Ihala Puliyankulama Veheragala Rajamaha Viharaya – ඉහල පුලියන්කුලම වෙහෙරගල රජමහා විහාරය

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Image house of Veheragala Rajamaha Viharaya

Image house of Veheragala Rajamaha Viharaya
Image courtesy of Dr. Ashan Geeganage

Ihala Puliyankulama Veheragala Rajamaha Viharaya (Weheragala Rajamaha Viharaya) is an ancient Buddhist temple developed in the pre christian times  in the Puttalam District close to the Wilpattu National Park.

With only  about 40 km to Anuradhapura, This area probably had been a flourishing area with Jungle Monasteries during the Anuradhapura Era. Signs of this civilization can be still seen at Wilandagoda Aranya, Ruins at Erabadugaswewa and Gal Hatha and ruins at Naipena Guhawa, now inside the Wilpattu National Park in addition to the  Veheragala Temple.

 

With a carefully engineered plan, a smile and some clever sweet-talk, I managed to persuade him to take me there.
Soon, we were watching Colombo’s concrete jungle disappear in the distance: the journey had begun.

Nearly 27 kilometres from Puttalam, on the Anuradhapura-Puttalam road, we took a left turn at the 17th mile post to Pahala Puliyankulama, which is the last village in this area. Despite the fact that it is a dry zone, we passed several lakes and ponds. We feasted our eyes on several species of birds endemic to the dry zone. As I looked out of the window, I saw a myriad Tamarind trees casting their immense shadow on us. It then dawned on me why the place was called Puliyankulama – the Tamil word for Tamarind Lake.

 

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Route from Colombo to Ihala Puliyankulama Veheragala Rajamaha Viharaya

Though : Negombo – Puttlam
Distance : 143 km
Travel time : 3.5 hours
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