Crocodile Rock in Panama lies at the river mouth where the Heda Oya falls to sea, east of the Sastrawela Mani Naga Pabbatha Viharaya.
Crocodile Rock is today a tourist destination for its view of the pristine beaches of the east but unknown to many some drip ledge caves, rock cut steps and ruins of an ancient stupa can be found on this rock. The beach below this rock is a popular surfing point.
These ruins has been declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government with the Gazette issued on 10th October 2014, and describes the location as follows ;
“Small rock (crocodile rock) with drip ledged caves, flight of steps, ruins of an ancient stupa at coastal belt situated towards east from Shasthrawela Vihara premises Shasthrawela village in Grama Niladari Division No. PP 06 Panama North in the Divisional Secretary’s Division, Lahugala in Ampara District in Eastern Province. (latitude 06º 80998′ N and longitude 081º 82424′ E).”
The route to the Crocodile Rock is through the road to the Sastrawela Mani Naga Pabbatha Viharaya.
Map of Crocodile Rock Archaeological Site
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Travel Directions to Crocodile Rock Archaeological Site
Route from Pottuvil to Crocodile Rock Archaeological Site
|Through : Panama|
Distance : 11 km
Travel time : 30 mins
Time to spend : 30 mins
Driving directions : see on google map