Ruins of an ancient Buddhist monastery has been discovered on the rock plains on the eastern edge of the Wembadikulama Forest Reservation. These ruins has been designated as a protected archaeological site since 2014.
Kotigala rock plains lies along the Sammanthurai – Deeghavapi Road in middle of a paddy field. A drip ledge cave with inscriptions on this rock has been designated as a protected archaeological site by the Government with the Gazette issued on 10th October 2014, and describes the location as follows;
“Kotigala rock plain where the drip ledged cave with Brahmi inscriptions is situated in the place called Kotigala belonging to Pennanweli village in No. SP 84C-005-07 Irakkamam Grama Niladhari Division in Eragama (Irakkamam) Divisional Secretary’s Division in Ampara District in Eastern Province. (latitude 7º 16′ 46” N and longitude 081º 45′ 30” E).”
GPS location is marked based on the above description. However it is recommended to get directions to this place from a party familiar with the area before attempting to visit the place. It is unlikely that you will get any assistance from the villagers who are predominately non Buddhists. Unfortunately some of the extreme elements are already gradually destroying such remote heritage sites in order to erase any signs Buddhist civilization in the area in the past.
Map of Eragama (Irakkamam) Kotigala Archaeological Site
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Travel Directions to Eragama (Irakkamam) Kotigala Archaeological Site
Route from Ampara to Eragama (Irakkamam) Kotigala Archaeological Site
|Through : Eragama|
Distance : 15 km
Travel time :30 min
Time to spend : 30 mins
Driving directions : see on google map