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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 Tampita Viharaya – දවුලුගල 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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Buttala Aluthwela Thibbatuwawa Purana Tampita Viharaya – බුත්තල අළුත්වෙල තිබ්බටුවාව පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Buttala Aluthwela Thibbatuwawa Purana Tampita Viharaya

Aluthwela Thibbatuwawa Purana Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient temple with a probable history going back to Anuradhapura kingdom just 2 km off the Sella Kataragama – Buttala road with an ancient Na Bodhiya and a Tampita Viharaya belonging to the Kandyan Era.

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Buttala Happoruwa Purana Viharaya – බුත්තල හප්පෝරුව පුරාණ විහාරය

Ancient Stupa at the Happoruwa Purana Viharaya

Built during king Devanapiyatissa era (250-210 BC), Buttala Happoruwa Purana Viharaya (Hathporuwa Purana Viharaya) is an ancient temple on the Sella Kataragama – Buttala road.

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Watagedara Sri Sudarshanaramaya Purana Pothgul Tampita Viharaya – වටගෙදර ශ්‍රී සුදර්ශනාරාමය පුරාණ පොත්ගුල් ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Watagedara Sri Sudarshanaramaya Purana Pothgul Viharaya

Watagedara Sri Sudarshanaramaya Purana Pothgul Viharaya is an ancient temple with a two storied Tampita Viharaya built during the Kandyan era. This temple lie 4 km from Godagama exit on the Southern Expressway and 8 km from Matara.

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Dampahala Vilayaya Purana Tampita Viharaya – දම්පහල විලයාය පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

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Dampahala Vilayaya (Wilayaya) Purana Viharaya is an ancient temple in Matara district with a Tampita Viharaya built during the Kandyan era.  This temple lie between Pasdgoda and Urubokka and  9  km off Pasdgoda, 6.5 km off Urubokka and 22 km

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Narawelpita Thorawita Purana Tampita Viharaya – නරවැල්පිට තෝරාවිට පුරාණ ටැම්පිට රජමහා විහාරය

Narawelpita Thorawita Purana Tampita Viharaya

Hakmana Narawelpita Thorawita Purana Tampita Viharaya, also known as Narawelpita Maha Pansala  is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya built during the Kandyan era.  This temple lie in Narawelpita South between Hakmana and Kamburupitiya. Narawelpita South lies about 3 km

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Kamburupitiya Ransegoda Purana Tampita Viharaya – කඹුරුපිටිය රන්සෑගොඩ පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Kamburupitiya Ransegoda Purana Tampita Viharaya

Kamburupitiya Ransegoda (Ranchagoda) Purana Viharaya is an ancient temple with a Tampita Viharaya built during the Kandyan era. This temple lie between Makandura and Kamburupitiya, 5 km off Kamburupitiya town, 3.5 km off Makandura and 24 km from Matara.

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Matara Hiththatiya Rajamaha Viharaya – මාතර හිත්තැටිය රජමහා විහාරය

Matara Hiththatiya Rajamaha Viharaya

Matara Hiththatiya Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient Temple lying very close to the Matara town. The beginning of the temple is unknown, but the Bo Tree at the temple is believed to be over 1000 years old.

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Agalakada Sri Dharmarakshitha Purana Viharaya – අගලකඩ ධර්මරක්ෂිත පුරාණ විහාරය

Agalakada Dhammarakshitha Purana Viharaya

Agalakada Dharmarakshitha Purana Viharaya has been built by Agalabada Dharmarakshitha Thero with a Tampita Viharaya during the reign of king Kirthi Sri Rajasinhe (1747 – 1781). This temple lie between Akuressa and Morawaka, 5.5 km off Akuressa town and 21 km off Morawaka.

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Mahavehera Purana Tampita Viharaya – මහවැහැර පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Mahavehera Tampita Viharaya

The Tampita Viharaya at the Mahavehera Purana Viharaya is a 16th century building which has been renovated destroying its original pillar structure but still maintains its original form within the image house.

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Dembawa Purana Tampita Viharaya – දැඹව පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Dembawa Purana Tampita Viharaya

Dembawa Purana Viharaya is a Buddhist temple in Wahakotte,between Galewela and Matale with an ancient Tampita Viharaya built during the Kandyan Kingdom. The temple lies off 36 km off Matale town and 8 km off Galewela.

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Welangahawatta Sri Dhamajothiyarama Purana Tampita Viharaya – වෙලන්ගහවත්ත ශ්‍රී ධම්මජෝතියාරාමය පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

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Sri Dhamajothiyarama Purana Viharaya is a Buddhist temple in Welangahawatta , Matale with an ancient Tampita Viharaya built during the Kandyan Kingdom. The temple lies off 18 km off Matale town.

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Udasgiriya Bomaluwa Purana Tampita Viharaya – උඩස්ගිරිය පුරාණ බෝමළුව ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Udasgiriya Bomaluwa Purana Tampita Viharaya

The Tampita Viharaya at the Udasgiriya Bomaluwa Purana Viharaya is comparatively small and is built on 9 short granite stumps. There is no room for a circumambulating path. A granite stairway leads to a massive door door frame to the image house of the Tampita Viharaya.

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Medabedda Sri Bodhimalu Purana Tampita Viharaya – මැදබැද්ද ශ්‍රී බෝධිමළු පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Medabedda Sri Bodhimalu Purana Viharaya

Medabedda Sri Bodhimalu Purana Viharaya is a Buddhist temple in Medabedda, Matale with ruins of an ancient Tampita Viharaya built during the Kandyan Kingdom. The temple lies off 7 km off Galewela town.

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Walawela Pamunuwa Purana Tampita Viharaya – වාලවෙල පමුණුව පුරාණ ටැම්පිට විහාරය

Walawela Pamunuwa Purana Tampita Viharaya

The Tampita Viharaya at the Pamunuwa Purana Viharaya is comparatively small and is built on 9 short granite stumps. There is a narrow ledge with no protective rail around the image house not wide enough to be a circumambulating path.

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