Ibbagala Raja Maha Viharaya – ඉබ්බාගල රජමහා විහාරය

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Ibbagala Cave Temple - Ibbagala Raja Maha Viharaya - Ibbagala Len Viharaya at Kurunegala
The image house in the cave
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Although a bustling city today,  Kurunegala was a ancient capital of Sri Lanka for over 50 years in the 13th century. The city has lost most of the ancient heritage with the urbanization,   but most of the temples of the ancient times still remain. Ibbagala Raja Maha Viharaya ( Ibbagala Cave Temple) is such a cave temple which lies in the mid valley area of the Ethagala Rock. Ibbagala ( Tortise Rock) lies where  Ethugala ( Elephant Rock) and the Kurumiiya Gala ( Beetle Rock)  joins together.

The cave image house of the temple is believed to be built during the King Buwanekabahu the second (1293 – 1302) for the priests who were in charge of services of the sacred tooth relic of buddha which was deposited on a palace closeby.

There is a large rock cut ‘Sri Pathul Gala’ (foot print of buddha) in the temple. It is said that the king Buwakekabahu built this for his mother since she was too fragile to make the the trip to Sri Pada.

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Driving Directions to Ibbagala Raja Maha Viharaya

The temple lies halfway on to the buddha statue on the top of Ethagala Rock. You can use the stairs cut on to the rock to reach this temple or use the motarable road which lies passing these steps

Route from Colombo to Ibbagala Raja Maha Viharaya

Route from Kurunegala to Ibbagala Raja Maha Viharaya

Via : Kelaniya – Ambepussa – Kurunegala – Padeniya – Mahagalkadawala
Distance : 98 km
Travel time : 2.5 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Distance : 1.5 km
Travel time : 10 mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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