Kahatagasdigiliya Kalpe Archaeological Reserve (කහටගස්දිගිලිය කල්පේ පුරාවිද්‍යා රක්‍ෂිතය)

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Kalpe Archaeological Reserve lies somewhat in the middle of Anuradhapura – Trincomalee Road. Its 47 km away from Anuradhapura and 60 km away from Trincomalee. Traveling from Anuradhapura passing Mihintale, Kahatagasdigiliya and the Kalpe wewa, you come across the Kalpe Junction, 13 km past Kahatagasdigiliya. From this junction take the gravel road to the right and travel one kilometer to reach the site.

The archaeological site is spread over an area of about 75 acres. The main artifact of the site is an fairly large stupa, about 5 meters in height now. This stupa is built on a 4mx4m platform. The complete construction of the stupa and the platform which its standing is made of clay bricks. Four stones with the carved foot print of Buddha (siripathul Gal) are placed on the four sides of the stupa.

About 7 meters away southwest of the stupa lies remains of a Tampita Viharaya. 30 pillar stumps (out of possible 36 pillar stumps) on which the Tampita Viharaya stood can be found. You can also see a moonstone, two stone balustrades (Korawak gal) and a pair of Guard Stones (Muragal) close to this building. Since the Bull which is seen on Anuradhapura era is missing in this moonstone, this building can be dated to the Polonnaruwa Era (1017-1236 BCE). However the stone balustrades (korawak gal) lacks any elaborate carvings.

In addition, there are foundations and remains of few other buildings as well close to the tampita viharaya. Based on the features of the holes on the stone artifacts which were result of splitting the rocks, these buildings can be placed to the early Anuradhapura period. Therefore this site shows activity from Anuradhapura kingdom to Polonnaruwa kingdom up the time time of Kandyan kingdom.

remains of a another building compex enclosed by a moat is found 200 meters east to the stupa in an area called Maligawatta which litterly means Palace Garden. During excavations carried out in this area in 1977, 7 Buddha images made of gold had been discovered which are now placed in Colombo Museum. The building complex surrounded by this moat is believed to be a aramic complex built in the Pabbatha Vihara style of architecture.

References

  1. Mendis, T., Abeywardana, N. and Dissanayaka, S. (2015) “මධ්‍ය යාන්ඔය නිම්නය ආශ්‍රිත පුරාණ ජනාවාස රටාව හා සංස්කෘතික භූ දර්ශනය,” The Journal of Archaeology & Heritage Studies, 2(1).

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Map of Kahatagasdigiliya Kalpe Archaeological Reserve

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Travel Directions to Kahatagasdigiliya Kalpe Archaeological Reserve

Anuradhapura can be reached through many routes from Colombo. The two main routes are through Puttalam (Puttalama) and though Kurunegala. Traveling from Puttalam you will pass scenic Wilpattu area. the From Kurunegala there are two main routes to Anuradhapura. The most common route is through Dambulla. The other route is though Galgamuwa. Out of all the routes, the commonly used is the Kurunegala – Dambulla route (Route 2).

Route 01 from Colombo to AnuradhapuraRoute 02 from Colombo to Anuradhapura
Through : Negombo – Chillaw – Puttalam
Distance from Colombo :213 km
Travel time : 4.30- 5.00 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Through : Ambepussa – Kurunegala – Dambulla
Distance from Colombo : 217 km
Travel time : 4.30- 5.00 hours
Driving Directions : see on google maps
Route 03 from Colombo to AnuradhapuraRoute from Kandy to Anuradhapura
Through : Ambepussa – Kurunegala – Padeniya – Thambuthegama
Distance from Colombo :210 km
Travel time : 4.30- 5.00 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Through : Katugastota – Matale – Dambulla
Distance from Colombo :136 km
Travel time : 3 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Route from Anuradhapura to Kahatagasdigiliya Kalpe Archaeological Reserve
Through : Mihintale – Kahatagasdigiliya
Distance : 48 km
Travel time : 1 hour
Time to spend : 1 hour
Driving directions : see on google map

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