A Tampita Viharaya is a structure built on a wooden platform which rests on number of stone stumps usually 3-4 feet tall. The roof is held by a structure built of timber and the walls are generally made of wattle and daub. Walls inside the chamber is more or less always covered in paintings drawn mainly in Kandyan style.
Gondeniya Purana Tampita Viharaya is a such a temple lying off Kandugannawa in Kandy district. The viharaya is built on 8 granite pillars. A wooden flight of steps take you to the entrance. Some of the paintings at the entrance including the guardian deities beside the door have been recently re drawn with modern figures. A hall is built surrounding the Tampita Viharaya encompassing it completely.
Gondeniya Purana Tampita Viharaya can be reached by taking the Alagalla road from from Kadugannawa and turning off at the 3rd mile post (3 කණුව) junction. There location marked on the map bellow is a approximate area of the temple.
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Map of Gondeniya Purana Tampita Viharaya
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Traveling to Gondeniya Purana Tampita Viharaya
Route from Colombo to Kadugannawa
|Distance : 103 km|
Travel time : 3.30 hours
Time to spend : 20- 30 mins
Driving directions : see on google map