thanamalwila road in Hambegamuwa with some ancient Buddhist ruins and a large picturesque natural rock pool that never dries up even during droughts,

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Kukurampola Kukuluwa Rajamaha Viharaya – කුකුරම්පොල කුකුළුවා රජමහා විහාරය

The dilapidated stupa of Kukurampola Kukuluwa Rajamaha Viharaya

Kukurampola Kukuluwa Rajamaha Viharaya consists of a ancient dilapidated stupa, now resembling a mound of earth. You will find a number of granite artifacts from the ancient temple gathered around this stupa.

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Pelwatta Mulgiri Rajamaha Viharaya – පැල්වත්ත මුල්ගිරි රජමහා විහාරය

An ancient granite flower alter of Pelwatta Mulgiri Rajamaha Viharaya

The first thing which comes in to mind when you speak about Palwatta is the massive Sugar Plantation. However thousands of years ago this area was a thriving Buddhist community with temples dotting the landscape. There are 3 ancient rajamaha

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Pelwatta Sri Devagiriya Rajamaha Viharaya – පැල්වත්ත ශ්‍රී දේවගිරිය රජමහා විහාරය

A broken guardstone of an ancient building at Pelawatta Horobokka Sri Devagiri Rajamaha Viharaya

Pelwatta Sri Devagiriya Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient temple with ancient granite pillars belonging to at least buildings, various differently shaped and sized flower alters carved out rock can be seen scattered around the temple.

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Pelwatta Sri Ovagiri Rajamaha Viharaya – පැල්වත්ත ශ්‍රී ඔවාගිරි රජමහා විහාරය

Parts of granite pillars of an ancient building at the Pelwatta Ovagiri Rajamaha Viharaya

An ancient temple with ancient granite pillars belonging to at least buildings, various differently shaped and sized flower alters carved out rock can be seen scattered around the temple.

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Buttala Unawatuna Rajamaha Viharaya – බුත්තල උනාවටුන රජමහා විහාරය

Remains of an ancient building at the Buttala Pelawatta Unawatuna Rajamaha Viharaya

Unawatuna is small town on the Wellawaya – Buttala road belonging the Buttala Divisional Secretary’s Division. There are several folklores regarding how this area got its name. One folklore goes back to the time of king Mahanaga who ruled the

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Wellawaya Kinkini Rajamaha Viharaya – වැල්ලවාය කිංකිණි රජමහා විහාරය

Granite pillars of an ancient building at the Handapangala Kinkini Rajamaha Viharaya

Wellawaya Kinkini Rajamaha Viharaya covers a large area scattered with various artifacts belonging to an ancient era. The archeological remains of a stupa , and stone columns of many other buildings is believed to be belongs to the era of King Walagamba (89-77 BC).

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Handapangala Keheliya Rajamaha Viharaya – හඳපාන්ගල කෙහෙලිය රජමහා විහාරය

What remains of the ancient stupa - @ Wellawaya Kehaliya Rajamaha Viharaya

Handapangala is today synonymous with wild elephants due the elephant corridor but thousands of years ago this area was a thriving Buddhist community with temples dotting the landscape. Handapangala lies 10 km off Wellawaya and 25 km off Thanamalwila on

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Handapangala Weherayaya 3rd Sector Archaeological Reserve – හඳපාන්ගල වෙහෙරයාය 3වන අදියර පුරාවිද්‍යා රක්ෂිතය

A washed out ancient stupa at the Weherayaya 3rd Sector Archaeological Reserve

Deep in the jungles in Ethiliwewa off Handapangala, lies the Weherayaya 3rd Sector Archaeological Reserve with the ruins of an ancient temple complex. Monolithic stone pillars some still standing on their original place, broken pillars, scatter this land indicating a floreshing temple in the Ruhunu kingdom.

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Weherayaya Sri Gangarama Rajamaha Viharaya – හඳපාන්ගල වෙහෙරයාය ශ්‍රී ගංගාරාම රජමහා විහාරය

This new stupa has been built upon the ancient stupa at the top of the rock at Handapangala Weherayaya Sri Gangarama Rajamaha Viharaya

Weherayaya Sri Gangarama Rajamaha Viharaya is a modern Pirivena built on top of an ancient monastery. Ruins of the ancient era now lies scattered among the new buildings.

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Kokabe Archaeological Reserve and Megalithic Burial Ground – කොක්එබේ (කොක්ඇබේ) පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Monastic Ruins of Kokabe

Kokabe Archaeological Reserve has been dated to pre christian era and lies off the beaten track far way from civilization and pilgrim routes in the jungles off Horowpathana.

