Lahugala Magul Maha Viharaya – ලාහුගල මගුල් මහා විහාරය

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Lahugala Magul Maha Viharaya
The famous moonstone

Lahugala is one of the unspoilt National Parks in Sri Lanka on the Monaragala District. The Siyambalanduwa – Pottuvil Road runs on the south-eastern sector of the park. The Magul Maha Viharaya lies about 22 km off from Siyambalanduwa town and about 11 km off Pottvil.

This temple is said to be built by King Kavanthissa in the 2nd Century BC on the location where the King married the pricecess Vihara Maha Devi. The foundations of the “Magul maduwa” where the wedding ceremony took place can still be seen in the vihara premises.

The entire Vihara complex had covered an extent of around 10,000 acres where ruins of a palace, moonstone , monastery, bo-maluwa, stupas, ponds etc. are found scattered all over. The moonstone here is said to be unique in the country as this is the the only location where elephants are carved with their mahouts in the moonstone .

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Map of Lahugala Magul Maha Viharaya

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Directions to Magul Maha Viharaya

Lahugala Magul Maha Viharaya lies 1.5 km off the main Monoragala – Pottuvil road 20 km off Siyambalanduwa town.

Route from Colombo to Magula Maha Vehera

Route from Buthala town to Magula Maha Vehera

Though : Ratnapura – Palmadulla – thanamalwila – Wellawaya
distance : 317 km
Travel time : 6-7 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Monaragala – Siyambalanduwa
distance : 77 km
Travel time : 1.5 hours
Driving directions : see on google map

Route from Pottuvil town to Magula Maha Vehera

distance : 11 km
Travel time : 17 mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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