Holike Kollegama Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site (හෝලිකේ කොල්ලෑගම රජමහා විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය)

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Holike is a settlement created in the 1950s in Padiyatalawa. The Holike Kollegama Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient temple complex with an unknown history. Many artefacts made of granite including steps with balustrades, granite pillars which are part of ancient buildings, etc can be seen scattered around the temple premises.

It is said that the name Holike was derived from Soli+Kethi which means place where disagreements are settled. The temple premises were declared a protected archaeological site by the Government with the Gazette issued on 26th December 2014, and describes the location as follows;

“The place with ruins of buildings and other archaeological relics at Ancient Temple premises, Holike (Kollegama Rajamaha Vihara) situated in Grama Niladhari Division No. 138, Holike in the Divisional Secretary’s Division, Padiyathalawa in Ampara District in Eastern Province. (latitude 07º22´ 098´´ N and longitude 81º15´ 66.7´´ E).

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Route from Kandy to Holike Rajamaha Viharaya
Through : Padiyatalawa
Distance :27 km
Travel time : 40 mins
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