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Bentota Bemvehera Gane Rajamaha Viharaya – බෙන්තොට බෙම්වෙහෙර ගණේ රජමහා විහාරය

Bentota Bemvehera Gane Rajamaha Viharaya

Bentota Bemvehera Gane Rajamaha Viharaya is one of the five temples which belonged to the Bentota Rajamaha Viharaya which was built during the king Devanampiyatissa.

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Bentota Bodhimalu Rajamaha Viharaya – බෙන්තොට බෝධිමළු රජමහා විහාරය

Bentota Bodhimalu Rajamaha Viharaya

Bodhimalu Rajamaha Viharaya has been built during the reign of the minister Devaprathiraja of the king Saddhatissa (137-119 BC) by the minister Devapathiraja. It is believed that one of the first 32 samplings of from Sri Maha Bodhi is planted here.

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Udakotuwa Bodhi Sameepa Bentota Rajamaha Viharaya – බෙන්තොට උඩකොටුව බෝධි සමීප රජමහා විහාරය

Udakotuwa Bodhi Sameepa Bentota Rajamaha Viharaya

Udakotuwa Bodhi Sameepa Bentota Rajamaha Viharaya is one of the five temples which belonged to the Bentota Rajamaha Viharaya which was buit during the king Devanampiyatissa.

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Poramadulla Ambalama – පොරමඩුල්ල අම්බලම

Poramadulla Ambalama

Hidden behind a large cement arch of the entrance to the Poramadulla Vidyakara Maha Vidyalaya you will find the dilapidated Poramadulla Ambalama neglected and forgotten.

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Kandekumbura Ambalama – කන්දෙකුඹුර අම්බලම

The Kandekumbura Ambalama on the Katugastota - Kurunegala road as seen on 2015. Due to lack of maintenance this ambalama has further deteriorated.

According to Rohitha Dasanayake of Peradeniya University, Kandekumbura Ambalama has been built on 1st March 1938 by a person called Galpatigedhara Kiripuncha. Even though this structure lies just beside a main road, its roof and the structure is crumbling and weeds cover the surrounding area.

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Dikwella Rathmale Ambalama – ලංකාවේ එකම මහල් දෙකේ රත්මලේ අම්බලම

Rathmale Ambalama - The only two storied ambalama in Sri Lanka

The unique Rathmale Ambalama is the only two storied ambalama found in the country. The upper floor of the ambalama is said to be used by the priests and the lower floor by the laymen.

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Matara Parawahera Ambalama – මාතර පරවාහැර අම්බලම

Matara Parawahera Ambalama

Parawahera Ambalama is a brick and mortar wayside rest lying 9 kms from Matara on the Ratmale Road. Ambalama is a way side rest built during the times of kings at various strategic places on popular routes for the weary

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Iratperiyakulama Shailabimbarama Purana Viharaya – ඊරට්ටපෙරියකුලම (ඉරට්පෙරියකුලම) ශෛලබිම්බාරාම පුරාණ විහාරය

Iratperiyakulama Shailabimbarama Purana Viharaya

Iratperiyakulama is a village lying on the A9 route (Kandy – Jaffna) 19 km passing Medawachchiya and 6 km before Vavuniya. The temple lie on the right next to the road built on an ancient Buddhist Monastic Complex. It is said that the temple was spread over an area of over 1 sq. kilometer but today has been restricted to a mere 2-3 acres.

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Maunawa Purana Tampita Viharaya – මාඋනාව පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Maunawa Purana Tampita Viharaya

Maunawa Purana Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya hidden on the Chilaw – Wariyapola road. Unfortunately this temple has been renovated in 1910 destroying all its antiquity.

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Kadupiti Madampe Thinapitiya Tampita Viharaya – කඩුපිටි මාදම්පේ තිණපිටිය ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Thinapitiya Tampita Viharaya at Madampe

Thinapitiya Tampita Viharaya (Tinapitiya Tampita Viharaya) is a temple built on pillars hidden away in Madampe and overshadowed by more popular Thaniwella Devalaya by the main road.

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Daulagala Araththana Tampita Viharaya – දවුලුගල අරත්තන ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Daulagala Tampita Viharaya hidden inside a black peper orchard.

Daulagala Tampita Viharaya is a tiny shrine built on pillars in middle of the Daulagala town in close proximity to Embekke Devalaya and Lankathilaka Raja Maha Viharaya. You would also find the popular Daulagala Ambalama in the town itself.

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Mawathagama Makulana Rajamaha Viharaya – බුදුන්ගේ කේශ ධාතු වැඩසිටින මාවතගම මකුලාන රජමහා විහාරය

@ Makulana Rajamaha Viharaya - Mawathagama

Mawathagama Makulana Rajamaha Viharaya is believed to be built enshrining part of the hair relic of Buddha given to Tapassu Balluka who and intern given to a merchant called Kanaka.

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Omalpe Purana Tampita Viharaya – ඕමල්පේ පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Omalpe Purana Tampita Viharaya

Omalpe Purana Viharaya is an ancient temple with a two storied Tampita Viharaya built during the era of the Kandyan kingdom. The temple lies between Urubokka and Panamure.

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Godakawela Sri Mahinda Purana Tampita Viharaya – ගොඩකවෙල ශ්‍රී මහින්ද පුරාණ ටැම්පිට රජමහා විහාරය

Godakawela Sri Mahinda Purana Tampita Viharaya

Godakawela Sri Mahinda Purana Viharaya is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya built during the era of the Kandyan kingdom. The temple lies right on the center of the Godakawela town between Madampe and Pallebedda.

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Dapane Sri Jayasumanaramaya Purana Tampita Viharaya – දාපනේ ශ්‍රී ජයසුමනාරාමය පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Dapane Sri Jayasumanaramaya Purana Tampita Viharaya

Dapane Sri Jayasumanaramaya Purana Viharaya is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya built during the Kandyan era. This temple lie 8 km from Urubokka and 9 km from Kella junction on the Suriyakanda – Empilipitiya road.

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Dikwela Sri Vishuddharamaya Purana Tampita Viharaya – දික්වෙල ශ්‍රී විශුද්ධාරාමය පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Modified Tampita Viharaya of Dikwela Sri Vishuddharamaya

Sri Vishuddharamaya in Dikwela is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya built during the era of the Kandyan kingdom. Unfortunately this Tampita Viharaya has been modernized losing all its architectural and historical value. Only the granite pillars seems to be of the original viharaya.

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Karambewa Sri Sudarshanarama Purana Tampita Viharaya – කරඹෑව ශ්‍රී සුදර්ශනාරාමය පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Karambewa Sri Sudarshanarama Purana Tampita Viharaya

Karambewa is a remote village lying between Alankulama and Siyambalewa in Anamaduwa. Sri Sudarshanarama Purana Viharaya in Karambewa is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya built during the era of the Kandyan kingdom.

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Mahawewa Sri Nagarama Purana Tampita Viharaya – මහවැව ශ්‍රී නාගාරාම පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Mahawewa Sri Nagarama Purana Tampita Viharaya

Mahawewa Sri Nagarama Purana Viharaya is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya built during the era of the Kandyan kingdom which lies between Marawila and Chilaw

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Kottukachchiya Bodhirukkharamaya Purana Tampita Viharaya – කොට්ටුකච්චිය බෝධිරුක්ඛාරාමය පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Kottukachchiya Bodhirukkharamaya Purana Viharaya

Kottukachchiya Bodhirukkharamaya Purana Viharaya is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya built during the era of the Kandyan kingdom.

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Padiyapelella Bodhimalkada Purana Tampita Viharaya – පදියපැලැල්ල බෝධිමල්කඩ පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Padiyapelella Purana Bodhimalkada Viharaya

Padiyapelella Bodhimalkada Purana Tampita Viharaya is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya built during the era of the Kandyan kingdom. Unfortunately the base has been covered and the “Tam” or pillars of this structure has been covered during later and now appears as a temple built on a normal foundation.

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Butttala Yatiyallathota Archaeological Reserve – යටියල්ලාතොට පුරාවිද්‍යා ස්ථානය

Ruins of a pond at the Butttala Yatiyallathota Archaeological Reserve

Hidden by jungle off Buttala, Yatiyallathota Archaeological Reserve is a hidden archaeological jewel in the southern part of the country.

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Bibile Kokunnewa Purana Tampita Viharaya – බිබිලේ කොකුන්නෑව පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Tampita Viharaya sketch og

Bibile Kokunnewa Purana Viharaya is an ancient temple in Monaragala district with a Tampita Viharaya built during the Kandyan era. This temple lie on the Bibile – Inginiyagala road, just 6.5 km off Bibile town.

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